Queen Meets Waynes World AKA Bohemian Rhapsody

Posted on May 02, 2010

So what should your first ever post be on your brand new blog that is all about music. Do you go very latest up to date and cutting edge? Or do you go for a little bit of nostalgia with a promise to get up to date very quickly. Well I decided on the nostalgia approach, so this is the first track from my teenage years that really made me think I want to hear some more of that. I had finally found something that I really liked.

Up until then I was pretty much going with my peers and if they liked Bowie, I liked Bowie. Trouble was Bowie didn’t really do it for me entirely, it was OK but once I heard one or two of his tracks I would get very bored and be looking for something else to listen to.

No such confusion with Queen, they blew me away immediately when I heard Bohemian Rhapsody for the first time circa 1975. I promptly went in search of more of this music and found they had actually released a couple of albums before they released Bohemian Rhapsody, which of course I still have in their original vinyl  form.

Back to Bohemian Rhapsody however, Queen broke all the rules with the length of this track, there was a generally accepted rule of thumb that any track should not be more than a couple of minutes long, but Bohemian Rhapsody cashed in at an amazing 5 minutes and 55 seconds plus it was accompanied with an amazing video which was also considered to be a ground breaking move by the band.

Rather fitting I thought to feature the video that helped Queen to break through in the United States. After the track was featured in the Movie ‘Waynes World’, Bohemian Rhapsody reached number 2 in the American charts in 1992. The previous attempt in 1976 had peaked at number 9.

It was number 1 in the UK in 1975 around Christmas and stayed there for 9 weeks. Following the death of Freddy Mercury, which renewed interest in the single, it eventually became the 3rd best selling UK single of all time.

OK its a bit dated but not a bad start for an old fart who loves his music, new and old. Like I said I promise to get the new stuff posted very soon. In the meantime, feel free to comment and let me know who or what your favorites are.