I'm Going Slightly Mad

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Queen - I'm Going Slightly Mad (Official Video)

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I'm Going Slightly Mad on Wikipedia
"I'm Going Slightly Mad"
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Single by Queen
from the album Innuendo
B-side"Lost Opportunity"
"The Hitman"
Released4 March 1991
  • 7"
  • 12"
  • cassette
  • CD
GenreGothic rock[1]
Producer(s)Queen and David Richards
Queen singles chronology

"I'm Going Slightly Mad" is a song by the British rock band Queen. Written by Freddie Mercury, it was released as the second single from the band's 1991 album Innuendo. The lyrics and the accompanying music video project the song as quirky, humorous and light-hearted.[2] The song also features a slide guitar solo performed by Brian May. John Deacon's bass is tuned down to a low B.

The single cover was inspired by a Grandville illustration (as are the others from the album).


  • 1 Video
  • 2 Personnel
  • 3 Chart performance
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


The accompanying video — like all other Innuendo videos directed by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher of DoRo Productions — was filmed in February 1991 at Limehouse Studios and it features the band dressed and acting in an absurd and surreal manner, including guitarist Brian May dressed as a penguin (a reprise of his outfit featured in the booklet of the first Queen album[3]), drummer Roger Taylor wearing a tea kettle on his head and riding a tricycle while Mercury sneaks up on him and is chasing him, a man in a gorilla suit, bassist John Deacon as a jester, and Mercury wearing a bunch of bananas as a wig (corresponding with the line "I think I'm a banana tree").

"I'm Going Slightly Mad" is the last Queen video to feature significant creative input from Mercury. Although he was already considerably ill at the time due to the HIV virus which would claim his life less than a year later, "I'm Going Slightly Mad" features him very mobile and expressive in the final clip, as well as actively co-directing some of the video's storyboards, although his physical appearance was very frail; he was wearing thick make-up to hide the blotches on his face and an extra layer of clothing underneath to conceal his weight loss. This was not the case in "These Are the Days of Our Lives", the last video Mercury ever filmed (in May 1991), where he hardly moves around at all, as his condition had deteriorated further. Both of these videos were shot in black and white.[4]


  • Freddie Mercury - lead, and backing vocals, keyboards, piano, sampler
  • Brian May - electric guitar, slide guitar
  • Roger Taylor - drums, maracas, bar chimes
  • John Deacon - bass guitar


  1. ^ "I'm Going Slightly Mad". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  2. ^ 02-15-1991 LA Times "Innuendo" review, retrieved from the Queen archives at http://www.queenarchives.com/index.php?title=Queen_-_02-15-1991_-_Innuendo_-_LA_Times
  3. ^ "Brians Soapbox October 2009". Brianmay.com. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  4. ^ "The Queen Phenomenon". 1995.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Dutch charts portal". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  6. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". musicline.de. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  7. ^ Jaclyn Ward (1 October 1962). "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 

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  • Lyrics at Queen official website

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