Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody…Epic Rock Songs Week

This made a huge comeback courtesy of Waynes World in 1991. In the eighties my buddies would pile into my Mustang and turn this song up to 11. We loved to see people’s reactions…so when I saw it in Wayne’s World…. in their car I had to laugh…but we didn’t have a Pacer though.

So many overdubs took place that the tape was virtually a transparent. All the oxide had been rubbed off. They  hurriedly made a copy so they could preserve what they had already. They were working with a 24 track machine but they still had to bounce tracks. They used `180 overdubs… The song took 3 weeks to record. The song was on A Night At The Opera album.

The song reminds me of Good Vibrations and A Day In The Life…short melodies combined together to make one whole. The song was so different in 1975 and it’s so different today…it still holds up.

The song peaked at #1 in the UK in 1975…#9 in the  Billboard 100, #1 in Canada,  and #1 in New Zealand in 1976.

With Wayne’s World help it re-charted. #1 in the UK in 1991. #2 in the Billboard 100, #18 in Canada, and #16 in New Zealand in 1992.

Again because of the movie it re-charted… #33 in the Billboard 100, #25 in Canada, #45 in the UK, and #20 in New Zealand in 2018-19.

Bohemian Rhapsody” had reached the Top 40 in three different decades (’70s, ’90s and ’10s).

The video was directed by Bruce Gowers, the video was shot in three hours for £3,500 at the band’s rehearsal space. Gowers got the gig because he was one of the few people who had experience working on music videos…he ran a camera on a few Beatles promotional clips, including the one for “Paperback Writer.”

Brian May: “That was a great moment, but the biggest thrill for us was actually creating the music in the first place. I remember Freddie coming in with loads of bits of paper from his dad’s work, like Post-it notes, and pounding on the piano. He played the piano like most people play the drums. And this song he had was full of gaps where he explained that something operatic would happen here and so on. He’d worked out the harmonies in his head.”

From Songfacts

Freddie Mercury wrote the lyrics, and there has been a lot of speculation as to their meaning. Many of the words appear in the Qu’ran. “Bismillah” is one of these and it literally means “In the name of Allah.” The word “Scaramouch” means “A stock character that appears as a boastful coward.” “Beelzebub” is one of the many names given to The Devil.

Mercury’s parents were deeply involved in Zoroastrianism, and these Arabic words do have a meaning in that religion. His family grew up in Zanzibar, but was forced out by government upheaval in 1964 and they moved to England. Some of the lyrics could be about leaving his homeland behind. Guitarist Brian May seemed to suggest this when he said in an interview about the song: “Freddie was a very complex person: flippant and funny on the surface, but he concealed insecurities and problems in squaring up his life with his childhood. He never explained the lyrics, but I think he put a lot of himself into that song.”

Another explanation is not to do with Mercury’s childhood, but his sexuality – it was around this time that he was starting to come to terms with his bisexuality, and his relationship with Mary Austin was falling apart.

Whatever the meaning is, we may never know – Mercury himself remained tight-lipped, and the band agreed not to reveal anything about the meaning. Mercury himself stated, “It’s one of those songs which has such a fantasy feel about it. I think people should just listen to it, think about it, and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them.” He also claimed that the lyrics were nothing more than “Random rhyming nonsense” when asked about it by his friend Kenny Everett, who was a London DJ.

The band were always keen to let listeners interpret their music in a personal way to them, rather than impose their own meaning on songs, and May stated that the band agreed to keep the personal meaning behind the song private out of respect for Mercury.

Mercury may have written “Galileo” into the lyrics for the benefit of Brian May, who is an astronomy buff and in 2007 earned a PhD in astrophysics. Galileo is a famous astronomer known for being the first to use a refracting telescope.

The backing track came together quickly, but Queen spent days overdubbing the vocals in the studio using a 24-track tape machine. The analog recording technology was taxed by the song’s multitracked scaramouches and fandangos: by the time they were done, about 180 tracks were layered together and “bounced” down into sub-mixes. Brian May recalled in various interviews being able to see through the tape as it was worn so thin with overdubs. Producer Roy Thomas Baker also recalls Mercury coming into the studio proclaiming, “oh, I’ve got a few more ‘Galileos’ dear!” as overdub after overdub piled up.

Was Freddie Mercury coming out as gay in this song? Lesley-Ann Jones, author of the biography Mercury, thinks so.

