Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the song. The four members of the band sit together in front of a sandy-coloured background wearing predominantly black clothing. Bohemian rhapsody talent show Rhapsody» is a song by the British rock band Queen. It was written by Freddie Mercury for the band’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera. Bohemian Rhapsody» topped the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks and had sold more than a million copies by the end of January 1976. Although critical reaction was initially mixed, «Bohemian Rhapsody» has since become Queen’s most popular song and is considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time. The single was accompanied by a groundbreaking promotional video.
In 2004, «Bohemian Rhapsody» was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Mercury used to play parts of songs he was writing at the time on the piano, and one of his pieces, known simply as «The Cowboy Song», contained lyrics that ended up in the completed version produced years later, in 1975, specifically, «Mama just killed a man. Queen spent a month rehearsing at Ridge Farm Studio in Surrey in mid-1975, and drummer Roger Taylor recalled that «Bohemian Rhapsody» was one of the songs the band worked on while they were there. Bohemian Rhapsody» was totally insane, but we enjoyed every minute of it. It was basically a joke, but a successful joke.
We had to record it in three separate units. We did the whole beginning bit, then the whole middle bit, and then the whole end. May, Mercury, and Taylor reportedly sang their vocal parts continually for 10 to 12 hours a day. The entire piece took three weeks to record, and in some sections featured 180 separate overdubs. Producer Baker recalls that May’s solo was done on only one track, rather than recording multiple tracks. I didn’t just want to play the melody». The guitarist said that his better material stems from this way of working: in which he thought of the tune before playing it: «the fingers tend to be predictable unless being led by the brain. Music scholar Sheila Whiteley suggests that «the title draws strongly on contemporary rock ideology, the individualism of the bohemian artists’ world, with rhapsody affirming the romantic ideals of art rock».
Bohemian Rhapsody» begins with an introduction, then goes into a piano ballad, before a guitar solo leads to an operatic interlude. A hard rock part follows this and it concludes with a coda. This musical format of writing a song as a suite with changes in style, tone and tempo throughout was uncommon in most mainstream pop and rock music but common in progressive rock. Mercury although the video has all four members lip-syncing this part. The lyrics question whether life is «real» or «just fantasy caught in a landslide» before concluding that there can be «no escape from reality». Mercury’s voice alternates with the other vocal parts.
John Deacon’s bass guitar, marking the onset of this section. After it plays twice, Mercury’s vocals enter. Throughout the section, the vocals evolve from a softly sung harmony to an impassioned solo performance by Mercury. The narrator explains to his mother that he has «just killed a man,» with «a gun against his head» and in doing so, has thrown his life away. The narrator makes the second of several invocations to his «mama» in the new key, continuing the original theme. The narrator explains his regret over «mak you cry» and urging «mama» to «carry on as if nothing really matters».
A brief, descending variation of the piano phrase connects to the second verse. Then the piano intro plays, marking the start of the second verse. May imitates a bell tree during the line «sends shivers down my spine», by playing the strings of his guitar on the other side of the bridge. Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango? The operatic segment enters immediately as May’s solo abruptly concludes. This vast shift in style is just one example of how the song rapidly changes throughout its running time. A rapid series of rhythmic and harmonic changes introduces a pseudo-operatic midsection, which contains the bulk of the elaborate vocal multi-tracking, depicting the narrator’s descent into hell.
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While the underlying pulse of the song is maintained, the dynamics vary greatly from bar to bar, from only Mercury’s voice accompanied by a piano to a multi-voice choir supported by drums, bass, piano, and timpani. Using the 24-track technology available at the time, the «opera» section took about three weeks to finish. Producer Roy Thomas Baker said, «Every time Freddie came up with another ‘Galileo’, I would add another piece of tape to the reel. The operatic section leads into a rock interlude with a guitar riff written by Mercury. C minor, only to soon go through an abrupt short series of modulations, bringing it back to C minor again in time for the final «nothing really matters» section. A guitar accompanies the chorus «ooh, ooh yeah, ooh yeah.
F major just before it ends. The final line, «Any way the wind blows», is followed by the quiet sound of a large tam-tam that finally expels the tension built up throughout the song. The New York Times commented that «the song’s most distinct feature is the fatalistic lyrics». 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 «Bohemian Rhapsody» didn’t just come out of thin air. I did a bit of research although it was tongue-in-cheek and mock opera. Despite this, critics, both journalistic and academic, have speculated over the meaning behind the song’s lyrics.
Some believe the lyrics describe a suicidal murderer haunted by demons or depict events just preceding an execution. Still, others interpreted them as Mercury’s way of dealing with personal issues. Music scholar Sheila Whiteley observes that Mercury reached a turning point in his personal life in the year he wrote «Bohemian Rhapsody». When the band wanted to release the single in 1975, various executives suggested to them that, at 5 minutes and 55 seconds, it was too long and would never be a hit. The song was played to other musicians who commented the band had no hope of it ever being played on radio. The song became the 1975 UK Christmas number one, holding the top position for nine weeks.
In the United States, the single was also a success, although to a lesser extent than in the UK. The single, released in December 1975, reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of one million copies. With the Canadian record-buying public, the single fared better, reaching number one in the RPM national singles chart for the week ending 1 May 1976. Bohemian Rhapsody» was re-released as a double A-side cassette single with «The Show Must Go On» in January 1992 following the death of Freddie Mercury, with proceeds going to the Magic Johnson Foundation for AIDS research. The band used Trillion, a subsidiary of Trident Studios, their former management company and recording studio. They hired one of their trucks and got it to Elstree Studios, where the band was rehearsing for their tour.
The video opens with a shot of the four band members in near darkness as they sing the a cappella part. The lights fade up, and the shots cross-fade into close-ups of Freddie. The composition of the shot is the same as Mick Rock’s cover photograph for their second album Queen II. All of the special effects were achieved during the recording, rather than editing.
The honeycomb illusion was created using a shaped lens. Although the song has become one of the most revered in popular music history, the initial critical reaction was mixed. The UK music papers reacted with bemusement, recognising that the song was original and technically accomplished, but they mostly remained indifferent. In 1976, when asked for his opinion on «Bohemian Rhapsody», the Beach Boys’ leader Brian Wilson praised the song as «the most competitive thing that’s come along in ages» and «a fulfillment and an answer to a teenage prayer—of artistic music». Bohemian Rhapsody’ which bore many of the hallmarks of the ‘prog’ genre». Greg Kot called it a «prog-rock pocket operetta» and said the song’s «reign as a work of wigged-out genius rather than a dated gimmick testifies to its go-for-broke attitude—one that has resonated across generations». A comparison was also made between the song and Led Zeppelin’s 1971 epic «Stairway to Heaven» by music writers Pete Prown and HP Newquist. In 2015, The Economist described it as «one of the most innovative pieces of the progressive rock era». In 1992, the song enjoyed renewed popularity in the United States after being featured in a scene in the film Wayne’s World. In connection with this, a new video was released, interspersing excerpts from the film with footage from the original Queen video, along with some live footage of the band. Myers was horrified that the record company had mixed clips from Wayne’s World with Queen’s original video, fearing that this would upset the band.