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The verse are duets between Taylor and Mercury, and the chorus is sung by both."Put Out the Fire" is an anti-firearm song written by May, with lead vocals by Mercury, with May singing lead vocals in falsetto at the end of each verse.
Beginning with The Game, Queen began using Oberheim OB-X synthesisers on their songs ("Play the Game" and "Save Me" are examples), and continued to do so.On Hot Space the band went even further, introducing the drum machine for the first time.A departure from their trademark seventies sound, most of Hot Space is a mixture of rhythm and blues, funk, dance and disco – while the "rock" songs continued in a pop-rock direction similar to their previous album (an exception is the song "Put Out the Fire").A new video was also produced for the accompanying video compilation, featuring a live performance of the song intercut with footage of fire and explosions.
Mercury wrote "Life Is Real" as a tribute to John Lennon, whose murder in 1980 had also previously prompted the band to perform his song "Imagine" on tour.
Taylor composed "Calling All Girls" on guitar, and played the feedback noises during the song's break.