These Are the Days of Our Lives

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"These Are the Days of Our Lives"
Single by Queen
from the album Innuendo
B-side "Bijou"
Released 5 September 1991 (First Issue)
9 December 1991 (Second Issue)
Format 7", CD, CT
Recorded March – November 1990 at
Metropolis Studios
(London, United Kingdom)
Mountain Studios
(Montreux, Switzerland)
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:13
Label Parlophone (Europe)
Hollywood (North America)
Writer(s) Queen
(Roger Taylor)
Producer(s) Queen and David Richards
Certification Platinum (UK)
Queen singles chronology
"I Can't Live with You"
(1991)
"These Are the Days of Our Lives"
(1991)
"The Show Must Go On"
(1991)

"The Show Must Go On"
(1991)

"Bohemian Rhapsody" / "These Are the Days of Our Lives"
(1991)

"Ride the Wild Wind"
(1992)
Second Issue
Music video
"These Are the Days of Our Lives" on YouTube

"These Are the Days of Our Lives" is a song by the English rock band Queen. Although credited to the whole band, it was largely written by drummer Roger Taylor, and is the eighth track on the band's 1991 album Innuendo.[1] Keyboards were programmed by the four band members in the studio, and conga percussion (a synthesised conga) was recorded by their producer David Richards (although it was mimed in the video by Roger Taylor).

It was released as a single in the United States on Freddie Mercury's 45th (And final) birthday, 5 September 1991, and as double A-side single in the UK three months later on 9 December, in the wake of Mercury's death, with the seminal Queen track "Bohemian Rhapsody". The single debuted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart, and remained at the top for five weeks.[2] The song was awarded a BRIT Award for "Best Single" in 1992.[3]

"These Are the Days of Our Lives" hearkens back to similarly themed 1975 Queen song "Love of My Life", twice using the line "I still love you". At the end of the song, Mercury simply speaks those words, as he would often do in live versions of "Love of My Life."[4]

Live performances and covers[edit]

The song was first played live on 20 April 1992 at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, sung by George Michael and Lisa Stansfield.[5] This live version was included on the 1993 album "Five Live (EP)", credited to 'George Michael with Queen & Lisa Stansfield'.

The song was played on the 2005/06 Queen + Paul Rodgers tours with vocals provided by Roger Taylor. On stage the song was accompanied by a video of the band in their early days in Japan, including many shots focusing on ex-band members Mercury and Deacon.

The song was used on 1 July 2007 at the Concert for Diana.[6] It was a concert held at the new Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales, who had died 10 years earlier. At the end of the performances, a video montage of Diana as a child was presented and this song was playing in the background.[6]

A cover version by Petula Clark is included on her 2008 compilation album Then & Now.

Music video[edit]

The accompanying video was the last to feature frontman Freddie Mercury as he was in the final stages of his battle with AIDS. The majority of the footage used in the video was filmed by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher of DoRo Productions on 30 May 1991.[7]

For the promotional video, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon were present at the shoot, with additional footage of guitarist Brian May filmed some weeks later and edited into the footage, as he was out of the country on a radio promotional tour at the time of the principal film shoot. The video was shot in black and white to hide the full extent of Mercury's faltering condition from AIDS (following rumours about his health that had been at the centre of much media and public speculation for over a year) following on from its use in the video for "I'm Going Slightly Mad" earlier in 1991.[7]

Colour footage of the band filming the video later emerged, showing just how frail Mercury really looked, and justifying the band's decision to film in black and white out of respect for him. In this music video, Mercury is wearing a waistcoat with pictures of cats that was made for him by a close friend, and which he loved. With his knowing farewell look straight at the camera, Mercury whispers "I still love you" as the song ends, which are his last ever words on camera.[4][7][8]

The version of the finished video serviced to the U.S. market also featured some animated footage produced by animators for the Walt Disney Studios, as Queen's North American record label, Hollywood Records, is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.[9] In Europe, a different, 'clean' version of the video without the animated sequences was released. Then another video version was released in 1992 to promote the Classic Queen compilation album in the US, combining old footage of the band from 1973 to 1991 plus the performances of the band from the US aired video.[10]

Track listings[edit]

First Issue
Cassette
No. Title Length
1. "These Are the Days of Our Lives"   4:10
2. "Bijou"   3:36
US Modern rock promotional single
No. Title Length
1. "These Are the Days of Our Lives"   4:18
2. "These Are the Days of Our Lives" (Edit) 3:54
US Contemporary hit promotional single
No. Title Length
1. "These Are the Days of Our Lives"   4:10
Second Issue
CD, CT, 7"
No. Title Length
1. "Bohemian Rhapsody"   6:00
2. "These Are the Days of Our Lives"   4:15

Charts, certifications and accolades[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Catalog no.
First Issue
United States August 1991 CD-R (Modern Rock / Alternative radio) Hollywood Records PRCD-10061-2
5 September 1991 7", CT 64868 4 (7")
HR-64868-4 (CT)
1991 CD-R (Contemporary hit radio) PRCD-8390-2
Second Issue
Europe 9 December 1991 7", CD, CT EMI, Parlophone 016 2046497, QUEEN 20 (7")
2046492, CDQUEEN 20 (CD)
300201 4 (CT)
United Kingdom 2046497, QUEEN 20 (7")
2046492, CDQUEEN 20 (CD)
2046494, TCQUEEN 20 (CT)
Australia 1992 CT TC-2046494
Japan 8 July 1992 CD TOCP-7259

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Innuendo - These Are The Days Of Our Lives UltimateQueen. Retrieved 25 June 2011
  2. ^ Bohemian Rhapsody/These Are The Days Of Our Lives Chartstats. Retrieved 24 June 2011
  3. ^ The Highs and Lows of the Brit Awards BBC. Retrieved 24 June 2011
  4. ^ a b "Queen's Greatest Videos". Episode 1/1. 1999. 50 minutes in. Channel 4. (Roger Taylor)
  5. ^ The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: These Are the Days of Our Lives Retrieved 24 June 2011
  6. ^ a b Old and new stars celebrate Diana BBC. Retrieved 16 July 2011
  7. ^ a b c Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock. p.224. Voyageur Press, 2009
  8. ^ Final Freddie Mercury performance discovered The Independent. Retrieved 24 June 2011
  9. ^ DVD Docum - These Are The Days Of Our Lives Queen Collection. Retrieved 16 July 2011
  10. ^ Queen Album: Classic Queen MTV. Retrieved 16 July 2011
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Queen – These Are the Days of Our Lives" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Queen: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Queen Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Queen.
  14. ^ "British single certifications – These Are the Days of Our Lives". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter These Are the Days of Our Lives in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go

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