Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

The epic song is enjoying one of its periodic resurgences.

  “Bohemian Rhapsody” is enjoying one of its periodic resurgences. Boosted by the success of the movie of the same name, which was just nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, Queen’s masterpiece once again worked its way into the pop charts, just at it did at the start of the 90’s thanks to Wayne’s World. You can obviously point to the films as the factors that have driven the song back into the forefront of the public consciousness on these occasions. Or you might look at it as new generations discovering this unique composition and recording and being bowled over like all their predecessors. Their first reaction is usually, “Wow, this doesn’t sound like anything else.” Their second reaction is usually, “Wow, this was released back in 1975. How come this doesn’t sound like anything else still?” With each of these returns to popularity, the depths of “Bohemian Rhapsody” are examined anew. Amazingly, it was composed entirely by Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, although it’s safe to say that the talents of his bandmates Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor were integral to bringing the song to fruition. Queen fought for it to be released as a single, and…

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