Monday, September 29, 2014

"Body Language" by Queen

Song#:  1014
Date:  05/01/1982
Debut:  78
Peak:  11
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This second single from Queen's "Hot Space" album continued the group's foray into more dance-oriented material along the lines of their #1 hit "Another One Bites the Dust." The shift in direction caused a riff within the band and it divided record buyers as well. In the UK, this single petered out at a lowly #25 while US audiences almost put the song in the Top 10. The song was a distinct shift away from their arena rock with nary a guitar to be heard (except in the outro). Overall reception of the album was tepid and it only reached gold status, which was a far cry from the multi-platinum sales of their previous studio LP, "The Game."

ReduxReview:  If you look around the web for lists of worst Queen songs, this shows up quite a bit. Every artist has their clunkers and this certainly is one for them. It's basically the point where the rockin' Queen of yesteryear ceased to exist. ("Flash's Theme" the previous year didn't do them any favors, but at least that was a side project.) This was basically a Freddie Mercury joint with the rest of Queen looking on in horror. It's pretty bad. It's not even something kitchy or now considered great and "ahead of its time." It was the Freddie Mercury turd smelled 'round the world.

ReduxRating:  2/10

Trivia:  The video for this song was a little too much for the fledgling MTV channel. The images of scantily clad men and women writhing around in a lot of steam and sweat were considered too erotic for the time and it became the first video to be banned by MTV.


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