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“Body Language” is a 1982 disco/rock hit from the English rock band Queen from their 1982 album Hot Space. 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.

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.


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  • sambattye

    I find this song hilarious. So bad it's fantastic.

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • generaltrelane

    this song is so awful that it transcends all descriptions of how bad it is. its perfect. youve got the cutest ass ive ever seen.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • deathsouth

    Give me your body, Freddie!

    15 Jan 2013 Reply
  • PrettyStar

    mixture of sex and antidepressants

    24 Sep 2012 Reply

    You got the cutest ass I've ever seen!

    15 Jul 2012 Reply
  • fuckyouty1

    cool Queen song.

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • fkyeah_

    Sooo this song will be always reminding me 'bout Foo Fighters' 'Hot Buns' video...

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • vini64


    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • irfanh23

    Whatever, I love Hot Space. And this song's cool. [2]

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Capitan_Impallo

    So fucking groovy!

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
  • TromboneDixie

    Top Song! F*cking great clip too. I hate it when people piss on Hot Space.

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • shades79

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • sarelfeniel

    Yeah, one of the clunkers from Queen. I seem to recall on the Queen video DVD the commentary by Brian and Roger is amusing. I don't think they were fans of the song either.

    28 Aug 2011 Reply
  • DavCnuk

    sexy body!

    22 Jul 2011 Reply
  • backtothelight

    Perhaps my least favorite Queen song. Far too much emphasis on synthesizers and things that are quite un-Queen-like.

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • BallPapers

    @beasdboyz217: Nope, you're just fucked up. Anyway this song is awwright. Especially the live version. I love the effect they put on Freddie's voice during the "look at me" part. Wish we had some CD quality live material from the Hot Space era besides the Milton show.

    6 Jan 2011 Reply
  • beasdboyz217

    This song is a really creepy sex song. It always reminds me of a rapist going to a club to pick up women. And the electronic sound that goes from low to high really fast reminds me of a guy getting an instant boner. I hope this didn't scare anyone.

    29 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Psycho_snacky

    @PartySanCTG: Probably because songs with sexual topic were very hot at that time (in early 1982) when songs like "Physical" and "Centerfold" dominated the top of the charts...

    24 Jul 2010 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    I really don't get why this was the first single, it's probably the weakest on the album. Maybe to warn away the closeminded fans?

    9 Jun 2010 Reply
  • huligaane

    Whatever, I love Hot Space. And this song's cool.

    1 May 2010 Reply
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