I Was Born To Love You

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‘I Was Born to Love You’/‘Stop All The Fighting’ (1985)

Following a gruelling touring schedule in support of Queen’s 1982 Hot Space album (which embraced elements of funk, notably spawning the phenomenal hit single ‘Under Pressure’ with David Bowie), Freddie was excited to further explore his funkier side. This time, however, he would do so away from the rest of the band (amusingly, the liner notes for his debut solo album, 1985’s Mr Bad Guy, include special thanks to Brian, Roger and John for not interfering).

Starting in 1983, Freddie devoted much of his energy to this labour of love, fitting it around his Queen commitments – not least recording their next LP, The Works. Ever the perfectionist, he wasn’t prepared to start on the album until he knew he had collected enough material worthy of his name. “It has nothing to do with Queen,” Freddie said in 1985. “It’s just something I wanted to do on my own. I wanted to do it for a long while, it just took me all these years.”

The first single lifted from the album was a pumping, piano-driven, disco-pop gem, rich in synthesisers and euphoria, which reached No.11 on the UK singles chart in April 1985. From the opening multi-layered harmony cry of “An amazing feeling coming through,” ‘I Was Born To Love You’ rejoices in its loved-up elation. Each verse ramps up the energy, before the middle-eight gives way to a pumping crescendo of synth play that brings the main refrain back in a triumph. The accompanying video saw Freddie, resplendent all in white, singing to a room of mirrors. Mr Bad Guy was off to a flying start.

Paul McGuinness