@Matt Z - great post. I agree with your take that 'Body Language was devoid of instrumentation and the whole band must have felt isolating' as well as
seeing something different going on in Freddie's life at that time! May be they let Body language be released as a single because if it fails (probably they know it already it
was trash and told Freddie too!), it will all be Freddie's fault. Lol!
But looking at other comments about Freddie's attitude at the time, I feel we are being too harsh and judgemental here. Just my 2 cents.
Freddie must have witnessed his heterosexual friends and other rockstar friends have the time of their lives and able to get away with it. Wasn't sex, drugs and rock and roll,
the way of life in 60's and 70's ? I am sure Roger has had his share of fun as well. Didn't he say in the 'News of the world' documentary that there was loads of sex and it
depends on what era it was? All heterosexual members had their fun and more or less settled down by the time Freddie felt sexually liberated to explore the field. Even Freddie's
gay friends said they were all promiscuous at the time.
Everybody has character flaws. Everyone has had their missteps at some point in their lives. Didn't John have a bit of drinking problem during magic tour and bit of stripper
fun in 2000's? Didn't Brian have his share of affairs too? Since Freddie is gone and has no wife, children, and unfortunately the only rockstar to die of Aids, he had been an
easy target and his character and his lifestyle choices are scrutinized so much and everything bad is attributed to them without analyzing other issues properly. I think it is
a bit unfair! After all Queen were 4 strong individuals, 4 strong characters, 4 big egos!
All of us don't know all the background information, circumstances, influences for specific person's behavior. All we have is second hand information. Even Brian has had
his memory lapses! We were all told Paul Prenter being a bad influence from documentaries and movie, but Brian also recently said "Prenter was not all bad" either.
I don't think Brian and Roger were homophobic but there could have been others who were homophobic who had a bone to pick with or who was playing both sides,
feeding some truths and some untruths. We need to take all the comments with a grain of salt as the other person is not avaialble to refute or say their
side of the story!
Regarding Mr. Paul Gambaccini, did he interview any of the members of the band prior to 1991? I have never seen any photos of him with the members of the band
including Freddie or interview in print, audio or video? I only saw him interview Bono at live aid. Did he interview any of the Queen members at live aid?
Was he part of Queen's trusted group of journalists or in their inner circle? Has he given any other quotes from Freddie or any other band mambers? I really would like to see them.
Freddie may have told Paul G about 'doing with everybody' but we also know that Freddie could be a bit flippant in his comments specifically if it was a journalist(who
is not part of his inner circle) 'prying' into his private life during his private time, to get some info! Most of the time, I think most of the time, he gave them what they wanted to hear!
I think even Brian or Roger said in some interview that a lot of the stuff written about Freddie is not true and even some of the so called Queen 'parties' have been
exaggerated by their own team, as well.
Still I am surprised, someone felt it necessary to include the exact quote he 'supposedly' gave (even though there are no other quotes from him
given by the band or Freddie), in every other documentary or print about Freddie, since his death. Freddie must have really rubbed somebody the wrong
way or they hated his guts when he was alive and wanted to prove a point! Very sad.