30 May 1980 – ‘Play The Game’ bw ‘A Human Body’ single is released in the UK.
Freddie Mercury penned the beautiful ‘Play The Game’. It was the third UK single from ‘The Game’ album. The song was a strong change of direction for the band – as it was their first released track to feature a synthesiser.
‘Play The Game’ was a hit in the UK, reaching #14 on the charts, and in the US it peaked at #42
Billboard Magazine considered “Play the Game” to be a return to Queen’s traditional “epic, rather grand sound” after deviating from that sound with the rockabilly of their prior hit single “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
The band filmed the video the day before, and Freddie showed off his new look featuring his mustache. An image that became his trademark.
Queen’s eighth studio album, ‘The Game’ was released 30 June 1980, immediately topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
The B-side is the Roger Taylor penned track, ‘A Human Body.’ Roger provides lead vocals, drums, and guitar; Brian and Freddie assist Roger with backing vocals. It has been rumoured that the song fell out of favor with Roger. As a result, it did not appear on subsequent CD remaster catalogue campaigns for Hollywood Records’ 1991 releases or the 1994 Digital Master Series from EMI. Finally, the track entered the digital age with 2009’s The Singles Collection Volume 2 and 2011’s Deluxe Edition of The Game.