Another One Bites the Dust

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"Another One Bites the Dust"
Single by Queen
from the album The Game
B-side"Don't Try Suicide" (US)
"Dragon Attack" (UK)
Released22 August 1980
Format7" vinyl
Recorded1980
GenreFunk rock[1]
Length3:36
LabelEMI, Elektra (US)
Writer(s)John Deacon
ProducerQueen, Mack
Queen singles chronology
"Play the Game"
(1980)
"Another One Bites The Dust"
(1980)
"Need Your Loving Tonight"
(1980)
Music video
"Another One Bites The Dust" on YouTube
 
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"Another One Bites the Dust"
Single by Queen
from the album The Game
B-side"Don't Try Suicide" (US)
"Dragon Attack" (UK)
Released22 August 1980
Format7" vinyl
Recorded1980
GenreFunk rock[1]
Length3:36
LabelEMI, Elektra (US)
Writer(s)John Deacon
ProducerQueen, Mack
Queen singles chronology
"Play the Game"
(1980)
"Another One Bites The Dust"
(1980)
"Need Your Loving Tonight"
(1980)
Music video
"Another One Bites The Dust" on YouTube

"Another One Bites the Dust" is a song by the English rock band Queen. Written by bass guitarist John Deacon, the song featured on the group's eighth studio album The Game (1980). The song was a worldwide hit, charting number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, number two on the R&B charts and the Disco Top 100, and number seven in the UK Singles Chart.[2][3] The song is credited as Queen's best selling single, with sales of over 7 million copies.[4] This version was ranked at number 34 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.[5][6]

The song won an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single and also garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.[7][8]

Contents

History

John Deacon's bass line was inspired by the song "Good Times" by the disco group Chic.[9][10] In an interview with New Musical Express, Chic co-founder Bernard Edwards stated, "...that Queen record came about because that Queen bass player... spent some time hanging out with us at our studio".[11]

Recording sessions were produced by Reinhold Mack at Musicland Studios in Munich (West Germany) and consisted of Deacon playing almost all the instruments: bass, piano, rhythm and lead guitars and handclap percussion. Roger Taylor added a drum loop and Brian May contributed some noises with his guitar and an Eventide Harmonizer. There are no synthesisers used in the song: all effects are created with pianos, guitars, and drums, with subsequent tape playback performed in reverse at various speeds. Finally, some sound effects were run through the harmonizer for further processing. The effect of the harmonizer can be heard clearly in the "swirling" nature of the sound immediately before the first lyric. After attending a Queen concert in Los Angeles, Michael Jackson suggested to Freddie Mercury backstage that "Another One Bites the Dust" be released as a single.[12] The earlier live performances of the song had drummer Roger Taylor on lead vocals during the chorus, as opposed to the album version which was sung by Mercury in its entirety. In later performances, parts of the chorus were sometimes not sung by any member of the band, letting the audience sing it instead.

At the 1981 American Music Awards on 30 January, "Another One Bites the Dust" won the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single.[7] The song also garnered Queen a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.[8] The band lost to Bob Seger's album Against the Wind.[8] The music video for "Another One Bites the Dust" was filmed at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas.[13] This song is played when the Chicago Bulls win a home game.[14] Floyd Mayweather, Jr. used the song while entering the ring on a chariot against Arturo Gatti as a way to annoy the pro-Gatti crowd in attendance.[15]

Alleged backward masking

In the early 1980s, "Another One Bites the Dust" was one of many popular rock songs that Christian evangelists alleged contained subliminal messages through a technique called backward masking. It was claimed that the chorus, when played in reverse, will be heard as "decide to smoke marijuana"[16] or "It's fun to smoke marijuana".[17] A spokeswoman for Hollywood Records (Queen's current US label) has denied that the song contains a backward message.[18]

Queen comments on the record

I'd been wanting to do a track like 'Another One Bites The Dust' for a while, but originally all I had was the line and the bass riff. Gradually, I filled it in and the band added ideas. I could hear it as a song for dancing but had no idea it would become as big as it did. The song got picked up off our album and some of the black radio stations in the US started playing it, which we've never had before. Michael Jackson actually suggested we release it as a single. He was a fan of ours and used to come to our shows.

