Meaning of “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen
“Fat Bottomed Girls” is the title of a 1978 single by the renowned British rock band Queen. Lyrically, this track is all about the appreciation of women endowed with large derrières. That’s all there is to the lyrics of this song. To the narrator, big women are the epitome of beauty.
According to Queen’s legendary guitarist Brian May, he penned this song with Freddy Mercury (lead singer of Queen) in mind. Why? Because Mercury liked fat bottomed “girls… or boys”. May revealed this during a 2018 interview with Mojo magazine.
That said, it is important to note that May also told Mojo that a part of the song’s inspiration also came from “stuff” he saw in both his and Mercury’s life. We can’t help but wonder what this “stuff” is.
Facts about “Fat Bottomed Girls”
- Brian May solely penned this track.
- The production of the song was done by Queen in collaboration with English record producer and songwriter Roy Thomas Baker. FYI: Baker also produced Queen’s iconic song “Bohemian Rhapsody“.
- On October 13, 1978, “Fat Bottomed Girls” was released as a double A-side single along with Mercury-penned “Bicycle Race”. Owing to this, radio stations tend to play both songs together. After “Fat Bottomed Girls”, they play “Bicycle Race” or vice versa.
- A line from “Fat Bottomed Girls” references the Queen single “Bicycle Race”. The line in question is “Get on your bikes and ride!”. It’s noteworthy that a line from “Bicycle Race” also references this song.
- The lead vocals on this track were handled solely by Mercury. Roger Taylor and Brian May took care of the backing vocals.
- The original artwork for this single was so offensive that it was banned. Queen was forced to alter it in order to remove the ban on it.
- This single was a chart success. In the US Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number 24. In the UK Singles Chart, it performed better, peaking at number 11.
Did Queen make a music video for this classic?
Yes, they did. The official clip for this song was shot in Texas, United States. To be precise, it was filmed at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (formerly called the Dallas Convention Center) in Dallas, Texas.
Which album is “Fat Bottomed Girls” on?
It was released as one of the singles from Queen’s seventh studio album Jazz.