Back Chat
Single by Queen from Hot Space
Released August 9 1982
Length 4:31
Genre Funk rock
Label EMI/Elektra
Writer John Deacon
Producer(s) Queen and Mack

Single Chronology
Last single Staying Power (1982)
This single Back Chat (1982)
Next single Radio Ga Ga (1984)
Last track Dancer
This track Back Chat
Next track Body Language

"Back Chat", written by bassist John Deacon, is the track most influenced by black music on the 1982 Queen album Hot Space. Deacon (who differed from his bandmates, in that he was the only one raised on soul instead of rock and roll) had chosen a no-compromise method of eliminating any rock elements from his songs for Hot Space. This act of defiance caused friction amongst fellow band members, particularly Brian May, who fought to retain some Queen sensibilities in their funk diversions. The band finally decided to include a guitar solo on "Back Chat" after heated debate. It reached #40 on the UK singles chart. The track would be performed on the Hot Space tour at a faster tempo, with a more rock-orientated arrangement. "Back Chat", the title, is an English idiom equivalent to the American phrase "back talk" (a phrase that is actually mentioned in the song), referring to an argument between two people.

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