Love Kills

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‘Love Kills’ (1984)

By 1983, Freddie was looking to expand his creative output beyond the cycle of recording and touring with one of the world’s biggest bands. Now living in Munich, he would interrupt initial plans to record a solo album with intercontinental trips that allowed for him to try something new. In Los Angeles, he’d worked in the studio with Michael Jackson on some collaborative songs, but Freddie felt that his Queen commitments prevented him from completing them. “They were great songs, but the problem was time,” Freddie said. “We never seemed to be in the same country long enough to actually finish anything completely.” Indeed, one of their songs, ‘State Of Shock’, ended up as a duet between Jackson and Mick Jagger, after Freddie found himself unable to complete it.

However, as Freddie celebrated his 38th birthday, tucking into a five-foot birthday cake in the shape of a vintage Rolls-Royce, his stock couldn’t have been higher. Queen’s latest album, The Works, was one of nine Queen albums then in the UK Top 200, and his first solo single proper was released the same day as Queen’s ‘Hammer To Fall’.

‘Love Kills’ was recorded with pioneering Italian musician and producer Giorgio Moroder, as part of the soundtrack to the newly restored and colorised version of Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking 1927 movie, Metropolis. Freddie’s distinctive vocals mount over a lush bed of synthesisers, producing an effect that is both timeless and futuristic – a perfect match for the film.

A Top 10 hit in the UK (it even outsold his own band’s ‘Hammer To Fall’), ‘Love Kills’ had actually originally been written for The Works. In 2014, Brian and Roger created a ballad version of the song for their Queen Forever compilation.

Paul McGuinness