Jones says that when she posed the question to Mercury in 1986, the singer didn’t give a straight answer, and that he was always very vague about the song’s meaning, admitting only that it was “about relationships.” (Mercury’s family religion, Zoroastrianism, doesn’t accept homosexuality, and he made efforts to conceal his sexual orientation, possibly so as not to offend his family.)

After Mercury’s death, Jones says she spent time with his lover, Jim Hutton, who told her that the song was, in fact, Mercury’s confession that he was gay. Mercury’s good friend Tim Rice agreed, and offered some lyrical analysis to support the theory:

“Mama, I just killed a man” – He’s killed the old Freddie he was trying to be. The former image.

“Put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger, now he’s dead” – He’s dead, the straight person he was originally. He’s destroyed the man he was trying to be, and now this is him, trying to live with the new Freddie.

“I see a little silhouetto of a man” – That’s him, still being haunted by what he’s done and what he is.

Queen made a video for the song to air on Top Of The Pops, a popular British music show, because the song was too complex to perform live – or more accurately, to be mimed live – on TOTP. Also, the band would be busy on tour during the single’s release and thus unable to appear.

The video turned out to be a masterstroke, providing far more promotional punch than a one-off live appearance. Top Of The Pops ran it for months, helping keep the song atop the charts. This started a trend in the UK of making videos for songs to air in place of live performances.

When the American network MTV launched in 1981, most of their videos came from British artists for this reason. In the December 12, 2004 issue of the Observer newspaper, Roger Taylor explained: “We did everything we possibly could to avoid appearing in Top Of The Pops. It was one, the most boring day known to man, and two, it’s all about not actually playing – pretending to sing, pretending to play. We came up with the video concept to avoid playing on Top Of The Pops.”

The group had previously appeared on the show twice, to promote the “Seven Seas of Rhye” and “Killer Queen” singles.

The video was very innovative, the first where the visual images took precedence over the song. The look, with the four band members peering up into the shadows, was based on their 1974 Queen II album cover, which was shot by Mick Rock, who got the idea from a publicity photo of Marlene Dietrich striking a similar pose in the movie Shanghai Express. (Rock told Songfacts: “I showed it to Freddie and said, ‘Freddie, you could be Marlene Dietrich! How do you fancy that?’ And he loved it.”)

The two big effects used in the video were the multiple images that appear in the “thunderbolts and lightning section,” which were created by putting a prism in front of the camera lens, and the feedback effect where the image of the singer travels to infinity, which was done by pointing a camera at a monitor (like audio feedback, this is something you usually tried to avoid, but when harnessed for artistic purposes, was quite effective). At the time, the video looked high-tech and futuristic. It was also the first music “video” in the sense that it was shot on video instead of film.

This was Queen’s first Top 10 hit in the US, peaking at #9 on April 24, 1976. In the UK, where Queen was already established, it went to #1 on November 29, 1975 and stayed for nine weeks, a record at the time.

This got a whole new audience when it was used in the 1992 movie Wayne’s World, starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. In the film, Wayne and his friends lip-synch to it in his car (the Mirth Mobile), spasmodically head-bobbing at the guitar solo. As a result of the movie, it was re-released as a single in the US and charted at #2 (“Jump” by Kris Kross kept it out of #1).

In America, this marked a turning point in Queen’s legacy. The band’s 1982 album Hot Space contained a side of disco-tinged tracks at a time when disco was anathema to rock fans. The album had disappointing sales in the US, and also cost Queen in credibility. Their tour to support the album would be Freddie Mercury’s last with Queen in America, and the band was largely forgotten there for the rest of the decade. When Wayne’s World revived “Bohemian Rhapsody,” American listeners remembered how cool Queen really was, and they the ringing endorsement from Wayne and Garth to back them up.

At 5:55, this was a very long song for radio consumption. Queen’s manager at the time, John Reid, played it to another artist he managed, Elton John, who promptly declared: “are you mad? You’ll never get that on the radio!”

According to Brian May, record company management kept pleading with the group to cut the single down, but Freddie Mercury refused. It got a big bump when Mercury’s friend Kenny Everett played it on his Capital Radio broadcast before the song was released (courtesy of a copy Mercury gave him). This helped the single jump to #1 in the UK shortly after it was released.

There was a single version released only in France on a 7″, cut down to 3:18, edited by John Deacon, but beyond the initial pressing of this French single, the only version recognized is the album version, at 5:55. This little-heard French single started right at the piano intro, and edited out the operetta part. Brian May admitted that there may have been additional parts for the song on Freddie’s notes, but they were apparently never recorded. 

