Over here at Word Is Cheap we don’t pretend to be art experts but we do know what we like, and we like Phaedra Peer. She plays off of pop culture so of course we like it. Although she’s more of a live-version kinda gal it’s this kind of modern art that would fit right in in many a modern music video. With such a modern style in her paintings it’s refreshing to see Phaedra pick a retro video. With her next exhibition in February, you can check her work over at Saatchi Art here.
First though enjoy Phaedra’s thoughts on her favourite video:
Filmed in the garden of Rodgers Taylors country house, against a snowy backdrop so idyllic you could be forgiven for mistaking it for a Christmas card, comes one of my favourite videos from my all time favourite band.
Amidst the new energy of 70s punk this song is stripped back and returns to rock roots, something that is reflected in this simplistic and effective video.
It’s fitting of a song that huge success is in no way accredited to the use of any bells or whistles. Literally speaking the tempo is actually composed using a repetitive motif of stomps and claps. Noticeably absent in such a rock classic is the addition of any drums.
Its memorable two stomp/one clap motif has been used by sports arenas around the world for decades as a rallying cry for the home team, which would probably have Freddy Mercury turning in his grave, but the anthem was just that catchy.
The whole song is an epic build up to brians classic guitar solo which he absolutely smashes in true 70s rock and roll style.
If the laid back nature of the music vid isn’t captivating enough for you have a lol at the disaster that is John Deacon dicking around in the back, singularly missing the beat on every single clap he tries to partake in. How can such talent have no rhythm whatsoever?
In summary this video is fresh and relatable and a stark contrast to the larger than life decorated super god that was Freddy Mercury. Its right up my street as actually, I tend to shun music videos for the more candid live concert versions of any song, as I find them a more refreshing depiction. This video encapsulates the raw talent and charisma of the band in a sweetly sincere setting
And Freddy, babe, those glasses are fierce!