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"Give me your body!"

"See what I got
I got a hell of a lot
Tell me what you feel
Is it real? Is it real?
You know I got what it takes
And I can take a lot"
"Staying Power"

Hot Space is the tenth album by the rock band Queen, released on 21 May 1982 by EMI in the United Kingdom and Elektra Records in the United States. After the massive success that was The Game (Queen), Queen was shifting even further into influences of disco and funk with the use of synthesized backing.


Side One

  1. "Staying Power" (4:11)
  2. "Dancer" (3:49)
  3. "Back Chat" (4:35)
  4. "Body Language" (4:32)
  5. "Action This Day" (3:32)

Side Two

  1. "Put Out the Fire" (4:33)
  2. "Life Is Real (Song for Lennon)" (3:32)
  3. "Calling All Girls" (3:51)
  4. "Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love)" (4:31)
  5. "Cool Cat" (3:29)
  6. "Under Pressure" with David Bowie (4:06)


Principal Members:

  • John Deacon – bass, guitars, drum machine, synthesizer
  • Brian May – guitars, vocals, synthesizer, drum machine, synth bass
  • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals, backing vocals, keyboards, drum machine, synth bass
  • Roger Taylor – drums, percussion, vocals, synthesizer, guitars

This is our tropes under pressure:

  • Album Title Drop: Yelled by Freddie right before the guitar solo in "Dancer" begins:
    Hot space, let's go!!
  • Dude Sounds Like a Lady: Freddie in a couple songs. Most notably "Under Pressure."
  • Gratuitous German: "Dancer" features a telephone recording of a German voice saying "Good morning, this is your wake-up call". The clip was recorded in the band's hotel room in Munich.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: "Las Palabras de Amor", which was written as a tribute to the band's fans in Latin America.
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  • In the Style of: Given its nature as an homage for the then recently-departed John Lennon, "Life Is Real" is in his minimalist style.
  • Lucky Charms Title: "Body Language ↑⬱". The arrows, which appear on the sleeves for both the song's single and the Hot Space album, as well as in the video for the song, were never explained by any member of Queen.
  • Lyrical Dissonance:
    • "Put Out the Fire", a cheery pop-rock tune... And the lyrics are told from the perspective of a man who used his gun against everyone he had a problem with, including his unfaithful lover and his neighbor she was having an affair with, and an allusion to the murder of John Lennon.
    • "Under Pressure" is an incredibly upbeat and cheery song with lyrics such as "It's the terror of knowing what this world is about / Watching some good friends scream 'let me out'".
  • Musical Squares: The cover has the band's faces in multi-coloured squares.
  • New Sound Album: The album went further into synthesized dance music than The Game (Queen). This turned out to be more polarizing, that by The Works they returned a bit into the classic sound while retaining the new direction.
  • Special Guest: David Bowie sang a duet with Freddie Mercury for "Under Pressure".
  • Spiritual Successor: The album was meant to be a spiritual successor to the massive success of the Funk-influenced "Another One Bites the Dust", although its success was limited.