memorable and controversial video (which was banned by MTV in the U.S.
until 1991) was a parody of UK soap opera Coronation Street. All of the
band members dressed in drag.
Lead singer Freddie Mercury's character
was based on Bet Lynch and Brian May's character was based on Hilda Odgen!
The video also features a piece with the Royal Ballet, for which Freddie
Mercury shaved his trademark moustache to portray Nijinsky, although he
had kept it for the parody part of the video.
I Want to Break Free featured on Queen's 1984 album The Works, reaching number 3 in the UK, and remained in the chart for
fifteen consecutive weeks.
Smash Hits sticker from 1989