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Queen released ‘One Vision’/ ‘Blurred Vision’ in the UK.

4 November 1985 – Queen released ‘One Vision’/ ‘Blurred Vision’ in the UK.

The inspiration for “One Vision” began after the band’s show-stopping performance at Live Aid, millions sharing One Vision of a better world. They found themselves returning to the studio with renewed energy to come up with this much loved track.

The idea of writing a song together came from Freddie Mercury.

“Freddie was on the phone, and he wanted to go back into the studio and do some more recording. So, in the end, we went back into the studio, and we actually recorded another single. It was his idea, really, that we could go in and actually write a song together. In fact, I was late getting to the recording sessions because I was on holiday at the time, but it’s credited as a Queen composition, but to be honest, I would say it was mainly Roger, Brian, and Freddie that did most of the writing for it.”
-John Deacon 1985

In the 2011 BBC documentary, Queen: Days of Our Lives, Taylor stated his lyrics were “sort of half nicked off Martin Luther King’s famous speech”.

“The original words were actually about Martin Luther King, Jr., and now I haven’t got a clue what it’s about! Somebody said it was about Bob Geldof, but I don’t think it is.”

Interviewer: Do you know the meaning of the original set of lyrics?

Roger: “No, not anymore! Well, they changed my words!”

Interviewer: Who did?

Roger: “That rotter Freddie!”

  • Roger Taylor – 1986

It wasn’t the first time that Freddie would step in and take control of a song, nor would it be the last, but the band felt a collaborative energy that is became a four-way composition instead of a Taylor-only.

Freddie said, “I like to capture a song very quickly so that it’s fresh and you can work it afterwards. But I hate trying to write a song, and if it’s not coming – ‘Oh, come on, let’s try this’ – it either comes quickly, and then you have it, like the basic skeleton, and then I say, ‘Yes, we have a song,’ then we can start putting in all the clever bits. But if the song’s not happening, I normally say, ‘Oh, just forget it, let’s try something else!’

For the first time ever, the band allowed cameras to film them writing and recording the song at Musicland Studios in late September of 1985, which was then edited into a promotional video and a twenty minute documentary, later released on Magic Years.

“We made a very rare decision to have documentary cameras in there while we were recording, but the documentary cameras actually ruined the whole thing, because I think everyone was so conscious of them being there – everyone sort of played to the cameras. And when I watch any pieces of that now, I think it’s totally false.”
-Brian May

‘One Vision’ became a hit in many countries; it became a huge hit in the band’s native United Kingdom, climbing to #7 on the UK Singles Chart and in Ireland, it reached #5.

In the USA it peaked at 61

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