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Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen

Album: JazzReleased: 1978Charted:
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  • Queen guitarist Brian May wrote this song, which is about a young man who comes to appreciate women of substantial girth. May told Mojo magazine October 2008: "I wrote it with Fred in mind, as you do especially if you've got a great singer who likes fat bottomed girls… or boys."
  • This was released as a double A-side single with "Bicycle Race." The songs ran together on the album, and were often played that way by radio stations. The year before, Queen released "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" as a double A-side. They are still usually played together by radio stations.

    Each song has a reference to the other in the lyrics: in "Bicycle Race," a lyric runs: "Fat bottomed girls, they'll be riding today, so look out for those beauties, oh yeah." In "Fat Bottomed Girls" the closing call shouts "get on your bikes and ride!," linking the two songs together.
  • The cover of the single featured a nude woman riding a bicycle, and was altered after many stored refused to stock it. The new version was the same image with panties drawn over the woman.
  • This song was covered by Antigone Rising for the 2005 Queen tribute album Killer Queen. (thanks, Rachel - South Point, OH)
  • The song was used as the opening theme for Morgan Spurlock's 2004 documentary Super Size Me.
  • This was used in episodes of the US TV shows Nip/Tuck and My Name is Earl, and also in the UK show Father Ted. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
  • A funny incident involving this song occurred on the Daily Politics show on UK TV in January 2014, when respectable political editor Nick Robinson's iPad suddenly started to play the song midway through a panel discussion between several politicians. Robinson hastily turned the device off before - in his words - "the really embarrassing lyrics start."
  • This is one of a very small number of Queen songs composed and performed in an alternative tuning to standard. Brian May used a Dropped D tuning for this song.
  • Surprisingly for such a popular song, it only features on one Queen live compilation from the original lineup: On Fire Live at the Bowl, from Milton Keynes 1982. On the Queen + tours, it has been a regular staple, with both Paul Rogers and Adam Lambert handling the lyrics with gusto. Versions featuring Paul Rogers on vocals appear on Return of the Champions (2005), Super Live in Japan (2006) and Live in Ukraine (2008).
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Comments: 68

Sorry to disagree with you on something trivial but 'Bicycle Race' doesn't follow 'Fat Bottomed Girls' on the Jazz album. They are separated by the song 'Jealousy.' At least on the cd....Michael - Kissimmee, Fl
Brian May wrote this for Freddie. It is straight-up biographical.
The song's true meaning is -

"Fat bottomed" = black
"Girls" = boys
Kat - Adelaide, Australia
Great Roger Taylor drum fills.Rufus - Wheeling, Wv
I love this song, played live it is fantastic
i recommend watching the live version from Live At The Bowl and you will be blown away
Rachel - London, United Kingdom
the riff is really similar to Neil Young´s "World on a String"Valentin - Beijing, China
1) Why do people have to talk about Freddie's sexuality in every discussion about Queen's music?
2) Queen are the greatest rock band ever.

Thank you for your time.
Geoff - Mumbai, India
When I was a teenager, I made a cover of this song with some overdubbed guitars and a drum set borrowed from a friend. A home-made recording with a cheap cassette recorder (many years ago). Of course a very very low quality recording but I really had a lot of fun doing it! And some of my friends were impressed! :) (I remember covering some Beatles and Blue Oyster Cult during those "home recording sessions", awful sound too, lol).Orlando - Caracas, Venezuela
Wow, all these comments and not one thought that this song is about drugs like every other rock and roll song? Ha ha haCamille - Toronto, Oh
I wasn't intending to be disrespectful at all. I think Queen are an amazing band, I have pretty much ALL of their music, and I think Freddy is the best rock singer of all time (Robert Plant being #2). He DID write the song 'Bicycle Race' about guys on bikes, he wrote it in France when one of the big bicycle races went through the area he was living in. And tied it into May's 'Fat Bottomed Girls' song lyrically, maybe later in the studio. Of probably the naked women were his idea, but probably everyone else (in the band) had input. They were brilliant marketers.

