Living On My Own (No More Brothers Radio Mix)

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‘Living On My Own (No More Brothers Radio Mix)’/‘Living On My Own (Julian Raymond Album Mix)’ (1993)

Freddie Mercury died at his Kensington home on 24 November 1991, just over 24 hours after he released a press statement confirming that he was suffering from AIDS. He was 45 years old.

In the ensuing months and years, the remaining members of Queen and their manager, Jim Beach, would dedicate themselves to preserving Freddie’s memory. In April 1992, they held the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness. In addition to the remaining band members, the show featured Elton John, George Michael, David Bowie among a host of stars who paid moving tribute to the late singer in front of 72,000 fans at Wembley Stadium. Later that year, the anniversary of Freddie’s death was marked by the release of The Freddie Mercury Album, a collection of remixes and other solo material. The album peaked at No.4 in the UK and gave rise to the Top 10 single ‘In My Defence’; however, it was a remix of ‘Living On My Own’ that would give Freddie his first solo No.1 hit.

This updated version of one of the stand-out tracks from his 1985 solo debut, Mr Bad Guy, showcased Freddie’s pioneering music to a new audience. The music that had inspired much of Freddie’s first disco-influenced solo work had come out of the gay clubs; by 1993 it was no longer underground, so it made sense to give ‘Living On My Own’ greater exposure that it was afforded on its original release. In this incarnation, the song sounds even more anthemic, as though the loneliness that Freddie expressed was universal – that somehow one could rejoice in the knowledge that even Freddie was vulnerable to isolation and the trials of modern life. That it topped the charts was a fitting tribute to a true pioneer.

Paul McGuinness