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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. This archival release was succeeded in 2015 by reissues of Fun in Space and Strange Frontier by Omnivore Records. ~ 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.   Man on Fire
  4.   Ain't Put Nothin' Down featuring Cross
  5.   Working Class Hero
  6.   Beautiful Dreams
  7.   I Wanna Testify
  8.   Love On a Tightrope (Like an Animal)
  9.   Contact featuring Cross
  10.   Bad Attitude featuring Cross
  11.   Believe In Yourself
  12.   Penetration Guru featuring Cross
  13.   No Violins
  14.   I Can't Get You Out of My Head
  15.   I Can Take You Higher featuring Cross
  16.   Celebration
  17.   Heartland
  18.   In Charge of My Heart featuring Cross
  19.   Manipulator
  20.   Feel the Force featuring Cross
  21.   Life Changes
  22.   Hand of Fools
  23.   Baby It's Alright featuring Cross
  24.   Dirty Mind
  25.   New Dark Ages featuring Cross
  26.   Passion For Trash
  27.   Foxy Lady featuring Cross
  28.   Sister Blue featuring Cross
  29.   Power to Love
  30.   Closer To You featuring Cross
  31.   Liar
  32.   Top of the World Ma
  33.   Rough Justice featuring Cross
  34.   Love Lies Bleeding (She Was a Wicked Wily Waitress)
  35.   Stand Up For Love featuring Cross
  36.   Heaven For Everyone featuring Cross
  37.   Cowboys & Indians featuring Cross
  38.   Shove It
  39.   Final Destination
  40.   Two Sharp Pencils (Get Bad)
  41.   Turn On the Tv
  42.   Revelation
  43.   Woman You're So Beautiful
  44.   Keep a Knockin'
  45.   Smile
  46.   Up
  47.   The Unblinking Eye
  48.   Say It's Not True
  49.   Small
  50.   I Am the Drummer (In a Rock N' Roll Band)
  51.   Be My Gal (My Brightest Spark)
  52.   Sunny Day
  53.   I Don't Care
  54.   Quality Street
  55.   Be With You
  56.   Fight Club
  57.   One Night Stand
  58.   My Country
  59.   My Country, Pts. 1 & 2
  60.   The Whisperers
  61.   People On Streets
  62.   Surrender
  63.   A Nation of Haircuts
  64.   Pressure On
  65.   London Town – C'mon Down
  66.   Where Are You Now?
  67.   Tonight
  68.   No More Fun
  69.   Is It Me?
  70.   The Key
  71.   You Had to Be There
  72.   Freedom Train
  73.   Foreign Sand
  74.   Touch the Sky
  75.   Laugh or Cry
  76.   Future Management (You Don't Need Nobody Else)
  77.   Let's Get Crazy
  78.   Good Times Are Now
  79.   Magic Is Loose
  80.   Interlude in Constantinople
  81.   Airheads
  82.   Fun in Space
  83.   Strange Frontier
  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.   Better Things featuring Cross
  97.   Millionaire featuring Cross
  98.   Breakdown
  99.   Old Men (Lay Down) featuring Cross
  100.   The Also Rans featuring Cross
  101.   Put It All Down To Love