Living on My Own

"Living on My Own" is a song by Freddie Mercury, originally included in his first solo album Mr. Bad Guy. It was released as a single (backed with "My Love Is Dangerous") in September 1985 in the United Kingdom where it peaked at number 50. The July 1985 release in the United States had "She Blows Hot and Cold" as its B-side.[1]

"Living on My Own"
Living on My Own cover - Freddie Mercury.jpg
Single by Freddie Mercury
from the album Mr. Bad Guy
B-side"My Love Is Dangerous"
Released2 September 1985
Recorded1984
Genre
Length
  • 3:21 (album version)
  • 3:03 (single version)
  • 6:39 (extended version)
  • 3:38 (No More Brothers' version)
  • 3:39 (Greatest Hits III version)
Label
Songwriter(s)Freddie Mercury
Producer(s)
Freddie Mercury singles chronology
"Made in Heaven"
(1985)
"Living on My Own"
(1985)
"Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow"
(1985)
Music video
"Living on My Own" (1993 'No More Brothers' Mix) on YouTube
1993 Cover
Cover art for 1993 No More Brothers Mix.
Cover art for 1993 No More Brothers Mix.

1993 No More Brothers' Mix versionEdit

In 1993, two years after Mercury's death, the No More Brothers Mix of the song was released and reached number 1 in the UK, Ireland and in France (for 15 weeks), becoming Mercury's first solo number 1 hit; in the rest of the world – including Europe, Asia, Canada and Ibero-America – this version also reached the top of the charts. Meanwhile, in the United States, the 1993 version was not officially released.[2][3] It remained at the top for two weeks on the British charts.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Tom Ewing from Freaky Trigger said that Mercury "sounds terrific over house music."[4] Music & Media wrote in their review that "Belgian dance producers picked up a Mercury vocal track, put it on top of sequencers—with surprising results—and made a local top 10 hit out of it."[5] The Network Forty commented that "hitting you over the head like a hammer, the harmony-laden hook compliments an uptempo groove".[6] Sandwell Evening Mail called it "a stunning Euro-style remix".[7]

Chart performanceEdit

The 1993 No More Brothers Mix of "Living on My Own" was very successful in Europe. It managed to peak at number-one in Denmark, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well as on the Eurochart Hot 100. In the UK, it hit the top spot in its third week at the UK Singles Chart, on August 8, 1993.[8] The single spent two weeks at the top of the chart. Additionally, it reached number 2 in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. In these countries, it was held off reaching number-one by 4 Non Blondes' "What's Up". "Living on My Own" earned a gold record in the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, while it earned a platinum record in Austria and Germany.

Music videoEdit

The videos for both the original 1985 and the 1993 remix versions of "Living on My Own" show footage of Mercury's 39th birthday celebration on 5 September 1985 at the Old Mrs. Henderson nightclub in Munich.[9] The video was directed by Hannes Rossacher and Rudi Dolezal.[10] The No More Brothers Mix was published on YouTube in November 2012. By September 2020, the video had more than 34,7 million views.[11]

Track listingsEdit

1985 editionEdit

7-inch

A. "Living on My Own" (single version)
B. "My Love Is Dangerous" (album version) – 3:41

12-inch

A. "Living on My Own" (extended version) – 6:42
B. "My Love Is Dangerous" (extended version) – 6:28

1993 editionEdit

7-inch/cassette

A. "Living on My Own" (radio mix)
B. "Living on My Own" (1992 album remix)

CD single

  1. "Living on My Own" (radio mix)
  2. "Living on My Own" (extended mix)
  3. "Living on My Own" (club mix)
  4. "Living on My Own" (1992 album remix)

12-inch

A1. "Living on My Own" (extended mix)
A2. "Living on My Own" (club mix)
B1. "Living on My Own" (dub mix)
B2. "Living on My Own" (LA mix)

PersonnelEdit

  • Freddie Mercury – lead and backing vocals
  • Colin Peter – additional production / remix
  • Carl Ward – additional production / remix
  • Serge Ramaekers – additional production / remix

Charts and certificationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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