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Posted: 10 Jun 19, 16:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I really liked the song It's A Hard Life but I agree with Roger the music video isn't as good as many of Queen's videos.

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Posted: 10 Jun 19, 17:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

One of their best videos imo

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Posted: 10 Jun 19, 17:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Love the video and everything in it. Roger hated most videos I think because he just didn't like the hassle of making them. I seem to remember he was stupidly drunk for Who Wants To Live Forever.

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Posted: 10 Jun 19, 17:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Didn't like the extras. Roger and John's expressions in that one scene tho...

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Posted: 10 Jun 19, 19:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love the song, I like the video except for Freddie's costume, it was too big for him...

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Posted: 10 Jun 19, 21:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

there's no reason for it...

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Posted: 11 Jun 19, 05:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's kind of ironic how Roger supposedly hated acting in music videos, but then you look at the Strange Frontier video....

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Posted: 11 Jun 19, 07:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That's because he thinks being (a) outwardly hostile to the machine is cool (and, yes, it gives funny interviews) but deep down he's a professional and knows to play the (b) media game when necessary as much as anyone.

Which also means that his 'negative' interview persona in point a is actually a nurtured part of his public persona as dictated by b.

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Posted: 11 Jun 19, 07:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think he knows very well how to use the media to his advantage...after all he is a seasoned professional. But he doesn't like the media, especially in terms of their invasion of privacy and fake news generation

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Posted: 11 Jun 19, 07:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Its rather beautifully lit as Roger says otherwise they were badly advises to issue the video, especially for the MTV USA market

What WERE they thinking???

A simple.performance video lile Play the Game would have been cheaper and better imho

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Posted: 11 Jun 19, 08:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was the 80s - the world was still going crazy for New Romantics, Boy George and Adam & The Ants (the Prince Charming video is similar in vibe) so I doubt anyone thought 'this is a bit much for America'.

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Posted: 11 Jun 19, 08:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Although probably more that as you say the 'butch' band was now in tights and wigs rather than being butch on a stage

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Posted: 11 Jun 19, 09:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I like both the song and the video. Also The Killers created a video that have been influenced by It's a hard life.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Hc16Y9fiCvQ

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Posted: 11 Jun 19, 12:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

lol

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Posted: 11 Jun 19, 12:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

oh you're serious

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Posted: 11 Jun 19, 12:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No wait I can't tell

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Posted: 11 Jun 19, 15:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

One of my favourite videos, i really like that kind of theatrical-operetta game reminiscences

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Posted: 11 Jun 19, 16:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Radio GaGa, I Want To Break Free and It's A Hard Life were all big budget and big production videos as were the videos for Freddie's solo career at the time. Hammer To Fall looks simpler because it a part live and part "staged live shoot" but still required the use of the venue, crew and equipment to film it.

As has been pointed out this was the decade of lavish video production geared to tv presentation of music at the time, if the budget allowed.

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Posted: 11 Jun 19, 20:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i hated it - excellent song over the top but misguided video... as bad as the invisible man.

but for every hard life and invisible man, there`s a radio ga ga and breakthru to more than make up for it.

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Posted: 11 Jun 19, 20:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Radio ga ga and breakthru aren't over the top?? They're in fucking spaceship and on train respectively in those!