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Queen drummer Roger Taylor wrote this song. When it charted, all 4 members of the group had written at least one Top-10 hit.
Taylor wrote this 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.
Taylor claimed 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.
The video is based on the 1926 movie Metropolis, directed by Fritz Lang. Queen had to pay the German government to use clips of it in the video.
An extended version was released as a 12" single at the same time.
Originally, this was "Radio Ca-Ca," but the rest of the group objected and asked Taylor for a re-write. As a result, it went from a song condemning radio ("Ca-Ca") to praising it ("Ga Ga").
Queen stole the show at Live-Aid, when Freddie Mercury, battling laryngitis, got everybody in Wembly Stadium singing the chorus of this. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 2)
The extras in the video got the clapping sequence right on the first try, but it took practice for the members of Queen to get it down. (thanks, Jonathon - Clermont, FL)
The rock band Electric Six recorded this on their 2005 album Señor Smoke. In the video, their lead singer Dick Valentine is shown as the ghost of Freddie Mercury appearing in front of his grave. (thanks, Logan - Troy, MT)
The New York dance pop shock artist Lady Gaga took her name from this song.
Rupert crafted hits for Tina Turner, Howard Jones and The Fixx.
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