I Go Crazy

Album: The Works (1984)
  • This song is about a man who takes his girlfriend to see a "heavy band." He never sees the girl until the end of the show when she is holding hands with the lead singer. The band is assumed to be The Rolling Stones by the lyrics "Did you have to run off with that rolling stone?" and "So I ain't gonna go and see the Rolling Stones no more, no more," which is humorously followed by "I don't wanna go see Queen no more, no more." >>
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    Blaze - Hendersonville, TN
  • Queen's success as a band came from each member being honest and critical with each other over songwriting, which did cause many arguments but also meant songs got fine-tuned. Brian May wrote the song as early as 1981 (it is rumored to originally be an out-take from The Game) and it was met with a less than warm reception from his bandmates - they were according to him "ashamed to play it!", as he noted in a 1984 interview with Faces magazine.

    In the end, the song didn't make the album, but became the B-side to the "Radio Ga Ga" single. According to May this was a good decision "as it gives the fans a song they didn't receive on the album, more for their money. But you see, it was kept off the album by the majority."

    It later appeared as a bonus track on the 1991 CD reissue of The Works.

Comments: 3

  • Steve from Hockessin, , DeThe best song to come out of The Works sessions. It should have been played on tour.
  • Jfv from Philadelphia, PaThis song was the B-side to the single Radio Gaga. It was written by Brian May around the time of the band's writing and recording of its 1984 album, The Works. It later appeared as a bonus track on the 1991 release of the CD version of The Works. In addition to Freddie Mercury's usual lead vocals, Brian May provides the lead vocals on the bridge portion of the song. The song concludes with Roger Taylor and Mercury alternating vocals on the word "crazy". It has a noticeably less polished sound than most Queen recordings, creating more of a raw, stripped down feel to it. (March 2011)
  • Joe from , MoThis is a great rocker!
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