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Before drumming with Queen, Roger Taylor was the drummer in the late-'60s hard rock band Smile, along with future Queen guitarist Brian May. In 1970, that group morphed into Queen with the addition of flamboyant lead singer Freddie Mercury. Over the next decade, Taylor would generally write one or two songs per Queen album, usually singing on his own compositions. The first member of the band to start a solo career, Taylor released his single "I Wanna Testify" in 1977. Although it failed to chart, that did not deter the drummer from recording a solo album, Fun in Space (1981). A modest success, the album showed Taylor performing more straightforward and political rock music than Queen. He followed with 1984's Strange Frontier, which sounded similar to Bruce Springsteen's music of the same period. After Queen's Magic Tour in 1986, Taylor formed his own band, the Cross, for which he played guitar. The group released three albums between 1987 and 1991, but never received much interest in England. After Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991, Taylor returned to a solo career, releasing Happiness? in 1994. Its first single, "Nazis 1994," was banned by Radio 1 and several stores as it was feared it would lead to neo-Nazi riots. Nonetheless, "Nazis 1994" became Taylor's first hit single in England and was followed by two other Top 40 U.K. hits, "Happiness" and "Foreign Sand." Electric Fire, which saw Taylor add some slight electronica elements to his rock sound, was released in 1998. In 2001, Taylor performed with May for Queen's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From 2005 to 2006, Taylor again joined May for the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour, a partnership that resulted in the 2008 studio album The Cosmos Rocks. In 2013 he released his fifth studio album, the politically and socially conscious Fun on Earth. Also in 2013, Taylor saw the release of his solo career-spanning box set The Lot. ~ Geoff Orens
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Roger Taylor


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Roger Taylor

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Roger Taylor

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Old Friends
  3.   Up
  4.   Beautiful Dreams
  5.   Dirty Mind featuring Cross
  6.   The Unblinking Eye
  7.   Dear Mr. Murdoch
  8.   Better Things featuring Cross
  9.   Abandonfire
  10.   Working Class Hero
  11.   No Violins
  12.   I Can't Get You Out of My Head
  13.   Heartland
  14.   In Charge of My Heart
  15.   Manipulator
  16.   Life Changes
  17.   Hand of Fools featuring Cross
  18.   Put It All Down To Love
  19.   Ain't Put Nothin' Down featuring Cross
  20.   Baby It's Alright featuring Cross
  21.   New Dark Ages featuring Cross
  22.   Bad Attitude featuring Cross
  23.   Old Men (Lay Down) featuring Cross
  24.   Passion For Trash
  25.   Sister Blue featuring Cross
  26.   Power to Love
  27.   Penetration Guru featuring Cross
  28.   Breakdown
  29.   Closer To You featuring Cross
  30.   Liar featuring Cross
  31.   Top of the World Ma
  32.   Rough Justice featuring Cross
  33.   Love Lies Bleeding (She Was a Wicked Wily Waitress)
  34.   Love On a Tightrope (Like an Animal) featuring Cross
  35.   Heaven For Everyone featuring Cross
  36.   Contact featuring Cross
  37.   Cowboys & Indians featuring Cross
  38.   Shove It
  39.   Final Destination
  40.   Two Sharp Pencils
  41.   Turn On the Tv
  42.   I Wanna Testify
  43.   Revelation
  44.   Woman You're So Beautiful
  45.   Keep a Knockin'
  46.   Smile
  47.   Say It's Not True
  48.   Small
  49.   I Am the Drummer (In a Rock N' Roll Band)
  50.   Be My Gal (My Brightest Spark)
  51.   Sunny Day
  52.   I Don't Care
  53.   Quality Street
  54.   Be With You
  55.   Fight Club
  56.   One Night Stand
  57.   My Country
  58.   My Country, Pts. 1 & 2
  59.   People On Streets
  60.   Surrender
  61.   Believe In Yourself
  62.   A Nation of Haircuts
  63.   Pressure On
  64.   London Town – C'mon Down
  65.   Where Are You Now?
  66.   Tonight
  67.   No More Fun
  68.   Is It Me?
  69.   The Key
  70.   You Had to Be There
  71.   Freedom Train
  72.   Foreign Sand
  73.   Touch the Sky
  74.   Laugh or Cry
  75.   Future Management (You Don't Need Nobody Else)
  76.   Let's Get Crazy
  77.   Good Times Are Now
  78.   Magic Is Loose
  79.   Interlude in Constantinople
  80.   Airheads
  81.   Fun in Space
  82.   Strange Frontier
  83.   Man on Fire
  84.   Racing in the Street
  85.   Masters of War
  86.   Killing Time
  87.   Young Love
  88.   It's an Illusion
  89.   I Cry for You (Love, Hope, and Confusion)
  90.   Everybody Hurts Sometimes
  91.   Loneliness
  92.   Nazis 1994
  93.   Happiness
  94.   Millionaire featuring Cross
  95.   The Whisperers
  96.   Foxy Lady featuring Cross
  97.   Celebration
  98.   Stand Up For Love featuring Cross
  99.   The Also Rans featuring Cross
  100.   I Can Take You Higher featuring Cross
  101.   Feel the Force featuring Cross

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