Stone Cold Crazy

"Stone Cold Crazy"
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Single by Queen
from the album Sheer Heart Attack
Released8 November 1974
RecordedJuly–September 1974
Queen singles chronology
"The Show Must Go On"
"Stone Cold Crazy"
"Bohemian Rhapsody/These Are the Days of Our Lives"

"Stone Cold Crazy" is a song by British rock band Queen from their 1974 album Sheer Heart Attack.[6] The song is the eighth track on the album. Although the song was not released as a single at the time, it was played live at almost every Queen concert from 1974 to 1978.[7][8][9][10] "Stone Cold Crazy" also features on the band's 1992 compilation album, Classic Queen.[11]

The song credit is shared between all the members of the band, although Freddie Mercury played it with his band Wreckage in the late 1960s before Queen was created. The recorded version may be lyrics from Mercury and music from Mercury and Brian May. It was the first song Queen performed live in 1970, but it underwent many changes musically and lyrically before getting recorded, resulting in credit going to the entire band. Early versions of the song were much slower, according to the band, although no bootlegs exist.


"Stone Cold Crazy" is known for its fast tempo and heavy distortion, thus being a precursor to speed metal.[12] Music magazine Q described "Stone Cold Crazy" as "thrash metal before the term was invented".[5] In 2009, it was named the 38th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[13]

DRUM! Magazine called it an "early blisteringly fast song", describing Taylor's performance as "straight-up punk-rock drumming. [...] In essence, Taylor's groove is a double-stroke roll split between his bass drum and snare drum with some cool accents played on his crash cymbals. Taylor later re-enters with a dramatic and decidedly non-punk fill to restart the groove."[14]

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