Back in 1984, Roger Taylor wrote a No 1 hit for Queen in Radio Ga Ga, which featured on the band’s album The Works. This week’s Queen the Greatest episode is about the catchy song. The track and the music video received a lot of love, but there was also some criticism from the media.
John Deacon shares in archive footage: “In early days it was Brian and Freddie that really wrote most of the material. But over the past five years Roger and I started to contribute more.”
Freddie Mercury stated: “I believe the time has arrived where we actually in songwriting are actually totally even.”
Roger will create something similar to Radio Ga Ga and it’s amazing.”
Felix, the young boy who was visiting Queen’s drummer at the time, inspired him to create this song.
Roger said that Roger was able to recall: “He kind of went ‘Ah Radio Ka Ka’ because he is half French. So I thought “That’s very nice.” It’s obvious.
“I put together the backing track and presented it to Freddie, who loved it.”
Radio Ga Ga soared to the top of the charts, and Queen began work on their MTV Generation music video inspired by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.
According to the drummer, “We created a great video that we worked hard on. The whole thing felt great and felt right for its time. It felt different. It felt modern and fresh.
Brian May stated: “When the chorus is over, you can get a hand-clap.
It was repeated on the recording electronically and sounds almost like a double handclap. Mallet took it in his stride and turned it into a double handclap by the audience. It became ….
It was one of the first major proofs of TV’s power. This was the first time that we showed it to non-Queen viewers at Live Aid. Everyone knew exactly what to do, which was quite remarkable.
Queen the Greatest’s next episode will focus on Freddie Mercury’s Ay-Oh.
Publiated Fri, 10 Sep 2021 11:00 – 0000