In the early 1980's MTV was still quite young, though becoming incredibly popular, and many musicians, whilst understanding the need to create video masterpieces to accompany their songs, were concerned about the pictures becoming more important than the audio.
Ironically, the Radio Ga Ga video became a staple on MTV, in 1984. It was nominated for an MTV Video Award later that year.
Roger Taylor said. “That's part of what the song's about, really. The fact that they, (music videos) seem to be taking over, almost from the aural side. The visual side seems, almost to be more important.”
The song makes reference to two iconic radio events of the 20th century: Orson Welles' 1938broadcast of H.G Wells'War Of The Worlds, in the lyric, “Through wars of worlds – invaded by Mars.”
The second important radio announcement that is mentioned in the song, Radio Ga Ga, is Winston Churchill's This was their finest hour speech, from the House of Commons, on 18th June 1940.
The lyric which refers to the speech is “You've yet to have your finest hour.”
American singer, Lady Gaga, stated that she adored Freddy Mercury and credits her stage name to the song Radio Ga Ga.
In May 2002, a new musical show, We Will Rock You, opened at the Dominion Theatre, London.
The show, based on the music of Queen with a story by Ben Elton and choreographed by Arlene Phillips, became an audience favourite, although critics didn't initially give it good reviews.
WeWillRockYou.jpgRadio Ga Ga is one of the many, much loved, Queen songs that feature in the musical. It is a tale of life in the future, where Rock music has been almost forgotten.
We Will RockYou has successfully toured the world but in London, sadly, the show is due to end it's run on 31st May 2014.
However, I'm sure that the music of Queen will live forever, and in particular, gems like Radio Ga Ga.