Another One Bites The Dust – Queen

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………..on July 19th of 1980 Queen enjoy their third UK #1 album with “The Game”, which featured this single “Another One Bites The Dust” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. Both of those releases topped the Billboard Hot 100 in America and the LP went on to sell over four million copies. Queen bass player John Deacon wrote “Another One Bites The Dust”. All four members of Queen wrote songs, and each wrote at least one hit. Deacon also wrote “You’re My Best Friend.” This is one of the hardest Queen songs to understand. The opening line reads, “Steve walks warily down the street, his brim pulled way down low. Ain’t no sound but the sound of his feet, machine gun ready to go…” Also, the last phrase spoken in the song is not “Shoot Her” or “Shooter,” but “Shoot Out”.Though probably not intentional unless someone did an excellent splicing job, the “Another one bites the dust” line quite clearly says “…Decide to smoke marijuana” when played backwards. This is especially clear toward the end of the track when Mercury repeats the line with only the drums playing. Deacon played most of the instruments on the track: lead and rhythm guitars, bass, reversed piano and additional percussion. Brian May did some guitar effects with harmoniser (in the interlude), and Roger Taylor played the drum loop. Surprisingly, there are no synthesizers. While the band and producer Reinhold Mack were mixing the track, Brian May’s roadie suggested it to be released as single; the band didn’t like the idea but were finally talked into doing it when Michael Jackson, after a concert, suggested the same idea. Freddie Mercury loved this track. Brian May recalled to Mojo: “Freddie sung until his throat bled on Another One Bites The Dust. He was so into it. He wanted to make that song something special.” This was the single that really broke the band in America, and it garnered a huge following amongst American Disco audiences, with many fans and journalists convinced it was a black man singing lead vocals (these people obviously hadn’t heard of Queen before so didn’t know what Freddie looked like). The song was also a Top 10 hit in the UK peaking at #7.