Use in medical training

"Another One Bites the Dust" was used in a study to train medical professionals to provide the correct number of chest compressions per minute while performing CPR. The song has close to 110 beats per minute, and 100–120 chest compressions per minute are recommended by the British Heart Foundation,[20] and endorsed by the Resuscitation Council (UK).[21]

Personnel

Charts and certifications

Chart positions

CountryPeak position
Argentina1
Canada1
Guatemala1
Spain1
Japan1
US1
New Zealand2
US R&B2
Ireland4
Australia5
Austria6
Belgium7
Germany6
Brazil28
UK7
South Africa3
Sweden12
Switzerland8
Italy10
Netherlands14
France24
Finland4

Certifications

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[22]Platinum+Gold3,156,000[23]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Captain Jack version

"Another One Bites the Dust"
Single by Queen Dance Traxx featuring Captain Jack
from the album Queen Dance Traxx 1
Released10 October 1996
FormatCD single, 12" single, cassette
GenreEurodance
Length3:48
Writer(s)John Deacon
ProducerUdo Niebergall
Richard Witte
Captain Jack singles chronology
"Little Boy"
(1996)
"Another One Bites the Dust (Small Soldiers)"
(1996)
"Together and Forever"
(1997)

In 1996, Queen Dance Traxx and German Eurodance group Captain Jack covered the song for the album Queen Dance Traxx 1 and released it as a single in October 1996. The song reached number 5 in Finland and peaked at number 12 in the Netherlands. It also reached number 33 in Austria, number 41 in Belgium and number 66 in Germany. The music video for this version was directed by Rudi Dolezal and was filmed in Berlin, Germany.

Tracklisting

  1. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Radio Mix) – 3:48
  2. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Club Mix) – 5:29
  3. "Another One Bites the Dust" (DJs Extended Mix) – 6:23

Chart performance

Chart (1996–1997)Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[24]33
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[24]41
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[24]5
Germany (Media Control Charts)[25]66
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[26]12

Wyclef Jean Remix

"Another One Bites The Dust (Wyclef Jean Remix)"
Single by Queen and Wyclef Jean featuring Pras and Free
from the album Greatest Hits III, Small Soldiers O.S.T and Ghetto Supastar
Released1 November 1998
FormatCD single, 12" single, cassette
Recorded1998
GenreHip hop
Length4:20
LabelDreamworks
Writer(s)John Deacon
ProducerQueen, Mack, Wyclef Jean, Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis
Queen singles chronology
"No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)"
(1997)
"Another One Bites the Dust (Wyclef Jean Remix)"
(1998)
"Under Pressure (Rah Mix)"
(1999)
Pras Michel chronology
"What'cha Wanna Do"
(1998)
"Another One Bites the Dust"
(1998)
"Miss California"
(2001)

In 1998, American rapper Wyclef Jean covered and remixed the song for the film Small Soldiers. His version also features rap verses from Pras Michel and Free, and music by Queen. The track also appears on Queen's compilation Greatest Hits III, released in 1999,[27] and on Pras' debut album, Ghetto Supastar, released in 1998.

Background

It enjoyed the most success in the United Kingdom, where it entered the chart at number 5, its highest chart position, going on to spend six weeks on the chart.[28] It also reached the top ten in Finland. It charted number 18, number 23, number 50 and number 62 in New Zealand, Austria, Sweden and France, respectively. The music video for this version was directed by Michel Gondry. The song became Pras' third United Kingdom Top 10 hit from his debut solo album Ghetto Supastar, following the title track and follow-up single Blue Angels. However, Pras was not available for the filming of the video, and rapper Canibus recorded a new verse to take his place. This version was used only for the promotional video.

