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Freddie Mercury in the Time video

Time and Time again: “lost” Freddie Mercury performance unearthed

In the wake of the success of last year’s Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, a new version of Mercury’s 1986 solo hit Time has been released, with the original’s multiple layers of vocals and instrumentation stripped back to reveal the full power of the Queen singer’s performance.

Written by Dave Clark for his stage musical Time, the original version was one of two songs Mercury recorded for the show’s accompanying album, and reached number 32 in the UK charts thirty-three years ago this month. Freddie’s other contribution to the album, In My Defence, wasn’t released as a single at the time but was remixed into a posthumous top ten hit in 1992.

Despite his contributions to the Time album, Mercury turned down the offer of a starring role in the show, apparently telling Clark: “For one thing, my darling, I don’t get up until 3pm, so I can’t do matinees. For another, when I do a show, I sing my butt off for three hours and then I drop dead. So it would be impossible to do eight shows a week.” With a cast including Cliff Richard and a projection of Sir Laurence Olivier, the show ran in London for two years.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Clark recalls how Mercury’s first take of the song “gave me goosebumps” and is keen to stress that the release of the track is not an attempt to cash in on the success of Bohemian Rhapsody. “I decided it would be wrong to bring it out before the film or during it,” he explains, “so I waited.”

Now retitled Time Waits For No One, the track has been remixed on previous occasions, including a Nile Rodgers mix on 1992’s The Freddie Mercury Album, but this is the first time Freddie’s demo version has been released. An accompanying video clip has also been prepared, using footage from the original 1986 promo and additional scenes which were not used at the time.

Off The Chart: 19 March 1987

Off The Chart: 19 March 1987

Come back to this day in 1987 for another two hours of hits, headlines and hot takes on Off The Chart! We’ve got the usual treasure trove of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s hit … read more

Off The Chart: 22 September 1985

Off The Chart: 22 September 1985

Time to fire up the old flux capacitor as we go back to the… well, the past, frankly. This week’s Off The Chart revisits the UK singles chart of this week in 1985 and plays some of the hits you … read more

Off The Chart: 23 September 1984

Off The Chart: 23 September 1984

Back to this week in 1984 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from a featured album, pick a song from an international chart, discuss the day’s events and run through the … read more

Off The Chart: 20 May 1985

Off The Chart: 20 May 1985

Join us for another two hours of memories and mayhem as Steve and Julian take on the UK singles chart of 20 May 1985! There’s lots of hits you haven’t heard for ages, three tracks from a very famous featured … read more

Virtual C90 – October 2016

Virtual C90 - October 2016

Loads of new music this month from Madness, Pet Shop Boys, The Pretenders, Shakin’ Stevens, Bon Jovi, Deacon Blue, The Wedding Present, Pixies, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Marillion, Peter Gabriel and The Beat featuring Ranking Roger! Plus the … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 9 September 2016

Madness Mr Apples sleeve

The remix of Bob Marley‘s Is This Love continues to climb the singles chart, up another four places to 16 this week, while Legend slips three places to number 9 on the album listings. Freddie Mercury‘s 70th birthday celebratory Messenger … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 2 September 2016

Top Of The Pops 1980-1984

Absolute scenes on the singles chart as the remix of Bob Marley‘s Is This Love leaps nineteen places to number 20 after seven weeks pootling around in the shallow end. Conversely Legend drops a place to number 6 on the … read more