My iPod #441: Louis XIV – God Killed the Queen

“God Killed the Queen” is a song by the band Louis XIV on the album The Best Little Secrets Are Kept from 2005. A lot of people know the track due to its inclusion on the soundtrack for the sports game “SSX on Tour”; I saw it because, from what I remember, the new video for  the track was constantly being advertised on a music channel (which I think was Kerrang!). But it was only played at night, which was the one and only time I saw the full thing.

For its sub-two minute duration it is a very busy track to listen to. Based around 4 chords more or less, the track contains vocals and guitars which pan from one channel to the other within split seconds. Some vocal sections are buried underneath the mix, some of them fade into it a few measures late, and some overlap each other completely. Whoever mixed the song did a very weird job of it. Though I don’t mind it even if it may be a bit perplexing for some. And at least the steady rhythm section and various hand-claps and additional percussion provide a firm backbone for all of the production meddling to work around. It is a very catchy song to listen to. I’m still into it though all these years later.

Not much of a Louis XIV person; I only like this song. It’s about a one night stand by the way, in spite of the ‘shocking’ title.


Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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