Friday, February 5, 2010
Queen Song of the Week: Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
This song is pure camp (hence the photo). It is a catchy melody with fun lyrics, great harmonies (especially at the end - the "there he goes again. It's my good old fashioned lover boy" part might be my favorite portion of any Queen song ever recorded!), and proof that this was not a band that took itself at all seriously (I would again reference the photo but sadly I think that all four members probably thought they looked seriously hot in this photo - oh the 70s!)
This song is the only Queen song to feature a non-member on lead vocals (remember Under Pressure is billed as Queen and David Bowie and everything with Paul Rodgers was released under Queen + Paul Rodgers). Mike Stone, the band's producer, takes over the lead vocals for two lines of the song ("Hey, boy, where'd ya get it from? Hey, boy, where did you go?"). In concert, RT sang these two lines. The song was played in concert through the 1970s, often as a medley with Killer Queen.
Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy was the band's fourth single off A Day at the Races. It peaked at #17 on the charts and was recently covered by Jason Mraz on the CD Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen (His cover is considered one of the few passable ones on the CD).