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. link
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)
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.
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.