The song 'Fat Bottomed Girls' has a lovely four part harmony, doesn't it? I don't think there's any deep meaning in it, unless you want to say it means beauty is only skin deep or whatever.
Chris - Port Hawkesbury, Ns
Gotta love them fat bottom girls!!!!Thomas - Somerville, Al
Oh, by the way, I'm sick of hearing people complain about this being discriminating or whatever. Its a song. And I never saw Queen as people who would discriminate against women. I don't see how its sexist or whatever, anyways.None - None , Wy
This song always made me think of one of those disturbing, unfortunate incidents that occur more and more often, these days, when babysitters are left with small children for too long... you know, with the verse:

I was just a skinny lad
Never knew no good from bad
But I knew life before I left my nursery
Left alone with big fat Fanny
She was such a naughty nanny
Hip big woman you made a bad boy out of me

Yeah...
None - None , Wy
Made about a young man that found his manhood when banging his nauty nanny. She must have been a fat bottomed girl...woman.Bryan - West Milton, Oh
When I took a trip to Oklahoma with my teacher and friends, this was one of the songs on the "surprise CD" some girls from the school made us. It's safe to say, it's so disgusting and so awesome at the same time. I love it!Dekkun - Anonymous-ville, Hi
oh man luke thats a good one if I didnt live 30,000 some odd miles away I'd like to meet you......that just made my top ten list!Blake - Tahlequah, Ok
ahaha Luke from Manchester, you made me smile;)Nady - Adelaide, Australia
I don't understand why so many people here think this song is sexist. Humorous, satirical, sarcastic, perhaps. Sexist? Hardly.Moi-même - Paris, -
paul rogers replacing freddie mercury.that was a stupid ideaTim - Houston, Tx
Roy Thomas Baker said that the company lending the bikes for the video didn't want to take them back, but did... after changing all the bicycle seats... quoting...David - Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Just for the record: I am not homphobic or disrespectful to Freddie or anyone who's gay. I made a joke about it being Fat bottommed boys and you PC ballbags came down heavy on it - Lighten up and get a life. Freddie would have made the same joke himself. And for the record, Fred was gay, not bi, he said himself "I am as gay as a daffodil, my dear". Research, it is your friend.Luke - Manchester, England
Quite simply the best Queen song, in my opinion and so much fun to rock out to and pretend your'e Freddie who incidently, is the the greatest front man of all time (in my opinion) BTW Who cares about sexism and sexuality anyway? Go and listen to Celine Dion you precious things!Jackjackjackie - Melbourne, Australia
I am surprised to read about the sexist angle in this forum about a song that is pure rock, so what - its all about your interpretation and what it means to you. For me, when I listen to queen and immerse myself into the music, I don't feel like I am gay or bisexual or anything like that. I feel like I could picture anyone I wanted and I think that is why they are so popular over such a broad spectrum of people out there - their songs didn't generalise nor did they pidgeonhole. All of their songs (as far as I can tell) where unisex in their delivery. Except Fat Bottomed Girls, which celebrates how girls that are not consumed with their appearances are down to earth. And its great to sing along to.Michael - Perth, Australia
It's a shame how Freddie's sexuallity keeps on getting dragged into this. Brian May wrote the song. And I don't believe there's anything sexist about it.
When I listened to Queen, I never, ever thought- omg, Freddie Mercury is gay. It never mattered- he was a GENIUS (in my opinion).
My parents hated Queen, cause I'd blast their music when I was home. When I finally, FINALLY had two tickets to a concert, my mother was going to take me, but that evening, she pawned the duty off on my father. He was pi**ed off to say the least. Halfway there, I noticed my father had gone the wrong way on purpose to avoid having to go, but I noticed and we attended that concert. When we left, my Dad was all smiles and was in total awe for their live performance.
Tanya - Dayton, Oh
i love freddie's and paul rodger's versions of this song... cheers!Ched - - La Union, Philippines
Women should not be discriminated according to size... by looks ... or discriminated period!! If you're judging someone by looks, shame on you!! Women should be judged as equals, whether white or black, large or tiny, etc. People come in all various shapes, colors, and sizes and were all created to be attractive. Opinions of different people's looks will vary, but people shall be judged according to the inner selves, not the outward shells.Andrew - Birmingham, United States
One thing i remember about the poster from Jazz is that it featured a famous "Page 3" girl that i really liked. Does anyone know who she is? She is brunette and had a little tan in her colour. Oh and a beautiful bottom :) What was her name??
Cheers!
Elian - Washington, Dc
...Sick, sick, sick... Thankfully, Queen's released plenty of more tasteful songs. This isn't a pattern, so I can let it slide.Matthew - Milford, Ma
If anybody lives in the Philadelphia area, and listens to Magic 102.9 you will hear this song played alot...It's a great song...great lyrics and music...
Sue, Quinton, New Jersey
Sue - Salem, Nj
"Big fat Fanny" in British slang is not bottom -- it's an afectionate term for the vagina as a sexual(not simply anatomical) object. . .

