Biography > Queen Biography for 1980

Last updated: March 04, 2009
The year begins with the release of "Save Me", written by Brian and recorded at last year's session in Munich. Advance orders put it in the chart before it is even released. It eventually settles at the number 11 position in the UK chart.

In February Freddie went to England for a holiday. Whilst there he appears on the Kenny Everrett Television Show. Normally Freddie avoided such things with a vengeance, but as Kenny was a friend he agreed to appear. At this time Freddie also sees a Victorian mansion, for sale for five hundred thousand pounds in a the heart of Kensington. Freddie liked it so much that he bought it immediately. He paid for it in cash! Freddie then went about having it decorated to his liking...

The next single to be released is "Play The Game", which eventually reached number 14 on the UK charts. The b-side is a non album track called "A Human Body" with lead vocals by Roger. In the video Freddie appears wearing a moustache - which initially many fans didn't like that much. The bands offices were flooded by 'gifts' of razors.

In their spare time Queen work on the new album "The Game" and the soundtrack for "Flash Gordon" in Musicland studio's. This album broke with tradition, in that it featured the use of synthesisers for the first time.

John: We wanted to experiment with all that new studio equipment. We had always been keen to try out anything new of different whilst recording. The synthesisers then were so good, they were very advanced compared to the early Moogs, which did little more than make a series of weird noises. The ones we were using could duplicate all sorts of sounds and instruments - you could get an entire orchestra out of them a the touch of a button. Amazing.

"The Game" is finally released in June and becomes a huge success everywhere. At the time Queen are touring the US. During a break in the tour Roger spends some time on a solo album.

Roger:

There isn't enough room on Queen albums of a lot of the things I want to do, so I am expressing my own excess.

"Another One Bites The Dust" is released. It is picked up by black radio stations in America, who think that the song is recorded by a black act. The song reaches number 1 and becomes the biggest hit of the year in America. Queen are the only 'foreign' act to achieve this accept the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

The song was written by John Deacon

John:

I listened to a lot of soul music when I was in school and I've always been interested in that sort of music. I'd been wanting to do a track like "Another One Bites The Dust" for a while, but originally all I had was the line and the bass riff. Gradually I filled it in and the band added idea. I could hear it as a song for dancing but had no idea it would become as big a hit as it did.

That year they receive a Dick Clark award as best band; a Billboard awards for 'Top Crossover single' and numerous nominations for Grammys, Junos, etc.

After the tour ended, the band are back in the studio's recording "Flash Gordon" that is eventually released in December.

Brian:

We saw 20 minutes of the finished film and thought it was very good and over the top... We wanted to do something that was a real soundtrack... It's a first in many ways, because a rock group hasn't done this type of thing before, or else it's been toned down and they've been asked to write pretty mushy background music, whereas we were given the licence to do what we liked, as long as it complemented the picture.

At the end of 1980, Queen have sold over 25,000,000 singles and 45,000,000 albums worldwide. <% response.write "

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