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The third studio album from Queen. Notable for the band drifting away from the Heavy Mithril material of their first two albums and settling into the sound they became more known for.

Side One

  1. "Brighton Rock" (5:08)
  2. "Killer Queen" (3:01)
  3. "Tenement Funster" (2:48)
  4. "Flick of the Wrist" (3:19)
  5. "Lily of the Valley" (1:43)
  6. "Now I'm Here" (4:10)

Side Two

  1. "In the Lap of the Gods" (3:20)
  2. "Stone Cold Crazy" (2:12)
  3. "Dear Friends" (1:07)
  4. "Misfire" (1:50)
  5. "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" (2:13)
  6. "She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettos)" (4:08)
  7. "In the Lap of the Gods... Revisited" (3:42)



  • Audience Participation Song: "In the Lap of the Gods... Revisited" is Freddie's first written number for the audience to sing along to.
  • Artifact Title: The song "Sheer Heart Attack" was meant to be the title track for this album, but was dropped before its release. It would later find its way onto News of the World instead.
  • Bookends: Side Two begins and ends "In the Lap of the Gods". The two songs are completely different except for sharing the title lyric.
  • Continuity Nod: During the carnival music intro of "Brighton Rock", one can hear whistling of "I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside", which was on the ending of "Seven Seas of Rhye" from their previous album.
  • Credits Gag: The liner notes credit Roger Taylor's "screams", Freddie Mercury's "vocal extravaganzas", John Deacon performing "almost all guitars on 'Misfire'", and Brian May's "genuine George Formby ukelele-banjo".
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  • Epic Instrumental Opener / Limited Lyrics Song: "Brighton Rock", which showcases the power of a Brian May guitar solo.
  • Fading into the Next Song: "Tenement Funster", "Flick of the Wrist", and "Lily of the Valley" form a seamless, three-song medley.
  • High-Class Call Girl: "Killer Queen" is about one of these.
    Freddie Mercury: It's about a high-class call girl. I'm trying to say that classy people can be whores, too.
  • Metal Scream: Roger Taylor opens "In the Lap of the Gods" this way.
  • No Ending: To an extent, "Tenement Funster". The song builds up to something akin to a Grand Finale near the end, but when it actually happens, the song technically just segues into "Flick of the Wrist". Even on most versions of Queen's First EP (which also has the song), the song fades out during the transition without a proper ending. Of course, many people argue that the song's ending can be heard beneath said transition, but it's still jarring nonetheless.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: "Killer Queen" has "an invitation you can't decline".
  • Product Placement: An accidental one. "Killer Queen" opens with the line "she keeps Moët & Chandon in her pretty cabinet", which was a mere comment on how classy the fictional girl was. The winery benefited when the song became a big hit, and as a reward, they sent the band and producer vats of champagne as well as passes for Wimbledon and Grand Prix.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" is entirely Freddie, including the highest and lowest notes.
  • Shout-Out: "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" is a homage to Jim Croce, who had died the previous year.
  • Solo Duet: Freddie sings the parts of the two lovers in "Brighton Rock", shifting from falsetto to chest voice.
  • Thrash Metal: "Stone Cold Crazy" is often cited as one of the earliest examples of what would become thrash.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: "Killer Queen": "Dynamite with a laser beam". It doesn't even make any sense in context! But it is guaranteed to blow your mind.


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