It's analagous to "p*ssy" in North America usage.
Cyberpope - Richmond, Canada
I love this song for sentimental reasons. In fact, it was the first Queen song I heard on a radio in March 1979. I was only ten. Since then, Queen are among my favourite groups.Stefano - Rome, Italy
This song was used in Super Size Me. I also love how this song is described in songfacts: "about a young man who comes to appreciate women of substantial girth". Such a formal response to a silly song. Excellent.Johnny - Los Angeles, Ca
My understanding of forums are not a place to decide if a song is offensive (sexist) or not... but merely a place to discuss its attributes and effects. Having said that, it has been re-done by Kevin Fowler. His [country] version somehow seems funnier than "offensive" (to me).Dl Mcguire - Ponder, Tx
Most young children and teens are raise by matronly women who are conmmonly seen as the nasty rule makers, setting limits and boundaries. It is are these women who create the plight of the rebelious spirit of the "rock & rollers" as one comes of age. Though despised, if it was not for these voluptuous women, many would not have not only lose something to rebel against but something to spite. An ambivelient ode to the typical voluptous authority wielding women and its positive and negative affects on him through his young adulthood.Leo - Mountain Top, Pa
I love "fat bottomed girls". It is not sexist, sexist is believing one sex is inferior to your own sex, or lesser in some unnatural way.

This song is a trbute to women with natural curves, most likely "black" women as black women generally have more curvey (and in my opinion attractive) bodies. Hence his downing of "blue eyed beauties".
Great song, as most Queen tracks are, and most def. a great tribute to the most beautiful women in the world- thick, NOT FAT, curvey women. They are not FAT, they are thick. Not the typical westernized/american/european/"white" man standards set for beauty and presented in a clearly facist way.

I am "white", but prefer darker skin, and have a hard time settling for any flesh wrapped too tight around bones. I need a big booty chick!
Kurdt - Chicago, Il
This song is just great! 'Get on your bikes and ride!..' :)2morrow - Denver, Co
Hey, Mercury's BISEXUALITY isn't an issue here. Brian May wrote this. Arguing won't do you any good, and it's dumb. Also, Plant is a great vocalist, but he had a different style and voice type than Freddy, who has greater clarity and vocal range. Mercury would have sounded funny singing a lot of Led Zeppelin songs. They were also one of his favorite bands.Jonathon - Clermont, Fl
Sexism can be a good thing.Harlin - Atlanta, Ga
Sexist things objectify women - so the song is indeed sexist, because the women are characterized by their bottoms.

