One of rock’s most enduring anthems, “Fat Bottomed Girls,” has recently found itself absent from a fresh rendition of Queen’s acclaimed “Greatest Hits” album. The song, known for its spirited lyrics like “Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin’ world go round,” had been a fixture on the band’s original 1981 greatest hits compilation, sharing the spotlight with timeless tracks such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You.”
However, this latest release of the collection, available on Yoto—an audio platform designed for children—has curiously omitted “Fat Bottomed Girls.” Geared towards introducing the music of Queen to young enthusiasts, the album boasts a description on Yoto’s official website proclaiming it to be the ideal backdrop for occasions ranging from kitchen dance parties and road trip singalongs to bedtime air guitar sessions.
As reported by NME – Despite the kid-friendly focus, the new collection isn’t without its cautionary notes. It emphasizes that some of the remaining songs contain adult themes, including occasional references to violence and drugs. While the original, unedited recordings maintain their integrity, the platform advises parental discretion when playing such content for or around younger audiences.
This revamped iteration of the Queen compilation was brought to life in collaboration with Universal Music Group, following a partnership agreement signed earlier in the month. As part of this partnership, further releases from music legends like Bob Marley & The Wailers, alongside labels such as Motown Records and Disney Music Group, are anticipated to grace the platform in the upcoming months, according to reports from Music Week.
Meanwhile, music aficionados and Queen enthusiasts have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the life of the late Freddie Mercury through a comprehensive exhibition in London. Sotheby’s is currently showcasing a remarkable collection of the Queen frontman’s personal belongings, including handwritten lyrics, Polaroid snapshots, and various costumes. Among the eclectic items are a draft of Queen’s 1975 hit “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Salvador Dali artwork, guest-list notebooks, Adidas high-top sneakers, and iconic stage outfits spanning Mercury’s career.
The exhibit, running from August 4 to September 5, is open to the public with no admission fee or required booking. Following the exhibition, a series of six auctions will commence on September 6, offering fans and collectors a chance to own a piece of Queen history. For those eager to participate, more details can be found on the exhibition’s official website.