Queen – The Invisible Man
I always liked the song “the Invisible Man”. Queen’s fans love it also because it’s the only song that contains the names of hte band members, just like they do in the live performances. It’s really a great song, of course with a fantastic video!
Lyrics talk about being invisible to the eye but able to see through people and their feelings. Some say that being invisible is related to Freddie Mercury’s health conditions. The signs of his disease started to be visible in 1989 (this song was released as a single in August 1989, two months after “Breakthru” and three after “I want it all“).
Actually the song was composed by Roger Taylor some time before, so it’s unrealistic that he was referring to Freddie Mercury. Taylor always declared that he got the inspiration for this song in his bathtub, while reading “The Invisible Man” by H. G. Wells.
The video is fantastic, especially for those like me who in the 80s were passionate gamers, of course considering the level of technology at those times. Guys today are accustomed to high level graphics and advanced computing power, but 80’s videogames were really miracles of coding, and we really spent the nights with them.
This videogame is a little bit weird: Queen are the characters, and at a certain point they get out of the game into reality. It’s a videogame in complete 80s style, with letter fonts coming from the movie “Tron”, graphics with 8-color sprites, and so on.
Why do Queen get out of the game? I think this is not the right question! As every gamer knows, when you are deep into a game, it’s actually you entering the game! The border between reality and game gets quite blurry. People see us living in our physical life, we are actually in the game, thinking about how to pass a level, how to kill an enemy, or where to fine the item that will save our life!!!
You know what? I feel like playing another game! But did you prefer the ZX Spectrum or the Commodore 64?
The Queen on Wikipedia