The song was also issued as a single in the US in November 1982. Mardin's contributions were recorded at Record Plant Studios in New York.
The original demo of the track featured a guitar instead of horns.
"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.
May recorded its guitar solo under the influence of alcohol (after many unsuccessful attempts).
"Action This Day" takes its title from a Winston Churchill catchphrase that the statesman would attach to urgent documents, and recapitulates the theme of social awareness that Taylor espoused in many of his songs.
It is also one of the few Mercury songs whose lyrics were written before the music ("Killer Queen" being another).
The title may be a reference to the lyric 'love is real', from Lennon's 1970 song "Love", or the line 'nothing is real', from The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever".
It begins with three bell-like piano notes, meant to recall the opening bells in Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over", and "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)".
Also, the first two words, 'Guilt stains...' are virtually identical interval-wise (though in a different key) to Lennon's first two notes in his song, "Mother".
It was also played on Queen's The Works Tour, albeit less frequently than on the Hot Space Tour.