In 1991, this was re-released in the UK shortly after Freddie Mercury’s death. It again went to #1, with proceeds going to the Terrence Higgins Trust, which Mercury supported.

Elton John performed this with Axl Rose at the 1992 “Concert For Life,” held in London at Wembley Stadium. It was a tribute to Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS the year before. In 2001, Elton John got together with Eminem, who like Axl Rose, was often accused of being intolerant and homophobic. They performed Eminem’s “Stan” at the Grammys.

When this was re-released in the US, proceeds from the single went to the Magic Johnson AIDS Foundation. Johnson and Freddie Mercury were two of the first celebrities to get AIDS. Rock Hudson, who succumbed to the disease on October 2, 1985, was another.

Thanks to this track, A Night At The Opera was the most expensive album ever made at the time. They used 6 different studios to record it. Queen did not use any synthesizers on the album, which is something they were very proud of.

In an interview with Brian May and Roger Taylor on the Queen Videos Greatest Hits DVD, Brian said: “What is Bohemian Rhapsody about, well I don’t think we’ll ever know and if I knew I probably wouldn’t want to tell you anyway, because I certainly don’t tell people what my songs are about. I find that it destroys them in a way because the great thing about about a great song is that you relate it to your own personal experiences in your own life. I think that Freddie was certainly battling with problems in his personal life, which he might have decided to put into the song himself. He was certainly looking at re-creating himself. But I don’t think at that point in time it was the best thing to do so he actually decided to do it later. I think it’s best to leave it with a question mark in the air.” >>

A Night At The Opera was re-released as an audio DVD in 2002 with the original video included on the disc. Commentary from the DVD reveals that this song had started taking shape in the song “My Fairy King” on Queen’s debut album. >>

In 2002, this came in #1 in a poll by Guinness World Records as Britain’s favorite single of all time. John Lennon’s “Imagine” was #2, followed by The Beatles’ “Hey Jude.”

The name “Bohemian” in the song title seems to refer not to the region in the Czech republic, but to a group of artists and musicians living roughly 100 years ago, known for defying convention and living with disregard for standards. A “Rhapsody” is a piece of Classical music with distinct sections that is played as one movement. Rhapsodies often have themes.

Roger Taylor (from 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh): “Record companies both sides of the Atlantic tried to cut the song, they said it was too long and wouldn’t work. We thought, ‘Well we could cut it, but it wouldn’t make any sense,’ it doesn’t make much sense now and it would make even less sense then: you would miss all the different moods of the song. So we said no. It’ll either fly or it won’t. Freddie had the bare bones of the song, even the composite harmonies, written on telephone books and bits of paper, so it was quite hard to keep track of what was going on.” Kutner and Leigh’s book also states that, the recording included 180 overdubs, the operatic parts took over 70 hours to complete and the piano Freddie played was the same one used by Paul McCartney on “Hey Jude.”

Ironically, the song that knocked this off the #1 chart position in the UK was “Mama Mia” by Abba. The words “Mama mia” are repeated in this in the line “Oh mama mia, mama mia, mama mia let me go.” >>

The story told in this song is remarkably similar to that in Albert Camus’ book The Stranger. Both tell of a young man who kills, and not only can he not explain why he did it, he can’t even articulate any feelings about it. >>

You can make the case that the song title is actually a parody, and a clever one at that. There is a rhapsody by the composer Franz Liszt called “Hungarian Rhapsody,” and “Bohemia” is a kingdom that is near Hungary and was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Furthermore, “Bohemian” is an adjective for something unusual or against convention, and the song is just that.

So, “Bohemian Rhapsody” could be a clever title that not only parodies a famous work but also describes the song. In a nod to the Liszt composition, Queen would go on to release a live DVD/CD package in 2012 titled “Hungarian Rhapsody,” featuring their famous shows behind the Iron Curtain in Budapest on the Magic tour in 1986.

This song was covered by Constantine M. (featuring the cast of We Will Rock You) and also by The Flaming Lips for the 2005 Queen Tribute album Killer Queen. Another popular cover is by Grey DeLisle, who did it as an acoustic ballad for her album Iron Flowers.

Queen fans, and also Brian May, often colloquially refer to the song as “Bo Rhap” (or “Bo Rap”).

The name “Bohemian Rhapsody” makes many appearances in popular culture:

Session 14 of the popular anime series Cowboy Bebop is named “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The Jones Soda Company has a drink named “Bohemian Raspberry” in honor of this song.

