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‘In My Defence’/‘Love Kills (Wolf Euro Mix)’ (1992)
Posthumously released (six years after it was recorded), ‘In My Defence’ is the second Freddie Mercury single taken from Dave Clark’s lavish West End musical, Time. One of the biggest stars on the accompanying album, Freddie wasn’t part of the cast, though he did once tread the boards with the ensemble at the Dominion Theatre, performing at a gala performance for an AIDS charity in 1988 – Freddie’s final public appearance singing live.
Reportedly, it was his astonishing performance of ‘In My Defence’ that convinced Clark to give him the title track on the album. Freddie had originally wanted to use Brian, Roger and John on the recording, but Clark was keen on using the musicians he had booked. Reassuring Freddie that he would be happy, Clark even offered to pay for a re-recording with Queen if the results weren’t to the singer’s liking. As it turned out, the session guys did a great job and Freddie loved the song.
A classic power ballad, ‘In My Defence’ allows him to demonstrate his extraordinary range on a song that, in retrospect, seems far more personal than might be assumed, given its provenance. “I’m just a singer with a song,” he protests. “How can I try to right the wrong?” With resignation, Freddie explains that he’s just one person, caught up in a world tearing itself apart.
As Sir Laurence Olivier, one of the stars of Time, commented on hearing Freddie’s recording: “What a performance! This is a real actor.” Remixed and released as a single in 1992, ‘In My Defence’ scored yet another Top 10 solo hit for Freddie.