Flash Gordon — A Soundtrack Masterpiece

Six months after the release of The Game, Queen unleashed another album on the world — the original soundtrack to the fabulously over-the-top Mike Hodges film, Flash Gordon — and produced by the Hollywood legend Dino De Laurentiis. Flash Gordon is based on the King Features comic strip of the same name created by Alex Raymond.

Queen had a fabulous year in 1980.

In terms of accomplishments they scored two U.S number one singles with Another One Bites the Dust and Crazy Little Thing Called Love and a number one album in the U.S with The Game. Dust reached 7 in the UK and Crazy was a UK number 2.

The transformation of The Beatles in one decade was the blueprint by which other bands could follow to stay relevant.

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is almost universally cited as the greatest album ever made.

But is it? I like this album — I really do — but I can never agree to it being the greatest album ever made. You see, I don’t even think it’s the best Beatles album. That honor goes to Revolver for me.

Steven A. Knight

Hi all. I’m an English teacher who also works in media, and I’ve lived and worked in Shanghai, China, for the past 13 years.

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