Mr. Bad Guy

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Mr. Bad Guy
Studio album by Freddie Mercury
Released 29 April 1985
Recorded early 1983 - January 1985 at Musicland Studios, Munich[1]
Genre Pop rock, disco
Length 40:41
Label Columbia
Producer Mack, Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury chronology
Mr. Bad Guy
(1985)
Barcelona
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone (?)[3]

Mr. Bad Guy is the first solo album from Queen singer Freddie Mercury. Released in 1985, during a period in which Queen were on hiatus from recordings, it contains eleven songs, all written by him. It was dedicated "to my cat Jerry—also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe—screw everybody else". [4]

For the album, Mercury compiled influences ranging from disco to dance music It was a contrast to typical Queen work as they were rock-orientated. The album took nearly two years to record as Mercury had to gather enough material, while committing to band activities.[3] Initially, the album was supposed to feature duets with Mercury and Michael Jackson. They recorded "There Must Be More to Life Than This", but Mercury dropped out of any further collaboration after feeling uncomfortable working with Jackson's pet chimp in the studio. Recording was tasking on Mercury as he took part in everything from performing the tracks to sound engineering to obtain his desired effect. Mercury utilized synthesizers and orchestration in track developement, adding to the diversity in each piece.[5][6]

The song "Living on My Own" was re-released in 1993 in a remixed form by No More Brothers, while "I Was Born to Love You" and "Made in Heaven" were later re-worked by the surviving three Queen members and included in the 1995 curtain-call Made in Heaven. The album was originally planned to be called Made in Heaven.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Freddie Mercury.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Let's Turn It On"   3:42
2. "Made in Heaven"   4:05
3. "I Was Born to Love You"   3:38
4. "Foolin' Around"   3:29
5. "Your Kind of Lover"   3:32
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Mr. Bad Guy"   4:09
7. "Man Made Paradise"   4:08
8. "There Must Be More to Life Than This"   3:00
9. "Living on My Own"   3:23
10. "My Love Is Dangerous"   3:42
11. "Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow"   3:46

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Country Charts
Peak position Weeks
United Kingdom 6 23
Switzerland 14 6
Japan 20 21
Netherlands 20 11
Austria 23 4
United States 159 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mr. Bad Guy (album) queenpedia.com Retrieved 2014-10-07.
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Mr. Bad Guy - Freddie Mercury". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  3. ^ a b Holmes, Tim. "Mr Bad Guy - Rolling Stone (Issue 450)". Queen Archives. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  4. ^ Jen Longshaw. "Freddie Mercury's Cats". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  5. ^ "Queen: Days of Our Lives - Documentary". 
  6. ^ "Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury". inquistr.com. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Freddie Mercury interview (1985)". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  8. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Freddie-Mercury-Mr-Bad-Guy/release/1451821