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"This thing called love, I just can't handle it."

"This is your life, don't play hard to get.
It's a free world, all you have
To do is fall in love,
Play the game,
Everybody play the game of love."
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The Game is the eighth studio album by Queen, and was released on 30 June 1980. It was the first album in which the band used synthesizers, specifically in this case an Oberheim OB-X. The album was a resounding commercial success, being the only one to have reached the #1 position in the United States. It also produced two #1 singles: "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love".

Supported by five singles: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "Save Me", "Play the Game", "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Need Your Loving Tonight".

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Tracklist:

Side One
  1. "Play the Game" (3:30)
  2. "Dragon Attack" (4:18)
  3. "Another One Bites the Dust" (3:35)
  4. "Need Your Loving Tonight" (2:50)
  5. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (2:42)

Side Two

  1. "Rock It (Prime Jive)" (4:33)
  2. "Don't Try Suicide" (3:52)
  3. "Sail Away Sweet Sister" (3:33)
  4. "Coming Soon" (2:51)
  5. "Save Me" (3:48)

Principal Members:

  • John Deacon – bass, guitars
  • Brian May – guitars, lead vocals ("Sail Away Sweet Sister"), backing vocals, synthesizer, piano
  • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals, backing vocals, piano, synthesizer, guitar
  • Roger Taylor – drums, percussion, lead vocals ("Rock It (Prime Jive)"), backing vocals, electric guitar, synthesizer

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  • Break Up Song: "Need Your Loving Tonight" and "Save Me". Especially in the case of the latter, where Brian May was undergoing a breakup at the time.
  • In the Style of...:
    • "Another One Bites the Dust" was a disco song in the style of Chic; depending on who you ask, it was either an homage or something that Deacon basically just lifted from them and made minor edits to.
    • "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" is styled after rockabilly music, especially Elvis Presley.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Don't Try Suicide", which is about suicide, but sounds like a reject from West Side Story.
  • New Sound Album: Up to this point, Queen touted their albums with "No Synthesizers".
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: "Another One Bites the Dust" is about a man who goes on a killing spree shooting the people who had screwed him over.
  • Shout-Out: The bassline in "Another One Bites the Dust" was inspired by Chic's "Good Times"; Bernard Edwards credited this to the fact that John Deacon had previously spent time hanging out with them at their studio. The same song features a prolonged backwards piano chord, similar to Yes' "Roundabout".
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Roger sings lead vocals on "Rock It" (excluding the introduction, which is sung by Freddie). It is the only song on the album to not feature Freddie on lead vocals.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Originally, John Deacon wanted to write "Another One Bites the Dust" about cowboys, but he ended up rewriting the words to the point that they didn't really mean anything in the end.


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