- In Memoriam: "Life is Real (Song for Lennon)" was written as a tribute to John Lennon.
- Serendipity Writes the Plot: "Under Pressure" came into existence only due to an impromptu jam session after David Bowie decided to drop in on the recording.
- Undermined by Reality: Brian May felt uncomfortable about the closeted Freddie Mercury writing a gay anthem like "Body Language" in 1982, not so much due to Freddie's sexuality as fearing it would alienate the band's straight fans.
- What Could Have Been: David Bowie was originally slated to provide backing vocals on "Cool Cat", but Bowie, unhappy with his vocal performance, asked the band to remove his vocals before the album was supposed to be released.
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