Love Kills (Freddie Mercury song)

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"Love Kills"
Freddie Mercury Love Kills Single 1984.png
Single by Freddie Mercury
from the album Metropolis: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
B-side "Rotwang's Party (Robot Dance)"
Released 10 September 1984
11 September 1984 (US)
Format
Recorded 1984
Genre Hi-NRG[1]
Length 4:29
Label CBS
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Freddie Mercury singles chronology
"Love Kills"
(1984)
"I Was Born to Love You"
(1985)
"Love Kills"
(1984)
"I Was Born to Love You"
(1985)

"Love Kills" is a song by Freddie Mercury, and his first song recorded as a solo artist. It was originally used in Giorgio Moroder's 1984 restoration and edit of the 1927 silent film Metropolis, as part of the film's new soundtrack. In 1985, the film was nominated at the 5th Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Musical Score, and the song itself was nominated for Worst Original Song.[2] Nevertheless, the single reached number ten on the UK Singles Chart.

"Love Kills" was also used for the closing credits of the 1993 film Loaded Weapon 1. In 2009, a cover version by English synthpop singer Little Boots was included on her extended plays Little Boots and Illuminations. In 2014, Brian May and Roger Taylor reworked a previously unreleased ballad version of the song for inclusion on their new compilation Queen Forever, an album which focuses on Queen's love songs and ballads.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love Kills" 4:29
2. "Rotwang's Party (Robot Dance)" Moroder 3:10
12" single
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love Kills" (extended remix)
  • Mercury
  • Moroder
5:21
2. "Rotwang's Party (Robot Dance)" (extended remix) Moroder 5:21

Personnel[edit]

Queen version[edit]

"Love Kills - The Ballad"
Song by Queen
from the album Queen Forever
Released 10 November 2014
Recorded 1984-2014
Genre Rock
Length 4:12
Label Hollywood (North America)
Virgin EMI (U.K.)
Songwriter(s) Freddie Mercury, Giorgio Moroder
Producer(s) Queen, William Orbit, Chris Thomas

A previously unreleased ballad version of the song was reworked by Brian May and Roger Taylor for the compilation Queen Forever. The Queen version is a stripped-down ballad version, while Mercury's version is a high energy track. "Love Kills" was originally written for Queen's eleventh studio album The Works, but was not used.

Personnel[edit]

Remixes[edit]

  • "Love Kills (Wolf remix)" was found in a promotional CD issued only in the United States in 1992.
  • "Love Kills (Pixel '82 remix)" and "Love Kills (More Oder Rework by The Glimmers)" can both be found in the UK double-CD release of the 2006 compilation album Lover of Life, Singer of Songs: The Very Best of Freddie Mercury Solo
  • Several remixes of the track are found in the 2006 Love Kills (remix) singles released in various European countries, with different track lists:
    • "Love Kills (Sunshine People Radio remix)"
    • "Love Kills (Star Rider remix)"
    • "Love Kills (Rank 1 Radio remix)"
    • "Love Kills (Sunshine People Club remix)"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984–2006) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 17
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 25
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 32
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 24
Poland (Airplay Chart)[8] 4
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[9] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 27
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 69

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bennun, David (10 November 2014). "Queen album review: Don’t stop them now... They're still having such a good time". Daily Mail. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Metropolis at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Freddie Mercury – Love Kills" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Freddie Mercury – Love Kills" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Freddie Mercury – Love Kills". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 41, 1984" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Freddie Mercury – Love Kills" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 2007-02-07. 
  9. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Freddie Mercury – Love Kills" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Freddie Mercury – Love Kills". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Freddie Mercury: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Freddie Mercury – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Freddie Mercury. Retrieved 1 September 2014.

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