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Fun in Space

Fun in Space
Studio album by Roger Taylor
Released 6 April 1981
Recorded 1978 – 1981
Studio Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland
Genre progressive rock, hard rock, Space rock, reggae
Length 40:12
Label EMI/Parlophone (UK)
Elektra Records (US)
Producer Roger Taylor
Roger Taylor chronology
Fun in Space
(1981)
Strange Frontier
(1984)

Fun in Space is the debut album by English musician Roger Taylor, released on 18 April 1981 in the UK and 9 May in the US. The album peaked at number 18 in the British charts, while it performed poorly upon its US release.
The album was recorded in between legs of Queen's tours for The Game and Flash Gordon albums. Taylor wrote, produced, sang and performed all of the songs himself.

The albums credits state "P.P.S. 157 synthesizers", a joke referring to Queen's usual statement of "No synthesisers".

"Future Management" was issued as a single in Europe while "Let's Get Crazy" was released in the US. The album was re-released as a digitally remastered CD in 1996.

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Contents

  • Cover 1
  • Track listing 2
    • Side 1 2.1
    • Side 2 2.2
  • Personnel 3
  • Singles 4

Cover

The alien on the album cover comes from the July 1980 issue of Creepy Magazine. The back cover of the album shows Roger Taylor reading that issue.

The 'alien' writing on the magazine on the front cover consists mainly of upside down Hebrew characters. The actual words are meaningless.

Track listing

Side 1

  1. "No Violins" – 4:33
  2. "Laugh or Cry" – 3:06
  3. "Future Management" – 3:03
  4. "Let's Get Crazy" – 3:40
  5. "My Country I & II" – 6:49

Side 2

  1. "Good Times Are Now" – 3:28
  2. "Magic is Loose" – 3:30
  3. "Interlude in Constantinople" – 2:04
  4. "Airheads" – 3:38
  5. "Fun in Space" – 6:22

Personnel

  • Roger Taylor – drums, percussion, lead and backing vocals, guitars, bass guitar, keyboards
  • David Richards – engineer, approximately 50% of keyboards
  • Hipgnosis – artwork, cover design

Singles

  • Future Management

A-Side: "Future Management"
B-Side: "Laugh Or Cry"
Released on 30 March 1981.
Reached #49 in the UK Singles Chart.
Released in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Ireland.

  • Let's Get Crazy

A-Side: "Let's Get Crazy"
B-Side: "Laugh Or Cry"
Released on 15 May 1981.
Released in Japan, USA, Canada and Australia.

  • My Country

A-Side: "My Country"
B-Side: "Fun In Space"
Released on 29 June 1981.
Did not chart.
Only released in the UK.

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