23rd of November 1983 – Queen spends a second day of three, filming ‘Radio GaGa’ promo video @ Shepperton Studios, London. David Mallet directed the promo. Today, 500 fans from Queen’s exclusive fan club were invited as extras!

The video for the track has since become a firm favourite among both casual and diehard fans alike, and was one of the most expensive Queen ever made. At a cost of more than £110,000, the epic piece was shot by David Mallet and paid homage to Fritz Lang’s 1926 expressionist masterpiece Metropolis.

At the time, famed disco producer Georgio Moroder was reworking what footage still survived of the heavily damaged film (its distributors had edited the film and much of the excised footage was lost until a chance rediscovery of sections of it less than a decade prior), and adding colour filters and a contemporary score – which Freddie had agreed to contribute to.

The ‘Radio Ga Ga’ promo included different scenes from Metropolis, and the rights to these were bought by the band and Jim Beach directly from the German government.

Much of the rest of the video used sets loosely based on those in the film: the machine the film’s hero Freder operates, for example, was recreated in vibrant colours for Freddie to work.

David Mallet turned to members of the fan club, who once again found the required number (500) of more than willing fans at incredibly short notice. The fans became the faceless workers who put on white boiler suits, which were then sprayed with silver paint. They were assembled in regimental rows to await for the arrival of the band. Once Queen arrived, the fans had to stand in line, before the band, their heads bowed, clapping their hands in a manner now familiar to every hardened Queen fan (particularly those who would later perform the same move whenever the band perform the song on tour). They were troopers and spent the whole day on the 23rd November under very hot lights at Shepperton Studios in London

They only took a short break for lunch. Yet as ever, the fans were on top form, and outshone the band, who kept forgetting their timing!

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