Scandal (song)

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"Scandal"
Single by Queen
from the album The Miracle
B-side "My Life Has Been Saved"
Released 9 October 1989
Format Vinyl record (7", 12")
Cassette tape
CD
Recorded 1988
Genre Rock
Length
  • 4:43 (Album version)
  • 6:23 (12" extended version)
Label Parlophone, EMI, Capitol
Writer(s) Queen
(Brian May)
Producer(s) Queen and David Richards
Queen singles chronology
"The Invisible Man"
(1989)
"Scandal"
(1989)
"The Miracle"
(1989)

"Scandal" is a song by the British rock band Queen. It was released as the fourth single from their 1989 album The Miracle and peaked at #25 in the UK. The single was released in the United States but failed to chart.

Composition[edit]

"Scandal", written by Brian May, but credited to Queen, is about the unwanted attention May and lead singer Freddie Mercury received from the press in the late 1980s, involving May's divorce and marriage to actress Anita Dobson and Mercury's growing health problems (he had yet to make it public that he had tested positive for HIV).[1]

Recording[edit]

May recorded the keyboards and guitars in one take. Mercury's vocal was also done in one take.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video for the song featured the band performing on a stage designed to look like a newspaper - it was filmed at Pinewood Studios in September 1989, and is notable for Mercury's apparently "gaunt" appearance.

In the audio commentary included with the video in Queen: Greatest Video Hits 2, Roger Taylor stated: "Not one of my favourite songs. One of the most boring videos we ever made."

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Dutch Singles Chart[2] 12
Irish Singles Chart[3] 14
UK Singles Chart[4] 25

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