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“Back chat back chat…You burn all my energy
Back chat back chat…Criticizing all you see”

9 August 1982 – Queen released Back Chat (remix) with B-Side ‘Staying Power’ in the UK

The soulful track “Back Chat” was written by John Deacon. He plays guitars, as well as synth, and it’s a complete departure from what has come to be called “the Queen sound” and was the subject of much heartfelt discussion with the ranks. It sets a great example of how John was strongly pulling the band into dance orientated genres such as R&B, Disco, and funk.

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He wanted something very slick and minimal with a club groove, but eventually, it was decided that Brian would contribute a hot lick guitar solo and the compromise was no bad thing.

“We would experiment with the rhythm and the bass and drum track and get that sounding right, and then very cautiously piece the rest around it which was an experimental way for us to do it. In [that song], there wasn’t going to be a guitar solo, because John, who wrote the song, has gone perhaps more violently black than the rest of us. We had lots of arguments about it, and what he was heading for in his tracks was a totally non-compromise situation, doing back stuff as R&B artists would do it with no concessions to our methods at all, and I was trying to edge him back toward the central path and get a bit of heaviness into it, and a bit of the anger of rock music. So one night I said I wanted to see what I could add to it – I felt that the song, as it stood, wasn’t aggressive enough: it’s [called] ‘Back Chat’, and it’s supposed to be about people arguing and it should have some kind of guts to it. He agreed, and I went in and tried a few things.”

Brian May 1982

“We have to do what keeps our interest up. We never tried to pander to what we feel people want. A lot of people want to hear rehashes of what they liked in the past, but that would be death for us. That’s really unfair, because we have changed a lot.” – Roger Taylor

This funky track is included on Queen’s tenth studio album ‘Hot Space,’ it peaked at #40 on the UK Singles Chart, #18 in South Africa and #19 entry in Ireland.


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