Sheer Heart Attack (3:24)

Cover of News Of The World

From News Of The World and 27 other releases

“Sheer Heart Attack” was half-finished at the time of the eponymous album, and would be released three years later on News Of The World.

Written by Roger Taylor, who sang lead on the demo version presented to the band.
For the definitive version that would appear on the album, the band decided Freddie Mercury should sing lead vocals (probably based on the fact that May had already sung two songs and Taylor one). Taylor ultimately shares lead vocals with Mercury in the final cut.

During this time, the punk rock movement went into full effect, and this song was viewed as something of a jab at the musicians who felt bands like Queen were too self-indulgent. Of note is the lyric “I feel so inarticulate”, and the fact that Taylor stated in interviews that he thought many of the 1970s punk bands had very little talent.

German Heavy metal band Helloween covered the song. The cover can be heard as a B-side for their single “Just a Little Sign”.

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