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Roger Taylor

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

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