E-45226 Killer Queen
Produced by Roy Thomas Baker & Queen
Released on October 1974
UK CHART POSITION #2 . . . US CHART POSITION #12 (charted Feb. 8, 1975 for 19 weeks)
Find it at GEMM
E-45226 wo. picture sleeve
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I ’m working on a new story this morning, which I suppose fed the desire to hear “Killer Queen” again (though most of us can produce it from memory in a pinch). The opening paragraphs follow (with all apologies to Web Hubbel -- I just like the name)...

Web Hubbel, of the Hubbel Modeling Agency, wondered what the hubbub was all about. Craning his equine head out of the limousine window, he saw the source of the commotion: a young girl being mugged. He was about to pull his head back in when he caught sight of the girl flailing and kicking like an animable tempest. It was a beautiful sight, that conglomeration of gangly knees and elbows hurled helplessly at her attacker, and Hubbel knew he had to have her.

She was a Swiss army knife of seduction, this one, which made the loss of an otherwise well-kept walking cane less painful, for Hubbel anyway. For the man lying on the ground, the loss was equated with much pain. It took little convincing to get the girl into the limousine, less to get her undressed. There, in the wide berth of the back seats, he drank in the image of the pipe cleaner arms and legs protruding from matronly undergarments. The sum effect was like looking a crab removed from its shell. “You’re beautiful,” he told her, and he meant it.

She was more than could have been expected, less than might have been desired, with a malleable temperament that boded well for Web’s designs. “I need you to kill another of my creations,” he finally told her. “Figuratively, of course.”


There’s a little more on the single at Songfacts, though I’d swallow that discussion thread with a grain of salt. The flip side is “Flick of the Wrist,” further sonic adventures in RTB’s hermetic studio.

TRACK LISTING

  1. KILLER QUEEN    (Freddie Mercury)    3:00
  2. FLICK OF THE WRIST    (Freddie Mercury)    3:18

    JPN 7-inch single (P-103E)
  3. KILLER QUEEN
  4. SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE

    ID #45080 Elektra 7-inch single
  5. KILLER QUEEN
  6. LIAR

    UK 3-inch CD single
  7. KILLER QUEEN
  8. FLICK OF THE WRIST
  9. BRIGHTON ROCK

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK October 1974 EMI 7" 2229  
US/CAN January 1975 Elektra 7" E-45226  
US 1974 Elektra 7PRO E-45226PR feat. A mono on flip
BEL 1974 EMI 7" 4C 006 96060 picture sleeve
BRA 1974 EMI 7" 4041  
FRA 1974 Pathe Marconi 7" 2C 004 96060 picture sleeve
GER 1974 EMI 7" 1C 006 96060 picture sleeve
ITA 1974/5 EMI 7" 3C 006 96060 picture sleeve
NET 1974 EMI 7" 5C 006 96060 picture sleeve
JPN 1975 Elektra 7" P-1357E picture sleeve
JPN 1976 Elektra 7" P-103E picture sleeve
US   Elektra Spun Gold 7" E-45080 B2B hits reissue
UK November 1988 EMI CDS QUECD2 3-inch CD single

 

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