It all started around 1993. I was 8 years old, and my dad came home with a brand new copy of the 1974 album “Queen II” on cassette. He didn’t like the album at all. He was expecting to hear Bohemian Rhapsody, and that album had almost nothing to do with Rhapsody or other beloved hits. He was scammed by the cover, which shows the band exactly as they were later on, in the Bohemian Rhapsody video.
So instead of throwing it into the garbage, he gave it to me.
By that time, my relationship with music was recording cartoon themes from TV, holding up an old radio, and listening to kids songs from a famous Chilean TV show.
Oh yes! It was that time when I was a little kid with no Internet, and all I did in my free time was watch TV cartoons and listen to kids music. At the time, I was living in a Chilean city called Rancagua, and there was no cable TV in my city yet. So on Saturdays, there were cartoons on TV only in the morning, and the rest of the day I had two choices: I go listen to the radio, or I watch boring tennis matches for the rest of the day on the only cannel that had good TV reception.
So on one of those boring Saturdays, I started to pay attention to the Queen II album. So, I gave a listen to this “awful” tape, and the first thing that came to my mind was that it was so weird. Well, maybe I crapped my pants and peed on the bed for the next 3 weeks, but how could I remember?
Anyway, I found the “B” side of the tape so scary and weird, that I just had to keep listening. Much like people who like to be scared by horror films. I found that the beginning of Ogre Battle came right from hell, and you could really hear Satan´s voice in the choir from The Fairy Feller’s Master Stroke.
Soon after that, my dad did his research, and came back home with the “Queen’s Greatest Hits” tape, which actually had Bohemian Rhapsody. And this time, it was a complete joy! No scary songs this time! I found this was such a good album; not a single bad song, everything was entirely catchy. At this point, I had no idea about the English language, so all I could hear was the music. The lyrics made no sense to me.
So since that very day, I stopped paying attention to kids music, and all I did was listen to those two tapes: Queen II to get that excitement of watching a horror movie, and Greatest Hits to get the excitement of catchy tunes. So with those two tapes, I had most of my childhood soundtrack.
I never heard another Queen album until 1997, when I bought, “on the street”, an illegal CD-R copy that had all albums on mp3. Thank God for that illegal and unethical thing I bought (which I don’t support), ‘cause after that, I became officially a Queen fan. It was not until much later that I had the chance to legally get some albums, and much later, I started to collect vinyls too.