Living On My Own

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‘Living On My Own’/‘My Love Is Dangerous’ (1985)

Released while Queen were on tour in Australia, Freddie’s first solo album was a clear departure from the classic Queen formula. He had grown to love the joyful, celebratory sounds of the gay clubs he frequented with a passion, and this was reflected on many of the tracks he wrote for Mr Bad Guy – not least ‘Living On My Own’.

Professionally, Freddie could ask for little more, singing to vast audiences across the world, while enjoying musical dalliances with the likes of David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Rod Stewart. But his personal life told a different story, and he addressed his loneliness on the third single from his album.

A pulsing, electronic dance track in the main, ‘Living On My Own’ sees Freddie fuse his more traditional instrumentation with the sounds of the clubs, creating a dance-influenced sound that remains very clearly the work the Queen’s frontman. Into this already heady mix he throws elements of jazz, with the record’s scat breaks working particularly well in conjunction with the single’s video.

Shot at Freddie’s 39th birthday party, the video was a monochromatic, hedonistic extravaganza, with the 300 or so guests all dressed in black-and-white fancy dress (Brian May appears as a witch). But it’s the juxtaposition of these celebratory scenes against the song’s honest sentiment which takes ‘Living On My Own’ up a level.

On much of Mr Bad Guy, Freddie was more candid than he was on Queen records, where his persona was projected as part of a band. Solo, however, Freddie confesses that all is not paradise: that behind the façade their lies the isolation that fame often brings. “I get so lonely… living on my own”.

Paul McGuinness