Why Was ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ Excluded from the New Queen Compilation?

Why Was ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ Excluded from the New Queen Compilation? | Society Of Rock Videos

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If you’ve been hearing about Queen’s song “Fat Bottomed Girls” mysteriously missing from a new compilation, you might have come across some sensational headlines. But let’s clear things up and find out what’s really going on.

The Classic Compilation

Queen’s classic compilation album, Greatest Hits, was recently released on Yoto, a special audio player for kids. This album, first released back in 1981, included 17 awesome songs from Queen’s rock journey between 1974 and 1980.

The new version on Yoto is almost the same as the original, with one exception – “Fat Bottomed Girls” isn’t on it. Some news outlets acted like this was a huge deal, but there’s no need to panic. The Daily Mail made it sound like this was some kind of “woke agenda” thing with their headline “We Will Woke You! Queen Song ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ Is Mysteriously Dropped From the Group’s New Greatest Hits Collection.” But really, it’s not that mysterious or woke.

The Kid-Friendly Reason

The reason behind leaving out “Fat Bottomed Girls” was simply to make the Yoto version kid-friendly. Yoto is all about stuff for kids to enjoy, like audiobooks and music. Queen’s music is amazing, but some of their lyrics can be a bit grown-up, like in “Fat Bottomed Girls.” You see, the lyrics talk about things that might not be suitable for young ears.

Queen’s Blessing

A spokesperson for Brian May, the guitarist of Queen, confirmed that the band was cool with this decision. It’s all about making sure the songs are just right for the audience – in this case, kids.

Now, don’t get us wrong. Yoto isn’t trying to make Queen’s music all squeaky clean. They put a note on their Greatest Hits album saying:

“Please note that the lyrics in some of these songs contain adult themes, including occasional references to violence and drugs. These are the original and unedited recordings. Whilst no swear words are used parental discretion is advised when playing this content to or around younger children.”

If you’re a big fan of “Fat Bottomed Girls” and you’re feeling bummed about it not being on the Yoto version, don’t sweat it. You can still find the original Greatest Hits album in record stores. Plus, if you’re looking for a deal, used copies might just be a few bucks!

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