Marc Martel – I Want To Break Free (Queen cover)

by Jessica

“I Want to Break Free” is a song by the British rock band Queen, written by their bass guitarist John Deacon. It appears on the album The Works (1984), and was released in three versions: album, single and extended. It came to be included in most live concerts by the group, in several videos and in The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert where it was sung by Lisa Stansfield.

The song is largely known for its music video for which all the band members dressed in drag, a concept proposed by Roger Taylor, which parodied the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street. The second part of the video included a composition rehearsed and performed with the Royal Ballet and choreographed by Wayne Eagling. Whereas the parody was acclaimed in the United Kingdom where cross-dressing is a popular trope in British comedy, it was considered controversial in the United States.

After its release in 1984, the song was well received in Europe and South America and is regarded as an anthem of the fight against oppression. The single reached only number 45 on the US Billboard Hot 100, but reached number three in the UK and was certified silver with over 200,000 copies sold.[4] It also topped the charts of Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The song features on the band’s compilation album, Greatest Hits II.

Marc Martel
Coming from a band myself, I naturally have a higher appreciation for bands whose members are all involved in the creative process. It’s even more impressive when each member is able to crank out multiple radio hits on the merit of their own songwriting. Of course, Queen is one of the leaders of the pack when it comes to that, and even though Freddie and Brian wrote the bulk of their hits, Roger and John are no slouches. “Radio Ga Ga” and “Another One Bites The Dust” come to mind as tunes that haven’t exactly been eclipsed by anything else the band has recorded. This is my first cover of a John Deacon song, and I’ve heard from very reliable sources that the keyboard solo was recorded very early on in the recording process, as John was dead set on not having yet another guitar solo in the song. In honor of that little anecdote, I’ve decided to pull out a different vintage instrument of my own to set the solo apart from others I’ve sung or whistled. It’s an especially great time for us to all start singing this song together, don’t you think?

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