Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #258: 160914
[Song with a good video (7)]
Though some artists had made video clips to accompany songs (including Queen themselves,it was only after the success of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in October 1975 that it became regular practice for record companies to produce promotional videos for artists’ single releases. These videos could then be shown on television shows, such as the BBC’s Top of the Pops, without the need for the artist to appear in person. A promo video also allowed the artist to have their music broadcast and accompanied by their own choice of visuals, rather than dancers such as Pan’s People (Top of the Pops).
According to Brian May, the video was produced so that the band could avoid miming on Top of the Pops, since they would have looked off miming to such a complex song. He also said that the band knew they would be set to appear at Dundee’s Caird Hall on tour and unable to appear on the programme anyway. The video has been hailed as launching the MTV age.