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May 22
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25 March 1977, Queen released ‘Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy’ as the B-side track to ‘Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)’ exclusively in Japan 🇯🇵

Freddie always had a wicked sense of humour, and insisted on injecting his songs with a tongue-in-cheek line or two. He once said in an interview, “Our songs are utterly disposable. I don’t want to change the world with our songs. People can discard them like a used tissue.”

Although Brian wasn’t convinced as he told Mojo in 2008, “That’s just Fred being clever. There was more to this than meets the eye … The fact that he said his song was disposable dispelled any pretension and stopped him having to talk about it. I knew Fred pretty damn well and I know a lot of what was going on and there’s a lot of depth in his songs. That false modesty shouldn’t mislead anyone. Even the light stuff and the humour had an undercurrent.”

Starting with ‘Funny How Love Is’ from 1974, Freddie would begin a series of lighthearted contributions to Queen’s albums, that culminated two years later with ‘Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy,’ his last comedic music hall-inspiring song for nearly fifteen years.

The song is an innocent slice of schoolboy romance, as Freddie serenades the object of his affection while offering a night of wining, dining, dancing and debauchery. He’s clearly reveling in his lover boy charm, and, due to his romantic nature, hopes that the glitz and champagne won’t wear off the morning after. This song also features engineer and producer, Mike Stone singing the line, “Hey boy where’d you get it from, Hey boy where did you go?”

“It’s one of my vaudeville numbers. It’s in my ‘ragtime’ mood. I always do a vaudeville track, though ‘Lover Boy’ is more straightforward than ‘Seaside Rendezvous, for instance. It’s quite simple, piano and vocals with a catchy beat. I get a chance to do one every album and this time, this is something I’ve come up with this time around. The album needs it to sort of ease off.”

Freddie Mercury Capital Interview 1976 with Kenny Everett

An official video was never made, though the band popped into the studios for an appearance on Top Of The Pops on the 14th of June 1977 (broadcasted the very next day), performing to a specially re-recorded backing track with a more aggressive sound. Roger Taylor sang Mike Stone’s line.

The song was performed live between 1977 and 1978 as part of the medley, but was out when Queen started to focus more on being a live band.


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