Writer: Brian May
Producer: Roy Thomas Baker
Recorded: July-September 1978 at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland and SuperBear Studios in Nice, France
Released: November 1978
|Players:||Freddie Mercury — vocals
Brian May — guitar, vocals
Roger Deacon — bass
Roger Taylor — drums, vocals
Fat Bottomed Girls” was released with “Bicycle Race” as a double A-sided single from Queen‘s Jazz album.
The single was promoted with a video featuring nude women in a bicycle race. Sixty-five women, many with “fat bottoms,” were recruited for the video, which was filmed September 17th, 1978, at Wembley Stadium in London.
The bicycles for the video were provided by the manufacturer Halfords, which made Queen pay for replacement seats following the shoot.
The bicycle race also resulted in a poster that was included in the Jazz album. After initial pressings, it was discontinued in the U.S. and replaced by a form allowing buyers to mail-in for their copy of the poster.
During their performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City in the fall of 1978, Queen reenacted the bicycle race onstage.
The single hit Number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and Number 11 on the U.K. chart.
At the advice of their accountant, Queen recorded the Jazz album in two countries in order to avoid falling under taxation laws in any one nation.
The Jazz sessions were marked by two band birthdays — drummer Roger Taylor‘s 29th and frontman Freddie Mercury‘s 32nd, both of which were celebrated with lavish parties, which involved swinging from a chandelier (at Taylor’s) and swimming nude (at Mercury’s).
Queen was so taken with Mountain Studios in Switzerland that they decided to buy the facility from its Dutch owners.
The Jazz album was launched at a Halloween party in New Orleans, which featured naked female mud wrestlers, dwarfs, fire-eaters, steel bands, Zulu dancers, jazz bands, voodoo dancers, strippers, drag artists, and unicyclists.
Jazz peaked at Number Six on the Billboard 200 and Number Two in the U.K. It was Queen’s second consecutive million-seller, following 1977’s News Of The World.