Roger Taylor thought Michael Jackson’s idea for Queen was ‘nuts’ – ‘MJ loved Freddie’

Roger Taylor discusses chemistry with Queen bandmates in 2016

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Back in 1980, Queen bassist John Deacon wrote Another One Bites The Dust, which Michael Jackson was really taken by. In this week’s episode of Queen The Greatest, Roger Taylor remembered: “Michael came to several shows I think at the Forum in LA, and he loved Freddie.  And he kept saying, ‘You guys, you got to put that song out!’”

Roger admitted: “And I wasn’t particularly enamoured with it, so I said ‘No, you’re kidding, that’s never a single.’”

The Queen drummer even once said he thought at the time that Michael Jackson’s idea was “nuts”, in his commentary on Queen Absolute Narrative.

Nevertheless, the band took the leap and Another One Bites The Dust sold an incredible 7 million copies, becoming Queen’s best-selling single of all time.

John’s song gave the band their second US No 1 and remained in the Hot 100 for 31 weeks, even earning them a Grammy nomination.

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On writing Another One Bites The Dust, John said: “I’d always wanted to do something a little bit more, that was more disco, which was very uncool at the time.”

While Brian remembered just how hard Freddie worked at the track’s vocals.

The Queen guitarist said: “Freddie got deeply into it. Freddie sang it until he bled, ‘cause he was so committed to making it sound the way John wanted it, which was like hardcore.

The now 74-year-old also shared how Roger wasn’t keen on his drums part.

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Brian said: “John was pulling us strongly in that direction, a sort of funky direction. And John got Roger to play with tape all over his drums, which is exactly what Roger hated.  Roger hated his drums being made to sound dead.”

The drummer himself admitted: “I didn’t really want to get into dance music. Wasn’t my thing.”

Nevertheless, Another One Bites The Dust was such a hit after Michael Jackson’s suggestion it be a single that Brian reflected: “We kind of became the biggest group in the world, at that moment. 

“You know it’s a fleeting moment because someone else will come and take over, but for that moment, we kind of owned the world.”

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Another One Bites the Dust went on to feature on Queen’s Greatest Hits album a year later.

While the song was also included on the band’s Greatest Hits III album with a 1998 Top 10 remix featuring Wyclef Jean.

Then in 2006, a new generation of fans was introduced to John’s hit with another remix called Queen vs The Miami Project.

Next week’s episode of Queen the Greatest looks back at the band’s involvement in the Flash Gordon movie.

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