Back in 1973 when most MFW readers and writers were in nappies, there was an ambitious band called Queen, previously known as Smile.
They recruited Freddie Mercury (aka Bulsara), changed their name and released a single called Keep Yourself Alive. It bombed.
A single from the second album Queen II – possibly the finest example of heavy, semi-progressive rock you’ll ever find – instigated their breakthrough.
Dressed in outfits by Zandra Rhodes, they performed Seven Seas of Rhye on Top of the Pops. It charted and got them the attention they wanted.
Now I like early Queen – anything after Sheer Heart Attack is anathema to me. We Are The Champions? shove it. Bicycle Race? don’t even go there.
The B-side of Seven Seas of Rhye was called See What A Fool I’ve Been, as in the original 7-inch vinyl format.
It was a 12-bar blues that allowed Freddie to be camper than a row of tents and Brian May to show off his guitar skills long before he developed a love for badgers. It’s such a comical track, please seek it out if you can.
See What A Fool I’ve Been seems about right to me just now – for publicly backing the new structure. We’ve just lost 4-0 to bloody Millwall.
And it ain’t funny.
I only had the radio for company and was totally distraught by the end.
Listening to Daniel Farke afterwards, uninspired I was indeed. Poor man, he had nothing constructive he could possibly have said.
Previously I, like so many others, have backed the new structure to the veritable hilt.
But after a result like that?
All my old doubts are starting to resurface.
I am sure there will be quite a few folks saying “don’t worry, calm down, typical Norwich, it’ll all end well and the Board and their staff should enjoy their strawberry shortcake and champagne for a job well done”.
Well, somewhat akin to a bowl of stale mussels , I may be soon on the turn.
Like that theoretical mollusc assemblage, this result – and more particularly the performance – was very hard to stomach.