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