In one of the episodes of the TV miniseries Dinotopia, a character cheats on a poem project by using the first part of the song as his entire project. The inhabitants, having never heard the song before, are amazed at the sound of it. 

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett used some of the lyrics in their book Good Omens. The main character (Crowley) plays it in his car all the time. They also refer to other Queen songs, but mostly “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 

The Mexican group Molotov sampled the chorus for their Spanish-language rap version of this song called “Rap, Soda and Bohemias.” It appears on their 1998 album Molomix

In 2009, The Muppets Studio released a video featuring the Muppets performing this song. It was first web video for The Muppets, and it was extremely popular: the video was viewed over 7 million times the first week it was up. The furry ones changed the song a bit, omitting the lyrics that begin, “Mama, just killed a man” with Animal screaming “Mama!”

In an interview with Q magazine March 2011, Roger Taylor was asked if this seemed like a peculiar song when Mercury first suggested it? He replied: “No, I loved it. The first bit that he played to me was the verse. ‘Mama, just killed a man, dah-dah-la-dah-daah, gun against his…’ All that. I thought, ‘That’s great, that’s a hit.’ It was, in my head, a simpler entity then; I didn’t know it was going to have a wall of mock Gilbert and Sullivan stuff, you know, some of which was written on the fly. Freddie would write these huge blocks of mass harmonies in the backs of phone books.”

The song is one of Freddie Mercury’s great mysteries – according to everyone in the band, only he knew truly how it would come together, and according to some sources, its genesis could have come many years earlier. Chris Smith, the keyboard player in Mercury’s first band Smile, claimed that Freddie would play several piano compositions at rehearsals, including one called “The Cowboy Song,” which started with the line, “mama, just killed a man.”

In sharp contrast to the rest of the song’s recording and composition, Brian May’s signature solo before the opera section was recorded on only one track, with no overdubbing. He stated that he wanted to play “a little tune that would be a counterpart to the main melody; I didn’t just want to play the melody.”

It is one of his finest examples of creating a solo in his mind before playing it on guitar; something he did many times throughout Queen’s career. His reasoning was always that “the fingers tend to be predictable unless being led by the brain.”

Weird Al Yankovic took the entire song and sung it to a polka tune, called simply “Bohemian Polka,” which is on his 1993 album Alapalooza. >>

Panic! At The Disco covered the song in 2016 for the Suicide Squad soundtrack, having previously played Queen’s epic tune during their live shows. Frontman Brendon Urie told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe:

“I know right that’s a monster to tackle but it was so much fun. I love that song so much. We’ve been playing it live for a few years and it just made so much sense to try it.

It really just gave me a bigger respect for how that song was written. I mean the song was there, all the pieces were there. It was just figuring out each harmony piece by piece. But man, what a monster of a vocal song. It’s so crazy there’s just like thirty-four vocals stacked on top of each other. It’s incredible. I know right that’s a monster to tackle but it was so much fun. I love that song so much. We’ve been playing it live for a few years and it just made so much sense to try it.”

Panic! at the Disco’s cover peaked at #64 on the Hot 100. It was the fourth version to reach the chart following Queen’s original, The Braids from the High School High movie soundtrack (#42, 1996), and the Cast of Glee (#84, 2010).

In the 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek stars as Freddie Mercury. In May, the trailer was released, showing some scenes where the song is discussed, including a part where they record “the operatic section.” There is also this exchange:

Record company executive: “It goes on forever! It’s six bloody minutes!”

Mercury: “I pity your wife if you think six minutes is forever.”

That record company executive is played by Mike Myers, who revived the song in Wayne’s World.

The song made its third visit to the top 40 of the Hot 100 in November 2018 when it zoomed in at #33 following the release of the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack. , something only Prince has done before, with “1999.”

Thanks to the film Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen had a big role at the 2019 Oscars ceremony. The band (with Adam Lambert on vocals) opened the show, performing “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions”; Mike Myers and Dana Carvey introduced a tribute to the film with their scene from Wayne’s World. The film was nominated for five awards, winning four: Leading Actor (Rami Malek), Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. It lost Best Picture to Green Book.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see
I’m just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
Because I’m easy come, easy go
A little high, little low
Anyway the wind blows, doesn’t really matter to me, to me

Mama, just killed a man
Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger, now he’s dead
Mama, life had just begun
But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away
Mama, ooh
Didn’t mean to make you cry
If I’m not back again this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters

