Back Chat

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"Back Chat"
Single by Queen
from the album Hot Space
B-side Staying Power
Released 9 August 1982
Format Vinyl record (7", 12")
Recorded 1981 – 1982
Genre Funk rock
  • 4:31 (Album version)
  • 4:10 (Single remix)
  • 6:58 (12" extended version)
Label EMI, Elektra (USA)
Writer(s) John Deacon
Producer(s) Queen and Reinhold Mack
Queen singles chronology
"Staying Power"
"Back Chat"
"Radio Ga Ga"

"Back Chat", written by the bass guitarist John Deacon, is the track most influenced by funk on the 1982 Queen album Hot Space. Deacon had chosen a no-compromise method of eliminating any rock elements from his songs for Hot Space. This act of defiance caused friction amongst fellow band members, particularly Brian May, who fought to retain at least some rock sensibilities in their funk diversions.[1] After heated debate, the band finally decided to include a guitar solo on "Back Chat". It reached #40 on the UK Singles Chart. The track was performed on the Hot Space tour at a faster tempo, with a more rock-oriented arrangement. "Back Chat", the title, is an English idiom referring to a "impertinent or impudent replies, especially to a superior".[2] In a Rolling Stone magazine album review, the critic John Milward described the musical style of the song as: "a hot rock-funk tune, with guitar tracks as slick as an icy dance floor."[3]



  1. ^ Obrecht, Jas. "Brian May Interview". Guitar Player (January 1983), archived at [1]. Archived from the original on 2 January 2007. Retrieved 18 February 2011.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "backchat". Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  3. ^ John Milward, "Queen: Hot Space", Rolling Stone, 10 June 1982

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