2 December 1975 – Queen release “I’m In Love With My Car” as a B-side to the colossal masterpiece, “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the USA 🇺🇸 by Elektra

Roger Taylor’s paean to four-wheeled beauties became a cult favourite upon its release in 1975.

“I remember my car at the time. Because I think we’ve got the exhaust on the record, and that was a little Alfa Romeo. But I think it was more about people in general, for instance boy racers. In particular we had a sound guy/roadie at the time named Jonathan Harris, who was so in love with his car, and that inspired me. I think he had a Triumph TR4.”

When ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was selected as the first single from the band’s fourth album ‘A Night At The Opera,’ Roger fought ardently for his song to be released as the B-side, though this was initially met with resistance. Roger told the Detroit Free Press in 1982 that “I wish that would’ve been a single in its time. 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.”

Producer Roy Thomas Baker explained the bands arguments were based on: “that royalty thing. I remember Roger moping about because he really wanted his song, ‘I’m In Love With My Car’, on the B-side of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. He locked himself in the tape closet at SARM (recording studios) and said he wouldn’t come out until they agreed to put it on!”

Sixteen years after its initial release, the scars still had yet to heal, as Brian May explained to Q magazine, “We always rowed about money. A lot of terrible injustices take place over songwriting. The major one is B-sides. Like, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ sells a million and Roger gets the same writing royalties as Freddie because he did “I’m In Love With My Car.’ There was contention about that for years.”

Considering one of Roger’s songs wouldn’t be released as an A-side until 1982, and even then as a US-only single, having ‘I’m In Love With My Car’ as a B-side was a small concession — though his bandmates were less than amused when he purchased a Surrey mansion in 1978, while the others were still residing in modest city homes.