The March of the Black Queen

1974 - Sheer Heart Attack

About the 'Sheer Heart Attack' photoshot (September 1974), Mick Rock explains: "Was different from the 'Queen II' cover because the band were much clearer about what they wanted. They came to me with a specific brief: 'We want to look wasted and abandoned, like we've been marooned on a desert island'. It was their concept. They brought their own clothes. I got in sprays, glycerine and Vaseline, and we greased them up and then spritzed them. Down on the floor they went, and I just shot until I was done". According to Freddie Mercury: "God, the agony we went through to have these pictures taken, dear. Can you imagine trying to convince the others to cover themselves in Vaseline and then have a hose turned on them? Everyone was expecting some sort of cover - a 'Queen III' cover, really - but this is completely new. It's not that we're changing alltogether; we're still the same dandies we started out to be, we're just showing people we're not mereley a load of proofs, that we are capable of other things". Brian May says: "Yes, it was agony this session. But it was worth it. I think we wanted to explode our own myth. We didn't want to be pretty any more. [Mick Rock?s] pictures speak louder than our words".
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