Mr. Bad Guy

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Mr. Bad Guy
Studio album by Freddie Mercury
Released 29 April 1985
Recorded 1983-85 at Musicland Studios, Munich
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[1]
Rolling Stone (?)[2]

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". [3]

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.[4]

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

Track information[edit]

Let's Turn It On[edit]

"Let's Turn It On" was recorded in April 1984. Mercury sang a high B (the same note Roger Taylor reaches in the operatic section of "Bohemian Rhapsody") and played the bassline using a synthesiser. The bass riff was recycled later and slightly modified for the coda of Queen's 1989 song "The Miracle", also composed by Mercury.

Made in Heaven[edit]

"Made in Heaven" was the working title of the album, and a song for which Mercury had a particular fondness. He recorded his piano parts on 31 May 1984, and added vocals shortly afterwards. After Mercury's death, Taylor, John Deacon and Brian May took Mercury's piano and vocals and added their own instrumentation to form the title track of Queen's final studio album.

I Was Born to Love You[edit]

"I Was Born to Love You" was composed in New York City. Mercury recorded his piano and vocals on 25 May 1984. He was not entirely pleased with it[citation needed], but the record company pressured him to release it as a dance song. Years later, May, Taylor and Deacon reworked it, by adding their instruments, and remixing it as a Queen number on Made in Heaven.

Foolin' Around[edit]

"Foolin' Around" originated at the same sessions as "Made in Heaven", but was re-worked several times later until the final version was completed in January 1985.

Your Kind of Lover[edit]

This song was begun in March 1984 and features some very low vocals by Mercury.

Mr. Bad Guy[edit]

Recorded in May 1984, "Mr. Bad Guy" is the only track on the album featuring an orchestra, which is something Mercury had been meaning to do for a long time.

Man Made Paradise[edit]

"Man Made Paradise" was supposed to close Queen's album The Works, but was dropped when Mercury and May composed "Is This the World We Created?".

There Must Be More to Life Than This[edit]

Begun in 1981 as part of the Hot Space sessions, this track is an anti-war and anti-racism song and was also to be recorded with Michael Jackson. A demo version of Jackson singing and Mercury playing the piano exists. The 2012 documentary The Great Pretender features also a snippet of a duet version, where both Jackson and Mercury share the lead vocals.

Living on My Own[edit]

"Living on My Own" was recorded between April and May 1985, and was re-mixed and re-released in 1993 earning Mercury his only solo #1 single. To this day, he is the only Queen member who has released a solo #1 hit and won a solo Ivor Novello award. Fred Mandel, who has also worked with Supertramp, Elton John and Queen, plays piano on this track.

My Love Is Dangerous[edit]

"My Love Is Dangerous" comes from a session on 29 May 1984 (the same as "Living on My Own" and the first version of "Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow").

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. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Mr. Bad Guy - Freddie Mercury". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  2. ^ Holmes, Tim. "Mr Bad Guy - Rolling Stone (Issue 450)". Queen Archives. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  3. ^ Jen Longshaw. "Freddie Mercury's Cats". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Freddie Mercury interview (1985)". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-08-03.