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Body Language
BodyLanguageUK
Single by Queen from Hot Space
Released 19 April 1982
Length 4:29
Genre Dance/Funk
Label EMI/Elektra
Writer Freddie Mercury
Producer(s) Queen and Mack
Lyrics



Single Chronology
Last single Under Pressure (1981)
This single Body Language (1982)
Next single Las Palabras de Amor (1982)
Chronology
Last track Back Chat
This track Body Language
Next track Action This Day

"Body Language" is a 1982 disco/rock hit from the English rock band Queen. It was written by lead singer Freddie Mercury and was a fairly big hit in North America, where it received extensive radio-play. However, the single only received a luke-warm response in the United Kingdom. The track was the second single released from their 1982 album Hot Space.

HistoryEdit

The massive success of "Another One Bites The Dust" inspired Queen to temporarily abandon their glam and experimental rock roots in the early 1980s, and experiment with disco, funk and soul music. "Body Language" and, more importantly, its parent album Hot Space were the results of this change. It contained no guitar during the body of the song, only a short two-note riff during the fade out. The song's key feature was its minimal, sparse production, with the emphasis of "suggestive" lyrics, a "slinky" synth bass (Played on an Oberheim OB-X), and writer Freddie Mercury's moans and groans. This song was played few times during the European Leg, with the first performance being in Vienna on May 13. It often got a lukewarm reaction, although the live arrangement was much different from the studio. The song was played much more frequently on the U.S leg, where the song achieved more commercial success.

ReactionEdit

The drastic change caused the single to stall at #25 on the UK charts. However, it did far better in the U.S., where it peaked at #11, the Americans appearing to be a lot more supportive of Queen's forays into dance music. The B-side is "Life Is Real (Song for Lennon)", this single was released just a little over a year after Lennon's assassination. In the US the accompanying music video caused a considerable amount of controversy. Due to thinly veiled homoerotic undertones plus lots of skin and lots of sweat (but apparently not enough clothing, save that worn by the fully clothed members of Queen themselves), it was deemed unsuitable for a television audience in 1982. It was not accepted by MTV, eventually becoming the first ever music video to be banned from that television station.

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