But the sexism isn't all bad - after all, an all-woman group (Antigone Rising) covered this song for the Queen Tribute album. They can dig it.
Winston - Potomac, Md
Lol, this isn't a sexist song. It's explaining that large girls are just as sexy (if not sexier)!!Voodoocat - Zimbabwe, United States
now my friends are addicted to this song because of ME. i'm doing good work. too bad they're not advanced enough for led zeppelin or pink floyd or even most of queen.Jeanette - Irvine, Ca
I love this song and there ain't nothing sexist about it! Now, if it had been a rant about how fat-bottomed girls are unattractive compared to super thin fashion models or other stereotypes of "beauty," that would be sexist.Bonnie - Washington, Dc
my favorite song is dont stop me now by queen
its my favorite song because freddie mercury sang it and im a huge fan of you guys
Keiko Estep - Phoenix, Az
Does It Really matter what Mr. Mercuries sexual choices were?? He is up there with Robert Plant As a Singer and Should Be RESPECTED!!!!Ben - Nyc, Ms
lol yeah bryan that may not have been the smartest thing to do.Jeanette - Irvine, Ca
I once used the line "Are you gonna take me home tonight? oh, down beside that red firelight! You gonna let it all hang out...You make the rockin' world go round"...My cheek hasn't recovered yet...OUCH! Anyways...excellent song.Bryan - Melbourne, Fl
"I'll go to bed with anything."
-Freddie Mercury
Freddie - Orlando, Fl
(laugh) Brian, of course, wrote the song; if it has "loud, fat" guitar parts in it, to use Brian's own words, he's likely to have written it. But even if Freddie had written this, I think the whole issue of "boys" versus "girls" is moot. It's not just that Freddie was gay or bi; Freddie just didn't care. If it was pretty, he'd go there.Jameson - Lexington, Ky
this song is so good. okay its sexist but it never fails to totally crack me up! great song.Jeanette - Irvine, Ca
Oh and this song ties into the song Bicycle Race...... That is the video with the naked ladies riding bikes. I thought I'd say that since everyone is talking about the scenes with the little nudists riding bikes...lol. Fat Bottomed Girls doesn't have the girls on bikes. Its just Freddie and the band on stage singing this song........ :-)Alicia - Tamaqua, Pa
Now to get this straight, Freddie did not write this song at all. It was Brian May who concocted this masterpiece. I think it as disrespectful to think of Freddie like that..."fat bottomed boys?" Seriously people! It was indeed Freddie's Idea to have the women naked on the bikes..lol... This song was refered to "GROUPIES" not necessarily actual "fat bottomed girls" I have the Queen Greatest Video Hits 1 and 2. The video for this song is featured on it and its FUNNY to watch! I love this song, it has such a wonderful beat to it!Alicia - Tamaqua, Pa
I love that pause in between the first chorus and the rest of the song. It makes you think that the song is over. But it's not! Haha... I do think it's kind of weird how Queen would write about chicks with junk in the trunk when the band is in fact . Great song none the less. You really don't hear it that often.Peter - Carmel, In
One of the songs ive learned to live my life byZola - Dublin, Oh
I don't know if the song is sexist or not, but I like it and think it's fun if you want to rock out or have a party. Actually, I think the song's pretty funny, come to think of it.Stefanie Magura - Rock Hill, Sc
What a fun Queen song. These guys are one of a kind, and this song goes to show you the creative abilities they possesed. This is one of those sing along songs.Dee - Indianapolis, In
Its surpising to hear that everyone thinks Fatbottomedgirls was Freddies! No-- This one belonged to our Mr. Brian May, who said he wrote the song as a silly idea-- mostly "to make a noise with the drums and guitar" he also mentioned the "dark strings" woven into the song, "as with most songs". He may have been referring to what very much sounds like being molested-- "i was just a skinny lad, never knew no good from bad, but I knew life before I left my nursery, left alone with big fat fatty, she was such a naughty nanny! You big woman-- You made a bad boy outtta me." He aslo said that the girls he was talking about in the song didnt neccicarily have to have big bottoms, but the idea was of the girls on the road when touring and so forth. Overall, its suppose to be a fun song to rock along to.Freddie - Orlando, Fl
Freddie was bi-sexual! And not all gay/ bi guys want to see random naked people on bikes . . .Liz - Someplace, Ct
Another immature comment, Freddie never wanted to have GUYS riding on bikes. If anything the nakded women were his idea.Kevin - Danbury, Ct
Freddie wrote Bicycle Race, from his point of view it would have been about GUYS on bikes, but the poster in the album was obviously going to be WOMEN on bikes. They knew that would cause enough controversy as it was, and controversy was what they were trying to 'manage', what with starting to be past their prime and all. It worked! A rather dull album that everyone bought just to get the poster. Bryan May wrote the more lyrically controversial 'Fat Bottomed Girls', I always thought it was kind of comical, and not to be taken seriously. On musical terms, both songs are acceptable, I guess, but the rest of the album is much below what Queen were capable of.Chris - Port Hawkesbury, Canada
In the actual album playlist, "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "Bicycle Race" are not next to each other. They are separated by "Jealousy".Kent Lyle - Palo Alto, Ca
And the song is anything but sexist. Its a very humorous song...and live Freddie would say its for all the beautiful women in the audience...and he finds all women beautiful.Kevin - Bridgeport, Ct
That was an immature comment. Freddie Mercury was bisexual. I heard that Brian wrote the song after meeting a few groupies he had fun with...don't know if its true though.Kevin - Bridgeport, Ct
"Left alone with big fat fanny, she was such a naughty nannie" this slightly disturbed me lol, but its still a good song. People say that Baby Got Back was the first tribute to bigger ladies but Queen really did a Big-Lady-Appreciation song b4 handShana - Pembroke, Canada
Yeah, Brian May wrote this... Freddie couldn't have - It would have been called Fat Bottomed Boys if he didLuke - Manchester, England
Freddie didn't write this song, did he? It must have been BrianWill - Portland, Or
They're just saying that Big girls need loving, too. "I've been singing with my band across the wire across the land, I've seen every blue eyed floozy on the way, but their beauty and their style went kind of smooth after a while, take me to them dirty ladies every time"Glenn - Mildenhall, England
I must agree with Ken, the "fat bottomed girls" were not written about literally, but as the crazed fans who hung on celebs. Had they only realized the name 'Queen' was not a tribute to Her Majesty.....
Bbrother
Ira - Milford, Ct
I have had it known that Brian wrote this song in "Tribute" of all of the groupies that would do "anything" to meet them.Ken - Yorkton, Canada
This is probably the most sexist song ever written but its still a classic rock song! I think the sexism is meant as a tool of humour and it works!Tom - Trowbridge, England