Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Official Video)

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Lyrics:

{Intro}

This thing called love, I just can’t handle it
This thing called love, I must get round to it
I ain’t ready
Crazy little thing called love

This thing (this thing)
Called love (called love)
It cries (like a baby)
In a cradle all night
It swings (woo woo)
It jives (woo woo)
It shakes all over like a jelly fish
I kinda like it
Crazy little thing called love

There goes my baby
She knows how to rock ‘n’ roll
She drives me crazy
She gives me hot and cold fever
Then she leaves me in a cool cool sweat

{Break}

I gotta be cool, relax, get hip
And get on my tracks
Take a back seat, hitch-hike
And take a long ride on my motorbike
Until I’m ready
Crazy little thing called love

{Bridge}

I gotta be cool, relax, get hip
And get on my tracks
Take a back seat (ah hum), hitch-hike (ah hum)
And take a long ride on my motorbike
Until I’m ready (ready Freddie)
Crazy little thing called love

This thing called love, I just can’t handle it
This thing called love, I must get round to it
I ain’t ready
Ooh ooh ooh ooh

Crazy little thing called love
Crazy little thing called love, yeah, yeah
Crazy little thing called love, yeah, yeah
Crazy little thing called love, yeah, yeah
Crazy little thing called love, yeah, yeah…

 

Crazy Little Thing Called Love” is a song by the British rock band Queen. Written by Freddie Mercury in 1979, the track is featured on their 1980 album The Game, and also appears on the band’s compilation album, Greatest Hits in 1981. The song peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart in 1979, and became the group’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in 1980,[4] remaining there for four consecutive weeks.[5][6] It topped the Australian ARIA Charts for seven weeks.[7]

Having composed “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” on guitar, Mercury played rhythm guitar while performing the song live, which was the first time he played guitar in concert with Queen.[8] Queen played the song live between 1979 and 1986, and a live performance of the song is recorded in the albums Queen Rock Montreal, Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl , Live at Wembley ’86 and Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest ‘.[9][10] Since its release, the song has been covered by a number of artists. The song was played live on 20 April 1992 during The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, performed by Robert Plant with Queen.[11] The style of the song was described by author Karl Coryat as rockabilly in his 1999 book titled The Bass Player Book.[12]

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Composition

As reported by Freddie Mercury in Melody Maker, 2 May 1981, he composed “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” on the guitar in just five to ten minutes.[13]

‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ took me five or ten minutes. I did that on the guitar, which I can’t play for nuts, and in one way it was quite a good thing because I was restricted, knowing only a few chords. It’s a good discipline because I simply had to write within a small framework. I couldn’t work through too many chords and because of that restriction I wrote a good song, I think.

— Freddie Mercury

The song was written by Mercury as a tribute to Elvis Presley.[14] Roger Taylor added in an interview that Mercury wrote it in just 10 minutes while lounging in a bath in the Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich during one of their extensive Munich recording sessions.[15] Mercury took it to the studio shortly after writing it and presented it to Taylor and John Deacon.[8][16] The three of them, with their then new producer Reinhold Mack, recorded it at Musicland Studios in Munich. The entire song was reportedly recorded in less than half an hour (although Mack says it was six hours).[17] Having written “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” on guitar and played an acoustic rhythm guitar on the record, for the first time ever Mercury played guitar in concerts, for example at Live Aid at Wembley Stadium, London in 1985.[8][18]

Music video

The music video for the song was filmed at Trillion Studios in September 1979 and directed by Dennis De Vallance featuring four dancers and a floor of hands. An alternate version featuring alternate angles, out-takes and backstage footage from the original video shoot was included on the Days Of Our Lives DVD and Blu-ray releases.

Live performances

In reaction to the success of the single the band embarked on a mini UK tour entitled the Crazy Tour.[citation needed]

Whenever the song was played live, the band added a solid rock ending that extended the under-three-minute track to over five minutes, with May and Mercury providing additional guitars and vocals. An example of this is on the CD/DVD Set Live at Wembley ’86, where the song runs over six minutes.

Single release

The “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” single hit number two in the UK Singles Chart in 1979, and became the first US number-one hit for the band, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. It was knocked out of the top spot on this chart by Pink Floyd’sAnother Brick in the Wall, Part II“.[5][6] The song also topped the Australian ARIA charts for seven consecutive weeks from 1 March to 12 April 1980.[7] The UK release had “We Will Rock You (live)” as the b-side and America, Australia, Canada had “Spread Your Wings (live)”.

Personnel

Although Mercury would play an acoustic-electric twelve-string Ovation Pacemaker 1615 guitar and later on an electric six-string Fender Telecaster, both owned by May, in the studio he recorded it with a six-string acoustic with external mics. Mercury also played the original guitar solo on a version which has been lost.[19]

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertificationCertified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[citation needed]Platinum70,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[citation needed]Gold100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36]Gold500,000^
United States (RIAA)[37]Platinum2,000,000^
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Dwight Yoakam version

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
File:Dwight - Crazy Little Thing Called Love.jpg
Single by Dwight Yoakam
from the album Last Chance for a Thousand Years: Dwight Yoakam’s Greatest Hits from the 90’s
B-side“Let’s Work Tegether”/”Doin’ What I Did”
Released19 May 1999
FormatCD single
GenreCountry
Length2:22
LabelReprise
Songwriter(s)Freddie Mercury
Producer(s)Pete Anderson
Dwight Yoakam singles chronology
“These Arms”
(1998)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
(1999)
“Thinking About Leaving”
(1999)

American country music singer Dwight Yoakam included a cover of the song on his 1999 album Last Chance for a Thousand Years: Dwight Yoakam’s Greatest Hits from the 90’s.[38] Yoakam’s version was released as a single. It debuted at number 65 on the US Billboard “Hot Country Singles & Tracks” chart for the week of 1 May 1999, and peaked at number 12 on the US country singles charts that year. It was also used in a television commercial for clothing retailer Gap at the time of the album’s release. The music video was directed by Yoakam. This version appears in the movie The Break-Up (2006), starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston.

Charts

Chart (1999)Peak
position
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[39]19
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[40]1
UK Singles Chart35
US Billboard Hot 100[41]64
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[42]12
Year-end chart (1999)Rank
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[43]22
US Country Songs (Billboard)[44]64

Other cover versions

See also

 

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