The glossy, campy video will be included on the upcoming “Never Boring” solo box set.
The video for Freddie Mercury's "Living On My Own" solo single has never looked like this before. In advance of the Oct. 11 release of the Never Boring solo box set, Hollywood Records dropped a newly remixed, 4K video version of one of the late Queen singer's most legendarily over-the-top videos, re-created from the original raw footage shot during a blow-out 39th birthday party Freddie threw for himself at Munich, Germany's legendary Mrs Henderson transvestite club.
The party, which took place two months after Queen famously stole the show during the global Live Aid charity concerts, is depicted in the high camp video for the single from Mercury's 1985 Mr. Bad Guy solo album. According to a statement announcing the video's re-release, among the 300 invited guests were the singer's ex-girlfriend Mary Austin and longtime lover, Jim Hutton, Queen guitarist Brian May and former manager John Reid, Culture Club's Boy George, Visage singer Steve Strange, and "a colorful Munich coterie of entertainers, singers and cross dressers with famous paparazzi photographer Richard Young dressed in full drag taking the photos."
The video was shot using a ceiling-mounted 35mm camera throughout the night as 300 of Mercury's friends partied wearing mandatory black-and-white drag in footage shot by Austrian director Rudi Dolezal that so shocked the singer's then-label boss Walter Yetnikoff that he banned it from being shown on television due to "perceived promiscuity." The video was shelved and the song stalled out on the charts, but later hit No. 1 in 1993 when it was released with the "No More Brothers" remix.
The clip has been reborn in HD with enhanced sound and the joy is palpable. The clip finds Mercury, decked out in harlequin tights and a gold-tasseled military jacket, playing host to a menagerie of pals living it up under the club's lights, grinning as his eyes eerily glow red, getting a champagne flute to the face and harmonizing on the song's scat-singing chorus amid a pile of queens.
The first-ever comprehensive collection of Mercury's solo material, Never Boring is a 5-disc set with a selection of Freddie's songs, videos and spoken words compiled and produced by Queen's longtime sound team of Justin Shirley-Smith, Kirs Fredriksson and Joshua J. Macrae. Spread across three CDs containing 32 songs, a Blu-ray and DVD with 13 videos and interviews, the package also includes a 120-page hardback book with many rare and unpublished photos, along with thoughts and quotes from the beloved singer who died on Nov. 24, 1991 at age 45.
Watch the video below.