The Time Freddie Mercury Needed A Cheat Sheet For His Own Lyrics
Late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is often regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music thanks to his four-octave vocal range, flamboyant stage persona, and his highly theatrical style. In addition to his exceptional music career that spanned over two decades, Mercury always stood out with his one-of-a-kind character, especially with his humorous actions and goofy personality.
Throughout Queen’s career, the band released countless monumental songs that hold a special place in every rock fan’s heart including ‘Killer Queen,’ ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love, ‘ and last but not least, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’
While it’s impossible to name every legendary track of the band, the favorite Queen songs list without a doubt also has ‘Radio Gaga‘ in it. Queen first released ‘Radio Gaga‘ as a single in January 1984, and was featured on the band’s eleventh studio album, ‘The Works.’ The song achieved worldwide success and reached No. 1 in 19 countries and was featured in all of Queen’s setlists.
There’s no doubt that ‘Radio Gaga,’ written by drummer Roger Taylor, is one of the most special tracks of Queen and the music video for the song is equally extraordinary. While the music video is a fans’ favorite with its unique concept, the behind-the-making scenes of the video also include sincere footage of the four members having fun together. There’s a hilarious moment when Freddie Mercury forgets his own lyrics during the making of the video and uses a cheat sheet.
Queen Made A Science Fiction Music Video For ‘Radio Gaga’
The music video for ‘Radio Gaga’ was directed by famous British director David Mallet and it featured scenes from the 1927 science fiction movie, ‘Metropolis.’ The video was filmed at Carlton TV Studios and Shepperton Studios, London, and took incredibly long between 24 November 1983 and January 1984.
The monumental music video also features footage from earlier Queen promo videos and the band thanked the movie ‘Metropolis’ at the end of the music video, in which members dressed as futuristic characters. The video on the band’s official YouTube channel has more than 250 million views as of today and many fans praise the effort and time that was put in the making of this exceptional music video.
Freddie Mercury Forgot The Lyrics Of ‘Radio Gaga’ While Filming
Fortunately for the fans, there’s a priceless behind-the-scenes video for the music video of ‘Radio Gaga’ in which all the band members of Queen can be seen having conversations about their vision on the video while they are wearing matching red outfits for the concept. There are many scenes that Queen fans fell for due to the adorable connection between all members, as they joke around and look like they are having the best time of their lives.
There was one scene in which Queen members are sitting on a car prop and Freddie Mercury is supposed to be lip-syncing to the lyrics of the song. At the beginning of his lyrics, Freddie tries to take one last look at his cheat sheet and starts off pretty confident. However, the singer later forgets his own lyrics and even his sheet doesn’t help him out. After realizing that won’t be able to finish the scene, his hilarious facial expressions crack everyone up, leaving a beautiful memory behind.
You can watch the making and the music video for ‘Radio Gaga’ below.