Too late, my time has come
Sends shivers down my spine
Body’s aching all the time
Goodbye everybody I’ve got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
Mama, ooh (anyway the wind blows)
I don’t want to die
I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all

I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning very very frightening me
Gallileo, Gallileo
Gallileo, Gallileo
Gallileo Figaro, magnifico

I’m just a poor boy and nobody loves me
He’s just a poor boy from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity

Easy come easy go, will you let me go
Bismillah! No we will not let you go, let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go, let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go, let me go
Will not let you go, let me go (never)
Never, never, never, never, never let me go
No, no, no, no, no, no, no
Oh mama mia, mama mia, mama mia let me go
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me
For me
For me

So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye
So you think you can love me and leave me to die
Oh, baby, can’t do this to me, baby
Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here

Ooh yeah, ooh yeah

Nothing really matters
Anyone can see
Nothing really matters nothing really matters to me

Anyway the wind blows

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

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65 thoughts on “Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody…Epic Rock Songs Week”

  1. Epic. Nice to see the comeback but sad as Fred wasn’t around to see the resurgence as Queen never performed in North America after 1982.
    Hilarious that you guys were doing the Waynes World in the 80’s. Time to lawyer up at Mike Myers for stealing your idea.

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    1. We were playing some club in Nashville and the guitar player and I took off for Florida that night…we saw Wayne’s World on that trip and said…hey they stole our act! lol

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      1. That is a fun article. I would have loved to have seen them. I have a friend that saw them on either the Game tour or Hot Space tour…

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      2. REO Speedwagon…Queen would have been a little cooler!
        I remember seeing the “No Smoking Sign” before the lights went off…afterwards you could not see the sign because of smoke.

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    1. The thing that got me was the nearly transparent tape…that is a lot of overdubs!
      This song and A Day In The Life are brilliant. They way they both fit together.

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  2. This and the previous two songs you wrote about (Layla and Won’t Get Fooled Again) are included in a draft post about the 10 greatest rock songs of the 1970s that I began over two years ago, but never finished. I did one for the 1960s in March 2017, and it’s now my 4th most popular post ever, still getting lots of views every day. The reason I never finished the one for the 1970s is that I’m too intimidated to write about those iconic and beloved songs, but also the fact that I just never got into some of the big rock bands from that era, like KISS, Rush or Black Sabbath, and don’t want to get lots of negative comments as to why I failed to include their songs.

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    1. There are a couple I would never have covered under normal circumstances…they haven’t come up yet but will by Friday. You can probably guess the two…one by a southern band and one by a huge British band.

      I get intimidated also…so I just stick to facts about the song. I always think of things to say after it’s posted…you came up with a perfect description to Won’t Get Fooled Again in your comment…I thought about what you said and I thought to myself that is perfect…I wish I would have wrote something like that.

      I just deal from my wheelhouse…when I did my favorite drummers, guitarists, bass players etc…I did get some comments…where is so and so…so I make it personal…this is just my feelings…I had Roger McGuinn as the top guitarist…because he influence me so much…Neil Young was second.

      I tell people…I don’t write posts…I write blurbs because that is all I can do by doing it everyday. You on the other hand really write…your descriptions are great.

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      1. I’m guessing the two songs are “Free Bird” and “Stairway to Heaven”
        both of which are also on my list. I was not a big Lynyrd Skynyrd fan, however I do acknowledge the importance of that song. “Stairway to Heaven” is my all-time favorite song.

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      2. Yep!
        I grew up in the south and you talk about southern rock burnout…I have it…except the Allman Brothers which I don’t consider southern rock.
        I was really self conscious about Lynyrd Skynryd…but I do recognize that Van Zant was a good songwriter and do like some of their songs…it’s been only recently that I post some about them. I steer away from the southern stereotype.
        I’m burned out on both of them but yes…they are important. Now for a question…which Beatle song do you think belongs with this group? I have picked a Beatles song for tomorrow…I had to choose between two. Sorry for the long comments.

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      3. Hmm, do you mean an actual Beatles song, or one by one of the four individual members? I don’t have any of their songs on my list, but if I had to pick one, it would probably be George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord”.

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      4. No a Beatle song…two of them…but one doesn’t fit as well. My first thought was Hey Jude and A Day In The Life…I had to go with A Day In The Life.
        You bring up a good point though…My Sweet Lord would fit and possibly Band On The Run

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      5. I’m sorry, my mind wandered and I mistakenly thought of Beatles songs from the 70s, since we’d been talking about that decade. I think A Day in the Life is a good pick for a Beatles rock song, as a lot of their music is really more pop-oriented, at least when compared with music by The Rolling Stones or The Who.

