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Posted: 08 Nov 04, 08:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Does anybody knows when and where 'Days Of Our Lives' video was shown on TV for the first time?

The video was filmed at May 1991 and Brian's footages came later, but anyway - Queen usually filmed a video only for accompanying of single release, except 'Calling All Girls' and 'Princes Of The Universe'.

(CAG was released as single in USA, but I don't mention any oustide of UK single releases - but anyway it could be done for Americans, though it didn't help for chart success, after the 'Body Language' and 'Radio Ga Ga' Top-20 entrances the USA fans were happy about Queen only with Wayne's World 'Bo Rhap'. POTU could be just a part of promotional company for 'Highlander' movie, though again in some countries song was released as single, but I'm not sure Queen could do video for any single releases anywhere, otherwise they had to do 'Jealousy' video for Russian single release :-)

So I'm interesting if the video was filmed for proper single release (but single was released anyway after Freddie's death mostly as a tribute to him and even 'The Show Must Go On' was released earlier) and had to wait sometime in 'the video archive'. 'Days of our lives' was released as promo single in USA before Freddie's death, so maybe that is the answer. Or it was just situation when Freddie was able to film something and they did it without any goals to release song as a single.

P.S. Please don't reply with 'Everything I know about this: it was last Freddie's video', 'Wow! His waistcoat has images of his cats!' etc., I am not newbie!

P.P.S. And for God's sake don't judge me for my questions and for my wish to know perfect and exact answer (well if it's possible): yes, I really would like to know things I ask, someone's interesting was Freddie gay or bi, someone's what is the best Queen song, and I want to know about things I ask. And thanks for being patient of my bad English.

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Posted: 08 Nov 04, 08:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was shown in the Uk at the end of a Tribute To Freddie show on BBC1 shortly after his death. There were a lot of shocked fans when that was shown! Shocked, but proud!


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Posted: 08 Nov 04, 08:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

So it means that the video has never been shown when Freddie was alive?

P.S. Yes, when I watch it I always think how professional and brave was Freddie filmed there!

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Posted: 08 Nov 04, 08:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And the remarkable thing about it was the "tribute" version has none of the "masking" with animation that the final single promo version had. In my view that makes it much better.


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Posted: 08 Nov 04, 08:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Martin Packer wrote:

And the remarkable thing about it was the "tribute" version has none of the "masking" with animation that the final single promo version had. In my view that makes it much better.


I agree, Martin. Disney's version loses a little bit its sad mood of the song. With 'Save Me' it was okay, but 'Days Of Our Lives' is better without animation.

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Posted: 08 Nov 04, 08:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Right, and what was the "thrust" of the animation? I can't see how it relates to the song. If it did it probably distracted from the true message (whatever Roger intended that to be). :-)


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Posted: 08 Nov 04, 09:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

All I know is it was Freddie's last appearance on Video ;-)


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Posted: 08 Nov 04, 09:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree. The version without animation is far superior. It's just the band, As it should have been. Kind of a final hurrah. Besides that, Who needs animation when they can be watching Queen? ;)


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Posted: 08 Nov 04, 09:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Martin Packer wrote:

Right, and what was the "thrust" of the animation? I can't see how it relates to the song. If it did it probably distracted from the true message (whatever Roger intended that to be). :-)


Walt Disney Co as well as Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Records are parts of one corporation - that is where the idea came from - to use some famous USA trademarks for the best promotion, I suppose.

But I preffer Disney to do something else than animate Queen videos!

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Posted: 08 Nov 04, 09:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color="red">Queen23 wrote:

Where can you find the non-animated version of the video?


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'Champions of the world' contains a lot of non-animate snippets as well.

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Posted: 08 Nov 04, 15:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

For a long time I did not like the Disney version at all. But a few weeks ago I realized there is a certain thing with the animated video:

There every member of the band is shown singing a few words of the lyrics. That is not shown in the pure black n white video. there however, every member is smiling into the camera. These smiles are not featured on the Disney video...

Also, the animations somehow are adequate for the lyrics. Take for example the line "sit back and go with the flow!". There you can see the guy sitting in a chair, which is flying through space... It somehow matches.


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Posted: 08 Nov 04, 15:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Scirocco1977, it's high-class professional and goes okay for an ordinary video, but when you know that it's very special for all Queen fans video you don't want to mess footages with animation.

That's something what I like for 'I'm Going Slightly Mad' - no computer graphics, no special effects - it makes a right mood for the song, so the tragedy that is in 'Days of our lives' - tragedy of Freddie's last months - don't have to be covered by animation, IMHO.

Philipp, thanks for the correct and info. So it seems as video was shown before Freddie's death.
But actually there was promo-release on CD of Days of our lives.

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Posted: 08 Nov 04, 16:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree with you Sergey. All I wanted to say is that the disney version offers footage which is not shown in the other version. I also don't like the animations. It does not fit into the goodbye message... It is simply made up.


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Posted: 09 Nov 04, 08:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Philipp Nothaft wrote:

I know that there are two US promo CDs of TADOOL, but your first post made it look as if there wasn't any commercial release connected to them.


Oh yeah, you're right. Sorry for misunderstanding!

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Posted: 09 Nov 04, 14:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Saw it on German TV in December '91.
The Disney Version. I saw the non Disney version
for the first tome in April 92.


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Posted: 09 Nov 04, 15:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's a nice video and a nice song. however I like the Disney version much better. I think it's frightning to see Fred in such a bad state, and I thnik it was very strong of to do it.

By The Way it's ThomasQuinn favorite clip, not that that would be of any value to you but I mean his name should have been called in this topic (No I'm not drunk, and yes I wish I would so I had an explanation for this behavour)


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Posted: 09 Nov 04, 16:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color="crimson"><b>ThomasQuinn</b> wrote:

I really like the mood of the Disney version. I find the animations capture the melancholic feel of the song better still than the non-animated one.


Yes, Thomas, I understand what you mean.

IMO, it goes okay for the song and for the feel of it, as you said, but if you watch it as a last Freddie's video (well, and Queen's too... I'm not a fan of all those MIH films and DoRo videos, except NOBY) it's better without animation. It's like Freddie's saying his last goodbye to fans, so it has to be clear.

Thank you all for your replies and for some info!

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Posted: 09 Nov 04, 16:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Don't think I've seen the one with the animations in. Any good?


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Posted: 09 Nov 04, 16:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

brian_may_wannabe wrote:

Don't think I've seen the one with the animations in. Any good?


Some additional footages. Animation is in 'Save Me' style.

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Posted: 13 Nov 04, 01:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Philipp Nothaft wrote:

Both CAG and POTU WERE primarily filmed for their respective single releases in the US.

Similar to Headlong, the US-release of TADOOL (in wasn't a promo-only release. The cassette was commercially available, released in August 1991, I think) came quite a while before its European release
The TADOOL-vid in its animated form was - on the short term - most probably produced for the US-market. Alas, I don't know when it was shown on US TV for the first time.





Some of it was shown at the end of the Queen The Days of Our Lives doscumentary shown on US TV in the summer of 1991. The documentary was narrated by Axl Rose. Before the show ended, there was a tag for the re-release of Queen's catalog on Hollywood Records. Hollywood was co-owned by Disney and Elektra in the US and Canada then Hollywood switched distribution rights to PolyGram in the US and A&M/PolyGram in 1995 and lastly Universal in 1999.


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