23 January 1984, Queen’s classic hit single, “Radio Ga Ga” was released in the UK, it was also the first single with Queen’s own catalogue number. The single is included on Queens eleventh, forthcoming studio album, “The Works.”

Roger Taylor wrote Radio Ga Ga as a critique of radio stations, which were becoming commercialized and playing the same songs over and over (and this was before radio was deregulated, allowing companies to own multiple stations in a market, resulting in more corporate ownership, less competition and generally bad radio). He claimed that he was inspired to write this after watching MTV. He noticed that lots of kids were watching the channel instead of listening to the radio.

Originally, this was “Radio Ca-Ca,” which was something Roger Taylor’s part-French son Felix exclaimed one day in trying to say the radio was bad (“radio, CACA!). The phrase stuck with Taylor and inspired the anti-commercial radio themes in the lyrics……

“Brian and I used to be the principal writers, now I think that we all write the same, so there’s a good, there’s a good fight right at the start and we just basically come up with our own ideas and present it to each other and just say OK, what do you think, and then the fighting starts, and if we don’t like it we just say, or you know, I seem to have more, I seem to participate more on say John’s or Roger’s tracks, I mean they let me help them and suggest more things. Brian’s got his own sort of writing ideas, and they’re very strong to start with anyway, so I mean he’s just, I don’t seem to be able to get into his ideas so much, but in a way that’s quite good, I’d rather leave it to him, and it doesn’t mean I just stay out of it altogether, I let him sort of do a lot of it, whereas, whereas with John’s songs or Roger’s songs, I mean I sort of get in there at quite an early stage and they sort of, you know, they don’t mind me sort of tearing it apart and sort of piecing it back together again

Mary Turner: Lyrically speaking, you mean?

Freddie: Every, every way. Yeah, sometimes I take, sometimes I take the whole song over, like, well I don’t mind saying it, it’s like ‘Radio Ga Ga’, I just instantly felt that there was something, there was going to be something, you know, it could build, that could, you could build that into a really good, a strong saleable commodity, and I think Roger was just thinking of it as just another track on an album, and I just said no I think it needs, so I virtually took it over, and I sent him on a, he went on a holiday, a skiing holiday for about a week and came back and I virtually, but it’s basically his song, you know, he had the ideas there together and I just, I just felt that there was, you know, some construction elements in there that were wrong to start with, and he just said OK you do what you want

Mary: That’s the first biggie for Roger, isn’t it, isn’t it, his first hit?

Freddie: Yeah, yeah, yeah, oh, definitely yeah, he wanted that very badly, and I think he, he deserves it, yeah, it’s a big hit in the Europe, in Europe and places.

Freddie Mercury 1984 interview with Mary Turner

American pop singer Lady Gaga credits her stage name to this song. She stated: “I adored Freddie Mercury and Queen and they had a hit called Radio Gaga. That’s why I love the name. Freddie was unique – one of the biggest personalities in the whole of pop/rock music. He was not only a singer but also a fantastic performer, a man of the theatre and someone who constantly transformed himself.”

Everything is iconic about this hit song, especially the infectious hand clap

Here’s the video 👉 https://youtu.be/azdwsXLmrHE