“Take a message of love for all to hear”

19 July 1982 – Queen released ‘Calling All Girls’ – (their first A-side release composed by Roger Taylor) with B-side, ‘Put Out The Fire’ in the USA, Canada and Poland, where it peaked #60, #33 and #6 respectively.

This song is the eighth track on Queen’s disco, funk album, ‘Hot Space’ and the fourth single released from the album. This track was never released in the UK.

Here’s an excerpt from Roger’s interview with Detroit Free Press – August 6, 1982:

Roger Taylor, author of Queen’s latest single, “Calling All Girls,” is the most consistent writer, but he’s hardly redundant. The single — a smooth, hypnotic pop song — still fits into the straight rock course he’s forged with harder numbers like “The Loser in the End” and “I’m in Love With My Car.”

“SOMETIMES I wish that would’ve been a single in its time,” Taylor said of the latter song. “Of course, I made just as much money on it. It was the backside of ” Bohemian Rhapsody, ” so I probably made more money that way.”

He might make even more with “Calling All Girls,” his first song released as a single. Taylor isn’t expecting a showing like the operatic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but he and the band hope their new song fares better than “Body Language,” the first single from the latest album, “Hot Space.” That song made only a minor dent in the charts and dropped off the Billboard Hot 100 after a short 14-week stay.

“I never really tried to write a single. We don’t sit down to write singles. You never know what’s going to be a hit. The new album (Hot Space). . . people thought it was all rhythm and blues. This should surprise them.”

“We have to do what keeps our interest up. We never tried to pander to what we feel people want. A lot of people want to hear rehashes of what they liked in the past, but that would be death for us. That’s really unfair , because we have changed a lot. We seem to have adapted to the style onstage; people would get completely annoyed if we played only new stuff. We still rock out onstage, really.” – Roger Taylor

Brian May was asked in a 1982 interview, How did you get the thick rhythm sound in ‘Calling All Girls’?

“That’s a combination of acoustic and electric guitar. I think Roger did the feed-back tracks near the end of the break. You never know where things come from. Roger played a lot of guitar. He’s always bursting to play guitar.”

Brian May – On The Record 1982

The video was inspired by the science fiction movie THX 1138, directed by a pre-Star Wars George Lucas, and also by the George Orwell novel 1984 – the name of one of Brian May’s pre-Queen bands.

Both Roger Taylor and Brian May openly expressed disdain for the video in their commentary for it, with Roger claiming the song’s message had nothing to do with robots (which make a prominent appearance).

Side-B is Brian May’s composition, ‘Put Out The Fire.’ This is the album’s most traditional Queen song.

Interviewer: Was the solo in ‘Put Out The Fire’ difficult for you?

“Actually, it was. I don’t really know why. That wasn’t a first take. I had done a lot of solos for that – hated every one of them. And then we came back from a club where we used to go to have some drinks. I think I was well on the way – you know, we were all plucked out and slightly inebriated – and we had ridiculous echo effect with Mack was putting back through the cans. I said, “That sounds unbelievable! I want to put it on every track”. He said, “Okay, try ‘Put Out The Fire’.” So we put it on the machine, and I just played though it. That was what we used. It was inspiring, like these huge stereo echo sounds coming from all over the place. I could hardly hear what I was doing, but it was sounding so good and I was so drunk. To be honest, I don’t think it’s that good a solo. It’s got a sort of plodding thing going behind it; I never felt totally happy with it.”

Brian May On The Record, 1982