Written by guitarist and backing vocalist Brian May but credited to Queen and produced by David Richards , it was released as the first single from the album on 2 May Elsewhere, it peaked at number two in the Netherlands and charted within the top 10 in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Norway and Switzerland.
With its message about fighting for one's own goals it became an anti- apartheid protest song in South Africa. The song was first played live on 20 April , three years after its release, during The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert , performed by the three remaining members of Queen, with Roger Daltrey singing lead vocals and Tony Iommi playing rhythm guitar.
The song is sung mainly by Mercury, with May singing on the choruses and middle eight. The song, according to John Deacon , was one of only a few which was already written before the band entered the studio in the beginning of for what would become The Miracle album.
The song was inspired by May's conflicted feelings after his breakup with his first wife, Christine Mullen, and his new relationship with Anita Dobson. Songwriter May, however, claims that it is about having ambitions and fighting for one's own goals; because of this, the song became an anti- apartheid song in South Africa and has also been used as a gay rights protest theme and a rallying anthem for African-American youth.
There are at least three different versions of the song. The album version included on The Miracle features an acoustic and electric guitar intro, as well as a two-part main guitar solo, the first section played at the same tempo as the rest of the song, followed by a second, faster-paced section. For its single release, the track was edited slightly. Most obviously, the instrumental intro was replaced with an a cappella rendition of the chorus, leading into May's first short guitar solo.
The slower first section of the main guitar solo was also removed. As well as the various single releases, this version was also used in the music video and is found on the band's Greatest Hits II compilation. A third version of the song was prepared especially for the Queen Rocks compilation. Essentially a hybrid of the previous versions, its features the a cappella intro of the single version but the full-length guitar solo of the album version.
May's greased fretboard. The music video features the band performing in a studio that used halogen lighting. In the Greatest Video Hits 2 DVD audio commentary, Brian May and Roger Taylor recall that Mercury's health was already quite bad when the video's shooting took place, and it was remarkable that it did not show up in the video, with Mercury performing with all the energy he had. The video also features Mercury's first public appearance with a beard to hide the kaposi's sarcoma marks on his jawline, after shaving off his trademark moustache during the video shoot for " The Great Pretender " in February It's nice to come back with something strong.
Something that reminds people we're a live group. I don't think we're a singles band, really. Just before we put the single out I started listening to what's on the radio, and the kind of stuff that becomes a hit these days bears no resemblance to what we do.
People only remember the hits, but I suppose we have done okay. We were heading into the period where we decided to share the credit for all the songs, and John has said that [the song] was pretty much a finished song when we went into the studios — that's true, it was just this riff that I was obsessed with for months. The actual title was a favorite phrase of Anita's, a very ambitious girl: 'I want it all, and I want it now ' We were never able to perform this song live.
It would have become something of the staple core of the Queen show, I'm sure, very participatory. It was designed for the audience to sing along to, very anthemic. Interesting, I wrote myself a bit in the middle. I can't remember quite why that was, it's a very sort of Pete Townshend thing to do, isn't it? But it made a nice little kind of duet in the middle, a bit of sparring between me and Freddie, and I know he enjoyed that.
It features the rapping of Armaggedon, a former member of Terror Squad. This mash-up rap version of the song was also featured in the film Sucker Punch. The original version of the song was featured in the PlayStation karaoke music video game SingStar Queen. The single version of the song was available as a playable track in the music video game Guitar Hero: Van Halen. The song was originally released as downloadable content on 20 October , alongside a pack of other Queen songs.
The song was later re-released as downloadable content for Rock Band 3 to support the new pro guitar and keyboard features. The song appears in a TV commercial for T Mobile. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see I Want It All disambiguation. This section does not cite any sources.
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