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Posted: 27 May 10, 22:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The lyrics to Queen's 1989 single "The Invisible Man" are forthright. Freddie Mercury is an invisible man, QED. The music video is more ambiguous; a supernaturally powered Queen holds an unwitting family hostage. It's like Tron meets Ghostbusters, only better.

How awesome is the music video for "The Invisible Man"? Let's just say that if there was a machine that could quantify awesomeness, this machine would be built of dinosaur bones and powered by the inchoate yalps of happy babies. Here's the music video - we'll dissect its scenes and themes below.

The video opens with a bolt of lightning striking a nondescript suburban home. This symbol has two possible meanings - A.) it's a usage of the common science fiction trope that lightning = artificial life, à la Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or B.) it designates Freddie Mercury as the monster depicted in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. I'm not sure which.

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Posted: 27 May 10, 23:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

its a terrible video and verges on predatory with that little cody simpson look a like that the band are stalking...

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Posted: 28 May 10, 02:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think the video is great all 4 members look great as well especially Freddie with his green glasses

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Posted: 28 May 10, 08:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If you think The Invisible Man is sci fi, Calling All Girls will make your brain explode.

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Posted: 28 May 10, 09:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've always suspected this 1985 vid might have been an inspiration for the Invisible Man vid...



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Posted: 28 May 10, 17:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's one of their most dated videos, although I like it because I'm biased and just love to watch Freddie strutting his stuff!
Not a fan of the green glasses to be honest.

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Posted: 28 May 10, 17:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

n o .

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Posted: 28 May 10, 18:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

who gives a toss?????????????????????????


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Posted: 28 May 10, 20:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

cool video,  weak song from roger.

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Posted: 29 May 10, 07:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

they're clearly having fun in the video, and ,since it was filmed on Roger's birthday, imagine the backstage :D

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Posted: 29 May 10, 13:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

always liked the video, always disliked the song.

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Posted: 29 May 10, 14:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

no.

Muse - Knights of Cydonia.... brilliant!

And besides Invisible man i think Radio GaGa would be a bit overlooked as a sci-fi video. It's based on one of the first sci-fi movies. a classic


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Posted: 30 May 10, 13:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

GratefulFan wrote: I've always suspected this 1985 vid might have been an inspiration for the Invisible Man vid...

Ha!  Kim Mitchell.

He was awesome, especially with Max Webster.  He's an afternoon radio DJ now in Toronto (Q107)

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Posted: 30 May 10, 15:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

muse to good videos? no thanks, i am hooked on their music to the moment but their videos are terrible

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Posted: 30 May 10, 18:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Amazing.  I love it when people have heard of Max Webster.  As far as I'm concerned, they're the second-best Canadian band ever, next to Rush.  Max Webster was like Frank Zappa, but accessible.  What a bloody shame they never got their due.


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Posted: 30 May 10, 18:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Let Go the Line, Diamonds Diamonds and Paradise Skies get pretty regular radio play.  But overall, yeah, Max Webster didn't really get their due.  I remember a friend almost playing the grooves off High Class in Borrowed Shoes in the summer of '83. 



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Posted: 30 May 10, 18:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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