How Queen Embraced Disco, Conquered America, Then Bit The Dust

David Chiu
Jun 25, 2015 · 19 min read
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Roger Taylor, John Deacon, Freddie Mercury and Brian May

In 1980, ‘The Game’ became Queen’s biggest hit album in America, yet the record’s success ushered in a dramatic fall in popularity

Queen from 1979–1980 (John Rodgers)
Queen circa 1976
Queen’s Freddie Mercury performing in Paris in 1979 (Georges De Keerle)
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The cover of Queen’s 1980 album ‘The Game’
Queen circa 1982 (Steve Jennings)


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