You Don't Fool Me

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"You Don't Fool Me"
Single by Queen
from the album Made in Heaven
B-side Now I'm Here (Top Of The Pops 1974) Liar (Top Of The Pops 1974) Keep Yourself Alive (Top Of The Pops 1973)
Released 18 November 1996
Format 7" single, CD single
CD maxi, 12" maxi
Recorded 1991 – 1995
Genre Rock
Length 5:25 (album version)
3:54 (single version)
Label Parlophone (Europe)
Hollywood (North America)
Writer(s) Queen
Producer(s) Queen
Queen singles chronology
"Let Me Live"
(1996)
"You Don't Fool Me"
(1996)
"No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young)"
(1997)

"You Don't Fool Me" is a song by Queen, from the 1995 album Made in Heaven. It was released as a single in 1996, containing various remixes of the song. The song is one of the few which were actually written and recorded after the Innuendo sessions, and was written and composed by the band, under David Richards' supervision. It was a worldwide hit and reached the peak of the single charts in Italy.

Background[edit]

"You Don't Fool Me" was one of the last tracks recorded for the album Made in Heaven and came about in a most unusual way. May has explained on his website that producer for the band, David Richards, more or less created the framework of the song single handedly, building from bits of lyrics recorded just before Mercury's death. May has said that before Richards' work, there was no song to speak of. However, after Richards edited and mixed the song (including a bit of harmonies recorded for "A Winter's Tale"), he presented it to the remaining members of the band. Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon then added their instruments and backing vocals and were surprised to end up with a finished song that had begun as nothing. The style of the song is reminiscent of their 1982 album Hot Space, and a comment over that featured on their Greatest Hits III album.

Music video[edit]

The video is set in a night club where a young man encounters his former girlfriend and recounts the memories of their brief relationship. The theme of the song could possibly be a continuation of the story set up by earlier Queen songs "Play the Game" and "It's a Hard Life".

Personnel[edit]

Track listings[edit]

Original version[edit]

CD single
  1. "You Don't Fool Me" (edit) — 3:54
  2. "You Don't Fool Me" (album version) — 5:25
CD maxi
  1. "You Don't Fool Me" (album version) — 5:25
  2. "You Don't Fool Me" (edit) — 3:54
  3. "You Don't Fool Me" (Sexy Club Mix) — 10:18
  4. "You Don't Fool Me" (Dancing Divaz Club Mix) — 7:07
12" maxi - Europe
  1. "You Don't Fool Me" (Sexy Club Mix)
  2. "You Don't Fool Me" (Dancing Divaz Club Mix)
  3. "You Don't Fool Me" (B.S. Project Remix)
  4. "You Don't Fool Me" (Dancing Divaz Instrumental club mix)
12" maxi - U.S.
  1. "You Don't Fool Me" (Freddy's Club Mix) — 7:02
  2. "You Don't Fool Me" (album version) — 5:24
  3. "You Don't Fool Me" (Freddy's Revenge Dub) — 5:53
  4. "You Don't Fool Me" (Queen for a Day mix) — 6:33

Some US 12" promos do not feature the album version.

Remixes[edit]

CD single
  1. "You Don't Fool Me" (B.S. Project remix - edit) — 3:15
  2. "You Don't Fool Me" (edit) — 4:40
CD maxi - UK release only
  1. "You Don't Fool Me" (album version) — 5:24
  2. "You Don't Fool Me" (Dancing Divaz Club Mix) — 7:05
  3. "You Don't Fool Me" (Sexy Club mix) — 10:53
  4. "You Don't Fool Me" (Late Mix) — 10:34
12" maxi - UK release only
  1. "You Don't Fool Me" (Dancing Divaz Club Mix) — 7:05
  2. "You Don't Fool Me" (Late Mix) — 10:34
  3. "You Don't Fool Me" (Sexy Club Mix) — 10:53
  4. "You Don't Fool Me" (album version) — 5:24
Cassette single (plays the same on both sides)
  1. "You Don't Fool Me" (album version) — 5:24
  2. "You Don't Fool Me" (Dancing Divaz Club Mix) — 7:05

The Sexy Club Mix is the nearly the same on all formats. The UK CD and 12" versions list the wrong time of 10:53, when it should only be 10:18 like the other formats list it. The UK CD version has a mastering error and the first 4 seconds are lost, bringing the running time down to 10:14.

1995 remixes[edit]

  • "B.S. Project Remix" (Remix by M. Marcolin and Bob Salton)
  • "B.S. Project Remix - Edit" (Remix by M. Marcolin and Bob Salton)
  • "Dancing Divaz [Instrumental] Club Mix" (Remix by Dancing Divaz)
  • "Dancing Divaz Rhythm Mix" (Remix by Dancing Divaz)
  • "Dub Dance Single Mix" (Remix by David Richards)
  • "Freddy's Club Mix" (Remix by Freddy Bastone)
  • "Freddy's Revenge Dub" (Remix by Freddy Bastone)
  • "Late Mix" (Remix by David Richards)
  • "Queen For A Day Mix" (Remix by Freddy Bastone)
  • "Queen Forever Megamix" (Remix by Freddy Bastone)
  • "Sexy Club Mix" (Remix by Jam & Spoon)

The "Queen Forever Megamix" features vocal samples from a few different Queen songs, but not "You Don't Fool Me". It was only released on the limited edition orange promo vinyl disc in the UK.[1]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The complete list of all "You Don't Fool Me" remixes and their sources can be found on this Queenpedia.com article
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "You Don't Fool Me", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 23 November 2008)
  3. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved 23 November 2008)
  4. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 23 November 2008)
  5. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 3 September 2008)
  6. ^ 1996 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 23 November 2008)
  7. ^ 1996 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 23 November 2008)

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