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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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Roger Taylor

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Roger Taylor

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Roger Taylor

  1.   Song
  2.   Old Friends
  3.   Heaven For Everyone featuring Cross
  4.   Passion For Trash
  5.   Foxy Lady featuring Cross
  6.   Keep a Knockin'
  7.   The Also Rans featuring Cross
  8.   Breakdown
  9.   I Don't Care
  10.   Hand of Fools featuring Cross
  11.   Is It Me?
  12.   I Wanna Testify
  13.   One Night Stand
  14.   Ain't Put Nothin' Down featuring Cross
  15.   Millionaire featuring Cross
  16.   Up
  17.   Life Changes
  18.   No Violins
  19.   I Can't Get You Out of My Head
  20.   I Can Take You Higher featuring Cross
  21.   Celebration
  22.   Heartland
  23.   In Charge of My Heart
  24.   Manipulator
  25.   Feel the Force featuring Cross
  26.   Put It All Down To Love
  27.   Dirty Mind featuring Cross
  28.   New Dark Ages featuring Cross
  29.   Bad Attitude featuring Cross
  30.   Better Things featuring Cross
  31.   Sister Blue featuring Cross
  32.   Power to Love
  33.   Penetration Guru featuring Cross
  34.   Closer To You featuring Cross
  35.   Liar featuring Cross
  36.   Top of the World Ma
  37.   Love Lies Bleeding (She Was a Wicked Wily Waitress)
  38.   Stand Up For Love featuring Cross
  39.   Contact featuring Cross
  40.   Cowboys & Indians featuring Cross
  41.   Shove It
  42.   Final Destination
  43.   Two Sharp Pencils
  44.   Turn On the Tv
  45.   Revelation
  46.   Woman You're So Beautiful
  47.   Smile
  48.   The Unblinking Eye
  49.   Say It's Not True
  50.   Small
  51.   I Am the Drummer (In a Rock N' Roll Band)
  52.   Be My Gal (My Brightest Spark)
  53.   Sunny Day
  54.   Quality Street
  55.   Be With You
  56.   Fight Club
  57.   My Country
  58.   My Country, Pts. 1 & 2
  59.   The Whisperers
  60.   People On Streets
  61.   Surrender
  62.   Believe In Yourself
  63.   A Nation of Haircuts
  64.   Pressure On
  65.   London Town – C'mon Down
  66.   Working Class Hero
  67.   Tonight
  68.   No More Fun
  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.   Beautiful Dreams
  84.   Man on Fire
  85.   Racing in the Street
  86.   Masters of War
  87.   Killing Time
  88.   Abandonfire
  89.   Young Love
  90.   It's an Illusion
  91.   I Cry for You (Love, Hope, and Confusion)
  92.   Everybody Hurts Sometimes
  93.   Loneliness
  94.   Dear Mr. Murdoch
  95.   Nazis 1994
  96.   Happiness
  97.   Old Men (Lay Down) featuring Cross
  98.   Rough Justice featuring Cross
  99.   Baby It's Alright featuring Cross
  100.   Where Are You Now?
  101.   Love On a Tightrope (Like an Animal) featuring Cross

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