There was a "promo version" released of the song, accompanied by an edited video. Bijou Queen. Queen Innuendo 5 September Friday 12 July Share Tweet. Add artwork View all artwork.
Keyboards were programmed by all band members in the studio, and conga percussion was recorded by David Richards.
The music video for this song was Mercury's last appearance in a video medium, and with his knowing farewell look straight at the camera, Mercury whispers "I still love you" at the end of the song.
The video was filmed in colour, but converted to black and white to minimise Mercury's frail appearance. At a later date, colour footage of the band making the video was released, revealing just how ill Mercury was at the time. Although Mercury had about 11 cats, Delilah was special.
May recorded his solo using a talk box. Taylor later admitted he is not fond of the song, stating "I hate 'Delilah'. That's just not me. The fly-away rocker "The Hitman" was started by Mercury. The original version was apparently on keyboards and in a different key. May took Mercury's riff not un-common , changed the key and recorded a demo of the heavy version. Deacon then re-arranged the structure and they all filled the gaps in lyrics and recorded it.
All of the backing vocals were done by May. The demo version is sung by May, with Mercury making spoken comments like "Bite the bullet baby! The finished product features Mercury's vocals peaking at an E 5.
Mercury put the chords, title and lyrics, and the two of them worked on the guitar parts. Mercury sang the first line and then May transferred the melody to his Red Special.
The song was finished without any input from Taylor or Deacon. The idea was not new and already used by Yes on their song " Soon ". May decided to use the sequence, and both he and Mercury decided the theme of the lyrics and wrote the first verse together. From then on May finished the lyrics, completed the vocal melody and wrote the bridge, inspired by Pachelbel's Canon.
Some keys and ideas were suggested by the producer too. The song chronicles the effort of Mercury continuing to perform despite approaching the end of his life. The video for the song featured a compilation of clips from all their videos since , in support of the Greatest Hits II album. Due to Mercury's critically fast fading health at the time of its production, a fresh appearance by the band in a video was not possible. The track is a personal favourite of fellow British artist Elton John , who performed the song at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert with the remaining members of Queen, and Tony Iommi playing rhythm guitar.
The song also achieved modest success in the US, charting at No. Still, the length and style of the track limited its appeal, and it only spent one week at No. The song reached No. It entered the UK charts at No. The 12" and CD also feature "Mad the Swine". This two-track promo single, completely remixed by Brian Malouf , uses slightly different lead vocal tracks by Mercury, louder and tighter harmony tracks, and reprogrammed synth drums, resulting in a much more punchy and "over the top" poppy version than included on the album.
It reached No. The single was the UK's Christmas No. After Mercury's death in November, the song re-entered the British charts and spent as many weeks in the top 75 as it had upon its original release. This single was released just six weeks before Mercury died. People wrote "If this is cartoon rock and roll, at least it's good and brazenly cartoonish.
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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Archived from the original on 13 January Retrieved 18 August London: Guinness World Records Limited. Archived from the original on 27 September Retrieved 30 March Channel 4. Innuendo review. Retrieved It was a long time coming but richly deserved. This is pomp rock, grandiose and huge. It was released as a single ahead of the album in the UK, topping the charts, and went Top 20 in the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart where it was released later.
The video, filmed with Freddie very ill indeed, features Brian May dressed as a penguin, Roger Taylor wears a tea kettle on his head, John Deacon is a jester, and Mercury wears a bunch of bananas on his head. Sunday 19 May Wednesday 22 May Thursday 23 May Monday 3 June Tuesday 4 June Wednesday 5 June Thursday 6 June Friday 7 June Saturday 8 June Sunday 9 June Monday 10 June Tuesday 11 June Wednesday 12 June Monday 17 June Tuesday 18 June Wednesday 19 June Thursday 20 June Saturday 22 June Sunday 23 June Monday 24 June Tuesday 25 June Wednesday 26 June Thursday 27 June Friday 28 June Saturday 29 June Sunday 30 June Monday 1 July Tuesday 2 July Wednesday 3 July Thursday 4 July Friday 5 July Saturday 6 July Sunday 7 July Monday 8 July Tuesday 9 July Wednesday 10 July Friday 12 July Sunday 14 July Monday 15 July Tuesday 16 July Wednesday 17 July Thursday 18 July