When Hot Space came out, all we Queen fans just hung our heads in shame. This album was one of the chief causes of Queen’s declining popularity in the U.S. When I updated my collection from tape to CD this was the last one I bought and only because I felt I needed the complete works. Then I forced myself to relisten and suprise suprise there are some pretty good cuts on this one. Put Out the Fire and Action This Day are hard driving Queen songs of the first order. Los Pelabras De Amor harkens back to Teo Torriate with its use of a foreign language to give a generic love song an extra side to it. Of course it has Under Pressure. Having said that Hot Space does have some of the worst songs Queen ever recorded. Dancer, Back Chat and Calling All Girls make me cringe. Queen always experimented with different sounds and styles, but those tracks fall on their faces with a resounding crash. If you’re looking to buy your first Queen album stay away from this one until after you’ve explored Queen II, a Night at the Opera, News of the World and the rest. Otherwise you might end up wondering why these guys were ever popular.