I'm in Love with My Car

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In addition to his drumming and vocal duties, Roger Taylor could always be counted on to add at least one solid, hard-hitting rocker to a Queen album. The best-known example of this skill is "I’m In Love With My Car," a fun rocker from A Night At The Opera. The double entendre-laden lyrics portray a macho dude who has found the ultimate thrill: "I’m in love with my car/Got a feel for my automobile/Get a grip on my boy racer rollbar/Such a thrill when your radials squeal." The music lives up to the macho tone of the lyrics by matching up verses that swagger in a midtempo hard rock style with a chorus full of exuberant ascending phrases that capture the song’s sense of ecstasy in style. Queen’s recording of "I’m In Love With My Car" plays up the automotive theme, building itself on pounding backbeat and rumbling piano lines that sound racing cars and also adding plenty of hanging power chords that sound like revving engines. Roger Taylor supplies a gravelly, Rod Stewart-styled vocal that fits the song to a ‘t’ and overdubbed vocal harmonies on the chorus add an ethereal bit of pure pop into the mix. The result was tight hard-rocker with a few pop edges that became a highlight of A Night At The Opera. It was later used as a b-side for the "Bohemian Rhapsody" single and became a concert favorite that was included in its concert version on Live Killers.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
A Night at the Opera 1975 Hollywood 3:04
No Image 1989 Capitol
Rocks, Vol. 1 1997 Hollywood 3:11
The Crown Jewels 1998 Hollywood 3:04
Greatest Hits 2004 Island 0:00
The Singles Collection [13 CD] 2008 Parlophone 3:12