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Queen: Radio Ga Ga (1984)

Queen's video to their classic 1980s song "Radio Ga Ga", which pays homage to Metropolis (1927), features clips from previous Queen videos and introduced the iconic hand-clapping audience participation.

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David Mallet's music video for the song features scenes from Fritz Lang's 1927 German expressionist science fiction film Metropolis and was filmed at Carlton TV Studios and Shepperton Studios, London, in November 1983. It features the band in a car flying over the title city, and later performing the song in front of the city's working class. Freddie Mercury's solo song "Love Kills" was used in Giorgio Moroder's restored version of the film, and in exchange Queen were granted the rights to use footage from it in their "Radio Ga Ga" video. However, Queen had to buy performance rights to the film from the communist East German government, which was the copyright holder at the time. At the end of the music video, the words "Thanks To Metropolis" appear. The video also features footage from earlier Queen promo videos. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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January 1984 (UK) See more »

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor has made a live-cover of this single at the Al Murray's Happy Hour, on ITV. See more »

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Queen + Metropolis = Perfect match
3 April 2018 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

Oh the sheer geniality of this one is beyond anything I've ever seen and hasn't been totally equaled (ok, "Smashing Pumpkins: Tonight, Tonight" gets quite near). But Mr. David Mallet's video alligned with the spectacular Queen plus Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" as a major influence and basis was of pure delight, fantasy and uncontrolled paralels. One of Queen's favorite moments both visual and sonorous, "Radio Ga Ga" demonstrated the impact a music video has on audiences, with heavy rotation on MTV next thing you know is that a whole crowd is doing the "All we hear is...Radio Ga Ga" routine clapping hands while Freddie Mercury commands his fans and followers. For those moments, he controlled audiences just by doing his magic used in the clip...just like the masters who control the city of "Metropolis". This whole previous paragraph should be enough to make you watch and rewatch the video. A tribute to one of the greatest sci-fi flicks of all time (another that wasn't topped yet in terms in becoming a reality since we still don't have flying cars or robots controlling our lives...but soon!), "Radio Ga Ga" is also a nostalgic view on the power of radio and how someday it would lose space when new technologies surface (Roger Taylor's lyrics are no longer a prediction, it's a stated fact), and also a bitter critique on how the visuals were becoming more important that what we used to imagine with the power of radio, the first magical media that allowed us to create scenarios through the songs, the plays and soap opera presented on the radio. Irony of ironies is that the video was so effective in mixing this duality between image and sound yet it become a major thing of which fans associated the band with. Maybe not entirely an irony, possibly they were proving a theory that was a real fact. But one may wonder: why "Metropolis" for such a song? Well, the music surely reflects the future just like Lang's movie did with its electronic sounds, a highly conscious concept - let's not forget that Queen and Giorgio Moroder developed a new soundtrack for "Metropolis" at that same time. It's not just images of the film, Mercury and gang intertwined with the film...there's also room for imagination, actors who play nostalgic characters who are fond of the past with a radio behind them while looking a nostalgic pictures from the past (which are Queen's old clips like "Bohemian Rhapsody and others) at the same time they wear gas masks cause the air is unfit to breathe anymore and another nuclear attack may happen at any moment - could it be a nod to the Cold War era and the paranoia of facing a possible fall of an atomic bomb? See, past, present and future are all tied together here, making of it this clip one of Queen's most thoughtful moments along with "Under Pressure". Well, someone here still loves this clip. 10/10


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