We’re dipping into the Far Out Magazine vaults to bring you the incredible isolated bass of Queen’s unsung hero John Deacon.
Bass guitarists are, in general, much overlooked among the icons of rock. Sure there is Paul McCartney, Motorhead’s Lemmy and Rush main man Geddy Lee, but that doesn’t mean the instrument gets an easy ride. Still thought of as surplus to requirements to the music lamen, there’s one song in Queen’s catalogue that is all about the bass—’Another One Bites The Dust.’
The debate over whether bassists are dramatically overlooked or not isn’t helped by Deacon being quite possibly one of the most successful yet reclusive rock stars in memory. Having spent nearly 20 years avoiding the limelight even the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody—of which he is a natural protagonist—couldn’t lure him into the public sphere.
Instead, Deacon prefers to let his mammoth pile of hits od the talk. Boy, do they have something to say too. An architect of some of the world’s most beloved songs, Deacon’s role in the evolution of music cannot be underestimated. One of the moments that Deacon shines brightest is on Queen’s song ‘Another One Bites The Dust’.
Written by Deacon, the song featured on the band’s eighth studio album The Game and is perfectly depicted in the aforementioned biopic, as Deacon plucks the songs dynamic bass line. In fact, it’s one of the songs in the band catalogue that entirely hinges on that bass line.
Mercury’s rapid-fire lyrics are alluring and his vocal is always impressive but ask anyone to sing ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ and chances are they begin the bass. It’s the band’s best selling single, with sales of over seven million and is arguably Deacon’s finest moment on record.
Below, hear John Deacon’s remarkable isolated bass for Queen’s song ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ and never doubt the role of a bassist ever again.