Shove It

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Shove it
Shove it the cross.jpg
Studio album by The Cross
Released April 13, 1988
Recorded August–December 1987 at Mountain Studios (Montreux), Townhouse, Air, Manor, Maison Rouge (England) and Mediterraneo (Ibiza)
Genre Rock
Length 41:57
Label Virgin
Producer Roger Taylor, David Richards, John "Teddy Bear" Brough
The Cross chronology
Shove It
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know
(1990)Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know1990

Shove It is the first album released by The Cross, founded by Queen's drummer Roger Taylor. This album contains a mix of rock with dance influences.


Originally, Taylor had planned to release another solo album, but decided to form a band named The Cross and released it as a Cross album. However, the album was almost completed and this explains why the other band members had virtually no input on the record.

The album features Queen members Freddie Mercury (singing lead vocals on "Heaven for Everyone"),[1] Brian May (playing lead guitar on "Love Lies Bleeding")[2] and John Deacon (playing bass guitar on a few tracks)[citation needed], who collaborated with Taylor on the album.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[3]

The album was poorly received by fans and critics and hit the bottom of the charts, peaking at 58 at the UK Albums Chart. After two weeks it dropped off the chart. In the US, it failed to chart at all.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Roger Taylor.

UK version[edit]

Side 1
  1. "Shove It" – 3:28
  2. "Cowboys and Indians" – 5:53
  3. "Contact" – 4:54
  4. "Heaven for Everyone" (Freddie Mercury on lead vocals) – 4:54
Side 2
  1. "Stand Up for Love" – 4:22
  2. "Love on a Tightrope (Like an Animal)" - 4:49
  3. "Love Lies Bleeding (She Was a Wicked, Wily Waitress)" – 4:25
  4. "Rough Justice" – 3:22
CD bonus track
  1. "The 2nd Shelf Mix" – 5:50
  2. Hidden Track - 4:58 Track Ends Outro Of Rough Justice Starts at 0:45

Note: The 2nd Shelf Mix is an extended remix of the track "Shove It". On UK CD pressings it also includes the hidden outro of "Rough Justice".

US version[edit]

  1. "Love Lies Bleeding (She Was a Wicked, Wily Waitress)" – 4:25
  2. "Shove It" – 3:28
  3. "Cowboys and Indians" – 5:53
  4. "Contact" – 4:54
  5. "Heaven for Everyone" (Roger Taylor on lead vocals) – 4:54 Freddie Mercury on Backing Vocals (Uncredited)
  6. "Feel the Force"* – 3:44
  7. "Stand Up for Love" – 4:22
  8. "Love on a Tightrope (Like an Animal)"
  9. "Rough Justice" – 3:22


Additional personnel
  • Brian May - lead guitar on "Love Lies Bleeding (She Was a Wicked Lady)", harmonies on "Bohemian Rhapsody" sampling, and guitar on "Flash" sampling. (uncredited)
  • Freddie Mercury - lead vocals on "Heaven for Everyone" (U.K./European version, B-side of "Heaven for Everyone" single Europe), backing vocals on "Heaven for Everyone" (US version), also on "Feel The Force", and harmonies for "Bohemian Rhapsody"/"Fat Bottomed Girls" sampling. (uncredited)
  • John Deacon - bass guitar on some tracks (uncredited)
  • Gary Barnacle - Tenor, Alto & Baritone Saxophone on "Cowboys and Indians", "Contact" & "Stand Up For Love".


  1. ^ "Freddie Mercury". Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  2. ^ "Brian May". Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review