27 October 2017 – Queen release the official video for “All Dead, All Dead”, in occasion of the 40th anniversary of ‘News Of The World’, both in the original and in the hybrid version.
“Written about the death of Brian’s childhood pet cat, ‘All Dead, All Dead’ is a mournful paean to lost friends, with a childlike naïveté that illustrates the simpler view of death.
‘It was a song I had around for a while’, Brian explained on an episode of In The Studio With Redbeard. ‘It was kind of about the passing of friends… and I think the thing that started it off was my cat, losing my cat. My cat died when I was a kid, and I kind of never got over it. I think it was one of those things which surfaces now and again in different ways. I think I wrote the song for the album thinking that I was writing it about something completely different – but I think part of it was sort of getting it out of my system.’
Set to a grandiose piano backing track with lead vocals from Brian, and harmonies from Freddie on the choruses, the song is lovely in its restraint, with only the Red Special, approximating a church organ, offering any kind of embellishment.
‘That’s one of my favourites’, Brian said in a 1983 interview with Guitar Magazine. ‘That was one of the ones which I thought came off best, and I was really pleased with the sound. It always gives me a surprise when I listen to it, because it was meant to really bring tears to your eyes. It almost does it to me.’
Speaking of bringing tears to the eyes, a previously unreleased alternate take with Freddie on lead vocals (and singing the introductory lyrics that were printed on the inner sleeve but absent from the final recording) was released on the 2017 deluxe edition of ‘News Of The World’.
A beautiful animated video, featuring a tuxedo cat (modeled after Brian’s childhood pet cat, Pixie) 🐈 roaming around the inside of Frank, the robot on the album’s front sleeve, was unveiled shortly before the reissue’s release in October 2017, and features a previously unavailable mix that combines Freddie’s vocal version with the familiar album version.”
‘Queen – The Complete Works’ by Georg Purvis
The animated video 👉 https://youtu.be/fxQHi1QXboo