I'M GOING SLIGHTLY MAD:
- A variant of the intro ends the song: Lily Of The Valley, Ogre Battle, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Somebody To Love, Jealousy, Don't Stop Me Now, Don't Try Suicide.
- Two almost identical cycles after which there are no more verses: Killer Queen, In The Lap Of The Gods ... Revisited, Love Of My Life, Bohemian Rhapsody, You Take My Breath Away, Keep Passing The Open Windows, Kashoggi's Ship, My Baby Does Me.
- Solo over chorus and/or bridge progression or variant: Mad The Swine, Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, My Melancholy Blues, Play The Game, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Don't Try Suicide, It's A Hard Life, Keep Passing The Open Windows, The Miracle.
- Harmonic minor mode: Death On Two Legs, Bicycle Race, The Kiss, Princes Of The Universe, Living On My Own, Bijou.
- iihalfdim function: You Take My Breath Away
- iidim chord: Millionaire Waltz, Bo Rhap
- biiidim chord: Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Lap Of The Gods, Millionaire Waltz, Melancholy Blues, Barcelona
- bvidim: Bring Back That Leroy Brown, How Can I Go On
- i>I tonal centre change: Vagabond Outcast, Play The Game (disputable), Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow, Exercises In Free Love
- Using the III (V-vi) function of the new key as pivot for the modulation: Play The Game (disputable), Innuendo, and Brian's Brighton Rock.
- I>bVII modulation: Black Queen, Ogre Battle, Killer Queen, The Millionaire Waltz, Jealousy, It's A Hard Life, Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow, Barcelona, Hang On In There. Also by Brian and Roger in their solo career: Driven By You and A Nation Of Haircuts.
- I>ii tonal centre change: It's A Hard Life, Princes Of The Universe, Liar, and Brian's The Night Comes Down.
- I>II modulation, very common for Freddie (Green, Ogre Battle, Seven Seas, Black Queen, Killer Queen, Bo Rhap, It's A Hard Life, The Miracle), still it was used at least once by the others: Procession, Keep Yourself Alive, Misfire, A Nation Of Haircuts.
Coincidentially, Innuendo is one of the few later day tracks containing acoustic guitar in principal parts. It could have been influenced by the contemporary acoustic trend of 1989 and 1990:
- January 1989, Tesla releases the single Love Song, which hits the top ten in America
- Tesla's 'The Great Radio Controversy' album, containing Love Song, released in February 1st 1989, earning double platinum in the US
- XTC perform in May the first MTV Unplugged
- Guns N' Roses' Patience hits the top ten at both sides of the Atlantic in July 1989
- Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora do an acoustic version of Wanted Dead Or Alive at MTV Video Awards ´89
- Kiss' acoustic single Forever hits American charts in October
- 1990 features MTV Unplugged shows by Steve Ray Vaughan, Joe Satriani, Don Henley, Damn Yankees, Elton John, Aerosmith, Black Crowes and Tesla
- Extreme releases More Than Words and hits #1 in the US, Israel and Holland.
Now to songwriting trademarks:
- An early section is featured as variant in the interlude as in Bohemian Rhapsody, where "easy come easy go" from the intro re-appears in double tempo at the operatic bit.
- Three new sections in the middle, only appearing once, first and second bounded by a verse variant, as in Don't Try So Hard
- Verse presents itself as the core of the song, appearing halved several times as in All God's People and Delilah
- F/E and A/G# dissonances, similarly to The Miracle
- Use of Hijaz mode as in Mustapha
- I>III modulation: Freddie's Seven Seas, Bo Rhap, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy and Get Down Make Love as well as Brian's Back To The Light (1988)
- I>VI modulation: Roger's Modern Times Rock N' Roll, John's Need Your Loving Tonight, Brian's Hammer To Fall and Thank God It's Christmas, Freddie's How Can I Go On and Ogre Battle (disputable).
- Clever section expasion (chorus in this case) as in Don't Stop Me Now
John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.