One of the many “fame factors” of this song comes from is origin. Supposedly, while Queen was in Germany recording their 1979 album “The Game,” Freddie Mercury wrote the song “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” while taking a bubble bath in his room at the Munich Hilton. Peter Hince, the head of Queen’s road crew, recalled to Mojo magazine September 2009: “The idea for the song came to him while he was in the bath. He emerged, wrapped in a towel, I handed him the guitar and he worked out the chords there and then. Fred had this knack of knowing a great pop song.”
While Freddie’s vocals were phenomenal, he had only a limited amount of experience on the guitar. Despite this setback, Freddie acknowledged that perhaps his limited talent on the guitar helped shape the song: “‘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…I couldn’t work through too many chords and because of that restriction I wrote a good song, I think.” Once he had the idea, there was no stopping him. He was keen to keep the song minimal and producer Mack claimed that, the next day, he rushed into the studio to record it “before Brian could get there!” On the original track, Freddie Mercury had the honor of playing the introductory rift of the song.
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” became an important part of the show when on stage for Brian May. May often used three different guitars during the song: the first verse was played by Freddie alone with his guitar, then Brian joined with another Ovation Acoustic; before the third verse he had already switched to a Telecaster on which he performed the solo.
One of the more noticeable aspects of the song is the fact the Freddie incorporated his name into the song. There is a line that goes: “Until I’m ready (ready Freddie), Crazy little thing called love.” The line “Ready Freddie!” was originally sang by the band. However, this section took on a poignant edge after Mercury’s death when the song was performed with guest singers, as the lyric was never altered regardless of the vocalist. Fans would take this opportunity to bellow the ‘Ready, Freddie!’ lyric back at the band in remembrance of the singer. Over the summer I had a chance to see Queen perform with Adam Lambert as the singer and, even 35 years later, we fans still shouted that line in remembrance of the man who made it history.
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