Thursday, January 1, 2009

Let Me Entertain You - Queen

Artist: Queen
Song: Let Me Entertain You
Year: 1978
Album: Jazz

"Let Me Entertain You" is one of my favorite lesser known Queen songs. When I would DJ at the vampire LARP, I would frequently slip this in near the beginning of the set. We had a lot of Queen fans role playing at the club, so this was always a nice welcome wink and nod.

It had the dual role of announcing that I was open for requests. Most of the regulars knew that already, but it wasn't always clear to the newbies. Just like in my life, I would play anything that would pop into my head. It was always appropriate though.

The first time that I remember listening to this song was on the Live Killers album. I must have listened to that live album over and over again. So much so, that I wore out two cassette copies. I didn't start getting deeply into Queen until shortly before Freddie's death, so these tracks were mostly new to me. I knew the classics that were all over the radio and the greatest hits compilations, but this was my first exposure to the hidden gems.

I always associate this song with beginnings. Probably because this was near the beginning of many of my Saturday night sets. It is the perfect choice to open a party. It's upbeat. It's full of energy. It signals the start of something big. Happy new year!

Hey - it's a sellout

Hey - let me welcome you ladies and gentlemen
I would like to say hello
Are you ready for some entertainment?
Are you ready for a show?
Gonna rock you gonna roll you
Get you dancing in the aisles
Jazz you razzmatazz you
With a little bit of style
C'mon let me entertain you let me entertain you
Let me entertain you let me entertain you

I've come here to sell you my body
I can show you some good merchandise
I'll pull you and I'll pill you
I'll Cruella-de-Ville you
And to thrill you I'll use any device

We'll give you crazy performance
We'll give you grounds for divorce
We'll give you piece de resistance
And a tour de force of course

We found the right location
Got a lot of pretty lights
The sound and amplification listen
Hey if you need a fix if you want a high
Stickell's see to that
With Electra and E.M.I.
We'll show you where it's at
So c'mon
Let me entertain you let me entertain you
Let me entertain you let me entertain you

Just take a look at the menu
We give you rock a la carte
We'll breakfast at Tiffany's
We'll sing to you in Japanese
We're only here to entertain you

If you want to see some action
You get nothing but the best
The S and M attraction
We've got the pleasure chest
Chicago down to New Orleans
We get you on the line
If you dig the New York scene
We'll have a son of a bitch of a time
Let me entertain let me entertain
Let me entertain you tonight

Hey where's my backstage pass
That was great
What an outrageous costume
Hey that Brian May is outta sight man
Not many not many
I've always wanted to be a groupie

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