Tracklisting

  1. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Radio Edit) (4:00)
  2. "Another One Bites the Dust" (LP Version) (4:20)
  3. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Instrumental) (4:17)
  4. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Acappella) (4:45)
  1. "Another One Bites the Dust" (New LP Version) (4:20)
  2. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Team 1 Black Rock Star Main Pass Mix) (4:46)
  3. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Team 1 Black Rock Star Radio Edit) (4:17)
  1. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Small Soldiers Remix) (4:20)
  2. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Instrumental) (4:17)
  3. "Rock And Roll (Part 2)" (performed by Gary Glitter) (3:51)
  1. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Radio Edit) (4:00)
  2. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Instrumental) (4:17)

Cover versions

In 1981, parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic wrote a parody of the song titled, "Another One Rides the Bus". This version was recorded live on the Dr. Demento Show and was released on his debut album.[33]

In 1997, the original track was sampled by Foxy Brown and Jay-Z on the Trackmasters remix of her single "I'll Be". Also in 1997, Argentinean band Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas released a cover in Spanish titled "Otro Muerde el Polvo" included in a tribute record made by various Latin American and Spanish artists.

The song was remixed again in 2006. The single reached the UK Top 40, credited to Queen vs The Miami Project. The single includes remixes by Cedric Gervais & Second Sun, Oliver Koletzki, A Skillz, Soul Avengerz and DJ Pedro & Olivier Berger.[34]

In 2010, the song was covered by the cast of Glee in the episode, "Funk".[35]

See also

References

  1. ^ Schaffner, Nicholas (1982). The British Invasion: From the First Wave to the New Wave. New York: McGraw-Hill. p. 254.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2006). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. Billboard Books
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. London: Guinness World Records Limited
  4. ^ McLeod, Ken (2011-08-31). We Are the Champions: The Politics of Sports and Popular Music. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.. http://books.google.com.pe/books?id=SVF5xQCC7OoC&pg=PA122&dq=Queen+%22Another+one+bites+the+dust%22+single+sold+million+copies&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9SZMT8LEGIaCgAe11JinAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Queen%20%22Another%20one%20bites%20the%20dust%22%20single%20sold%20million%20copies&f=false. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
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  8. ^ a b c 23rd Grammy Awards. Rock On The Net. Retrieved 3 July 2011
  9. ^ "Queen Biography". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/queen/biography. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
  10. ^ "Biography – Chic". Billboard. Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Good Times". www.superseventies.com. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. http://www.superseventies.com/sw_goodtimes.html. Retrieved 2010-04-11. Excerpt from Bronson, Fred (1988). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. Billboard.
  12. ^ Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock p.155. Voyageur Press, 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2011
  13. ^ 1980 The Game North American Tour.Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 3 July 2011
  14. ^ "Dallas Mavericks vs. Chicago Bulls: Live Blog, Analysis and Reaction". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 19 October 2012
  15. ^ "Mayweather's speed overwhelms Gatti". ESPN. Retrieved 28 December 2012
  16. ^ Luman, Betty. (UPI) "Subliminal smut hidden in rock-record lyrics" Telegraph Herald October 30, 1981: E11
  17. ^ Epley, N.; Keysar, B.; Van Boven, L.; Gilovich, T. (2004). "Perspective Taking as Egocentric Anchoring and Adjustment". Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 87 (3): 327–339. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.87.3.327. PMID 15382983. edit
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  19. ^ Bassist and Bass Techniques April 1996
  20. ^ British Heart Foundation – life-saving skills. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  21. ^ Resuscitation Council website. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
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  25. ^ German peak singles positions
  26. ^ Dutch Top 40 peak (1996)
  27. ^ Queen – Greatest Hits III Allmusic. Retrieved 12 August 2011
  28. ^ Queen/Wyclef Jean – Another One Bites The Dust ft Pras And Free Chart Stats. Retrieved 14 August 2011
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  35. ^ 'Another One Bites The Dust (Glee Cast Version) Billboard. Retrieved 3 July 2011

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Preceded by
"Upside Down" by Diana Ross
Billboard number one single
4 October 1980 – 18 October 1980
Succeeded by
"Woman in Love" by Barbra Streisand
Preceded by
"Sailing" by Christopher Cross
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
25 October 1980 – 15 November 1980
Succeeded by
"Woman in Love" by Barbra Streisand