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      6. I can see why you thought that…it will be the only pick from the 60s. They didn’t have the 70s to develop into something else but I doubt if they would have got too hard…although they touched there with Helter Skelter and some others.

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    1. Record executives don’t like anything that is different. I’m glad they pressed on and didn’t cave in to editing it.
      Capital wasn’t in love with Sgt Peppers either…but soon changed their minds lol.

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  3. My mom’s first car was a Gremlin – she began driving when middle aged.
    A great song, no doubt. Many charts and polls have it as #1 all-time. I actually had the single back in ’76- probably one of first two dozen records I had – , I remember it… very long for a 7″, and I would try to turn it way up at the end for the gong (which I think the band has done itself in newer remasters). I liked the flipside, “I’m in love with my Car” too.
    I was happy it had a resurgence and think it’s great that radio was, and still is open to tracks like it that don’t conform to normal top 40 sounds. That’s rare . But must say, I’ve heard it so much I tend to change channels most of the time when it comes on. Kind of the new model of “Stairway to Heaven” in that regard.

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    1. Oh the Gremlin! You know what? You know how I am…I would love to have a Gremlin and an AMC Pacer…just the looks I would get now.
      We were talking about Paul Simon hitting with Graceland…it’s rare that something different like this hits…I love it when it does. It shows that different can hit when given a chance.

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      1. Garth’s Mirthmobile WAS a Pacer…1976. Light blue with flames (folks in this area would scream that it was Carolina Blue)…

        Bohemian Rhapsody is the Queen gold standard. Heads bob all over the world with this one.

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      2. Where the hell did I get Gremlin? I changed it now…
        It since we were doing it a lot of people had to be blasting the song before the movie…I loved looking at people’s reactions because it was hugely popular in the 80s…to see their face on the middle part…
        Got a better song today…

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      3. Because the Gremlin & the Pacer were both products of AMC. There was a bit of a resemblance. The Pacer was 1975-1980. The Gremlin was 1970-1978.

        I never saw Wayne’s World at the movies. I caught it on HBO. Absolutely a retarded movie…😆

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      4. The Pacers were like rolling fish aquariums…that glass surrounded you… oh yea it’s stupid…but in a fun way. My buddy and I caught it in Florida…we drove all night from a gig….had a ball there. We went to Pensicola because it’s closest.

        My dad had found a couple of tablets of speed …real speed from the 70s in one of his old couches…yea we took it lol…we were up but with no jitters. It was 1991 I believe.

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    1. I like this John…I have seen some of their other things also…it’s really cool…it’s awful hard singing with no music…

      Another blogger posted this link to a short film noir of it also.

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      1. That doesn’t suprise me. It’s funny how some ‘few’ artists and bands caught on down here, but many others didn’t. I’m sure its due to the commercial limitations of promoters and tangents of commercial release. Also the music which is very commercial seems to stick to people that don’t listen to music in English often.
        What always amazed me was how Elton John and Bob Dylan were virtually unheard of here. But funny enough Joan Baez is very popular in Chile.

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      2. Wow…Baez but not Dylan. Queen was so over the top and their songs were catchy and different at the same time. I can see how they caught on.

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    1. Yes it is…I still like this one…Hotel California I can’t take anymore…but I’m not a real big Eagles fan. In the south people think they are southern I believe…they are played way too much….they are southern…southern California!

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  4. I loved the song and remember the joy in singing along with it. I also remember the joy I felt when they were in the car in Wayne’s World singing it. Bohemian Rhapsody is one of those iconic tunes in a class by itself. Glad you are covering some of the titans this week, Max.

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    1. Well I always thought covering these songs would be too easy because of what they are…but…I have had fun doing it. Tomorrow is possibly the best…to me.

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  5. Another great tune that deserves the label epic!

    I think “Bohemian Rhapsody” is both weird and great at the same time – completely over the top production but brilliantly executed. And it’s definitely catchy.

    “Bohemian Rhapsody” was a bit of an acquired taste for me initially, but now I truly dig it. I don’t know any other tune that sounds like it.

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    1. I loved driving down the road with my friends with it wide open to see the other peoples reactions…this was before it was known as it is now…good teenage fun.

      Yea it is catchy…My favorite is tomorrow

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    1. It had to man…I think it still has the some effect today on kids…. It’s like when my son first heard Devo in the 2000’s … he was stunned…What is that?

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