White Brits all over the country, never having met or spoken to each other, have a strongly held belief that Queen is the most overrated band of all time. When they tell you that this is their opinion, they will act as if they are the only person in the universe who thinks this, and that they have been persecuted for this ostensibly outlandish belief.
They feel a similar way about U2; however, they will express their opinions about Bono in a much more vehement and expletive-ridden manner. What white Brits feel for Queen is quite different: less aggressive, it hovers halfway between indifference to the music, mild snobbishness towards the fans, and genuine consternation at the idea that Queen may be considered “innovative”. Note: bringing up Bohemian Rhapsody will not change their mind.
Mere virtuoso talent at singing or guitar-playing seldom impress a white Brit, who instead prefers their music to contain experimentation and elusive lyrics by artists with unconventional singing voices (e.g. Serge Gainsbourg, Bob Dylan, Jeffrey Lewis, Joanna Newsom, Tom Waits). The only known exception to this rule is Jimi Hendrix.
In terms of talented musicians whose death was prematurely caused by AIDS, Arthur Russell has garnered much more favour among the white British community. If Queen come up in conversation, make sure you bring up his name. Although they have nothing in common musically, this will show your impeccable taste and therefore impress your white British friends.