Queen’s Roger Taylor Shares Cover of the Classic “The Clapping Song”; Solo LP ‘Outsider’ 10/1 (Pre-Order)


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On Oct. 1, Roger Taylor, drummer of Queen and noted singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, will release a new solo album titled Outsider. It will be his first since 2013’s Fun on Earth and his sixth to date.

The record was announced recently, and on Thursday a preview landed in the form of “The Clapping Song” — as in, the Top 10 1965 single from Shirley Ellis, which was also recorded in 1982 by the Belle Stars.

It’s a decidedly unexpected release from Taylor, who could be said to exhibit some rapping(!) in the new version:

“I loved the original by Shirley Ellis,” said Roger Taylor in a statement. “It’s just so joyful and simple. It’s got a swing to it, and I’ve tried to recreate that swing using an ancient drum kit. It was just a real pleasure to do that song, it’s like a playground nursery rhyme for kids.”

It’s the second song shared thus far from Outsider, following “We’re all Just Trying to Get By,” a collaboration with K.T. Tunstall:

A bit more about the album:

With much of Outsider recorded during lockdown, this new album finds Taylor in a reflective mood, conveying a palpable sense of isolation, concerns over the passing of time, and tellingly dedicated “to all the outsiders, those who feel left on the sidelines.” A highly personal project, Outsider’s instrumentation is almost entirely performed by Taylor, with his vocals matching the mood-piece atmosphere.

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Said Taylor: “I’ve had a bit of a creative spurt and suddenly found myself with an album, which was lovely. It was a surprise! I just found myself in the studio and they came out one after the other. It was a pleasure really.”

“I want everybody to enjoy it,” he said of the album. “I doubt I will be doing this much longer but I’m still able to do it, so I really embrace it. Will I be playing Queen songs too? Absolutely! I can’t stand people who don’t embrace a lot of the stuff they are loved for. Come on, admit who you are!”

The track listing:

“Tides”
“I Know, I Know, I Know”
“More Kicks”
“Absolutely Anything”
“Gangsters Are Running This World”
“We’re All Just Trying To Get By” – Featuring K T Tunstall
“Gangsters Are Running This World” – Purple Version
“Isolation”
“The Clapping Song”
“Outsider”
“Foreign Sand” – English Mix
“Journey’s End”

Roger Taylor has some planned U.K. tour dates for October, as well:

10/2 – Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy
10/3 – Manchester, UK – Academy
10/5 – York, UK – Barbican
10/6 – Cardiff, UK – St. David’s Hall
10/8 – Liverpool, UK – O2 Academy
10/9 – Norwich, UK – University East Anglia (Uea)
10/11 – Bath, UK – Forum
10/12 – Bournemouth, UK – O2 Academy
10/14 – Plymouth, UK – Pavilions
10/15 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
10/17 – Bexhill, UK – De La Warr Pavilion
10/19 – Guildford, UK – G Live
10/20 – Coventry, UK – HMV Empire
10/22 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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