Flash Gordon is the ninth studio album, and first soundtrack album by British rock band Queen, and is one of the two film soundtracks they produced, along with Highlander. It is the album to the science fiction film Flash Gordon, and features lyrics on only two tracks. "Flash's Theme" was the only single to be released from the album, under the title "Flash". The album reached #10 on the UK charts and #23 in the US.

The album was reissued worldwide on 27 June 2011 (excluding the US and Canada, where it was released on 27 September 2011) as part of the band's 40th anniversary.[5][6] The reissue adds an EP of related tracks.


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There are two versions of the opening track. The album version ("Flash's Theme") is the start to the film, with part of the dialogue from the first scene. The single version ("Flash") features parts of the dialogue taken from various parts of the film. This version was also included on the Greatest Hitscompilation from 1981. The single reached #1 in Austria. The track is noted for its pounding, repetitive bassline and the camp humour of the snippets of dialogue from the film that it contains.

All but two of the tracks on the album ("Flash's Theme" and "The Hero") are instrumentals, although most feature dialogue sampled from the film. The album makes extensive use of synthesisers, which Queen had employed for the first time on their previous album, The Game, although to a much lesser extent.

Side A of the album, except for the opening track and Freddie Mercury's "Football Fight" (also chosen as a B-side for the "Flash" single), contains mostly synthesiser, vocal, guitar and drum soundscapes (accompanied by the movie dialogues), written and performed by Mercury, Roger Taylor andJohn Deacon. Side B, while starting with similar compositions by Deacon and Taylor, develops for the most part around the full-band rockier themes, mainly "Flash's Theme" and "Battle Theme", composed and arranged by Brian May. The last track, "The Hero", while an individual song, reprises both motifs. Different takes of the song were used for the end credits in the film and for the album finale.

The album contains mostly the score performed by Queen, and only two short, uncredited fragments of Howard Blake's orchestral score (appearing in "The Kiss" and "The Hero").

All tracks are recorded from October through November 1980 expect two tracks ("Football Fight" and "The Kiss") which were recorded in February through March 1980 during some time as The Game sessions.

In popular culture[edit]Edit

"Flash's Theme", "Football Fight", "Battle Theme" and "The Hero" are played in the 2012 comedy film Ted, which uses the Flash Gordon film as a key subplot. "Flash's Theme" was also used in the film Blades of Glory, during one of Will Ferrell and Jon Heder's skating performances.

Track listing[edit]Edit

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Flash's Theme"   Brian May 3:30
2. "In the Space Capsule (The Love Theme)"   Roger Taylor 2:21
3. "Ming's Theme (In the Court of Ming the Merciless)"   Freddie Mercury 2:53
4. "The Ring (Hypnotic Seduction of Dale)"   Mercury 0:58
5. "Football Fight"   Mercury 1:29
6. "In the Death Cell (Love Theme Reprise)"   Taylor 2:26
7. "Execution of Flash"   John Deacon 1:06
8. "The Kiss (Aura Resurrects Flash)"   Mercury, Howard Blake 1:47
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Arboria (Planet of the Tree Men)" (listed as "Man" on the 1982 US LP, 5E-518-B) Deacon 1:41
2. "Escape from the Swamp"   Taylor 1:44
3. "Flash to the Rescue"   May 2:47
4. "Vultan's Theme (Attack of the Hawk Men)"   Mercury 1:15
5. "Battle Theme"   May 2:20
6. "The Wedding March" ("Bridal Chorus") May 0:56
7. "Marriage of Dale and Ming (And Flash Approaching)"   May, Taylor 2:04
8. "Crash Dive on Mingo City"   May 1:01
9. "Flash's Theme Reprise (Victory Celebrations)"   May 1:39
10. "The Hero"   May, Blake 3:31


Additional personnel

Charts and certifications[edit]Edit

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (1980/81) Peak position
Austrian Albums Chart[8] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[9] 10
Dutch Albums Chart[10] 7
German Albums Chart[11] 2
Norwegian Albums Chart[12] 25
Swedish Albums Chart[13] 29
UK Albums Chart[14] 10
U.S. Billboard 200[15] 23

Sales and certifications[edit]Edit

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Poland (ZPAV)[16] Platinum 20,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Gold 100,000^

  • sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone

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