The Bohemian Rhapsody Story and the BBC Documentary of the same name
For those of our readers overseas who cannot tune into BBC Iplayer or missed the BBC documentary on the story of Bohemian Rhapsody, we take a peak and review the story of Queens most famous song, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Queen’s Guitarist Brian May and Drummer Roger Taylor revisit the studios where Bohemian Rhapsody was recorded and explain some back stories.
Monmouth Studios Wales.
Richard E. Grant narrated the documentary.
Other well-known people appear in the documentary who give their views.
The original recording, with the original sound recording Artist in America
The recording sound artist/ producer Roy Thomas Baker was reunited with the original Reel to Reel tape. The vintage Tape had to be baked before it could be played to avoid disintegration! The Sound recording artist played diverse isolated sections of the song and talked viewers through the parts, explaining what’s going on.
Rare and unusual recordings, some art doodle by Freddy
A short film clip interview, with Mercury’s mother Jer Bulsara and his sister Kashmira.
The Song was recorded in the late summer of 1975 and released the last day of October of the same year.
The song had a much longer playing time than was usual. At just under 6 minutes long, people at the time were reluctant to play it or believe it would take off. DJ Kenny Everett was the pioneer to ignore convention. Kenny played the track some 14 times in a short space of time on his morning radio show during the last weekend of October of that year. Everett was a Friend of Mercury. He believed the song would be a hit for years to come.
It made Christmas number 1 and remained at the top of the UK singles charts for 9 weeks.
Chico, Harpo, Gummo, Groucho and Zeppo Marx inspired the Album title
Bohemian Rhapsody is one song on the Album “A Night At the Opera”. The Band were fans of the Marx Brothers. During their stay at farmhouse recording studios, they sat and watched the film “A Night of the Opera”. It seemed the obvious title for the Album. The Song itself a mix of a ballad, rock and operatic sections. Vocals are Mercury, May, Taylor, the pitch variance in their voices could cover high middle and low notes nicely with no need to outsource.
Freddy at the time, Freddy showed on the piano keyboard the guitar parts he created to May the Guitarist. Freddie apparently could compose and play complex fast guitar parts in this manner. May stated how this takes some impressive skill with the keys, very tricky to emulate.
If I’m not back again this time tomorrow, If Piano’s could talk
The Piano Mercury played the track on has somewhat of a legacy. Trident Studio’s stock piano, used by many artists, including Elton John, Bowie Carly Simon. Another well-known track “Hey Jude” by the Beatles had also used that same Piano.
The innovators during the dawning of the Music Video
The promo video was shot around 10th November and shown that same week on Tv on Top of the Pops. The profile Pose the band members were arranged in, took inspiration from a photograph of Marlene Dietrich. Mercury at the centre front loved this idea. A recreation of how the original promotional video was shot, after tracking down the original technicians. Many people recall this visual to the song because it was one of the earliest types of Music video and the song was innovative too so very memorable.
In 1992 the Film Waynes World revived the song with younger people and somehow is often how people recall the song or were first introduced to it.
No Escape from reality the songs meaning
Oxford University boffins discussed the songs possible meaning.
The Drummer knows according to rumour, what the song means. However, keeping secrets close to his chest with a clue keeps the mystic intact. Research often repeats the story that Mercury enjoyed people making different interpretations of the lyrics. The Different composite parts and styles of the song seem to fit with the fact it was recorded in 6 different studios.
The Lyrics of Bomeian rhapsody
The Song is 6 minutes long, something that was unusual in times, were single where packaged short for radio airplay. The track was written by Freddy Mercury for the Night at the Opera Album. Staying at number 1 for 9 weeks in the UK, selling 1 million by the end of 1976. The track is the UK’s 3rd best-selling song of all time. The song is so ingrained in the public consciousness that even reciting some of the words of the song raises an instant recognition that it is from the Queens Song Bohemian Rhapsody, for example, Bismillah, Scaramouch, Galileo, Little High Little Low.
Coincidentally the lyric Mama mia, reappeared because ABBA’s song of the same name eventually knocked it off the No. 1 spot.
This word appears in the Qu’ran and means “In the name of Allah”.
However, Freddy Mercury’s heritage being Persian and was part of an ancient culture of Parsi Zoroastrian Religion. This has a story connection with India, just as Mercury has a traveling link with India too.
From Italian performing arts and literature
A comedian character that appears as a boastful coward
Perhaps a reference to the works by
Galileo’s 1632 book Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems The heliocentric model against the geocentric Ptolemy.
The Real life or Fantasy lyric is perhaps inspired by Galileo’s dealings with fact vs fiction.
Galileo was not allowed to use the word “Tide” in his publication as many were not ready to accept his views about what that would imply.
Little high little Low
Some say see link below, is to do with Galileos’s experiment where he dropped spheres of different masses from the Leaning Tower of Piza.
Other wins, The Guinness Book of Records’ Number one song of all time.
Song of the Millennium in 2000.
Carnaby Street opened an epic hanging light display of the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody in neon colours
The light display in Carnaby is to celebrate the release of the 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody on the 24th October 2018. The lights were switched on by Original Queen members, Brian May, Roger Taylor and the actor playing Freddie Mercury in the film Rami Malek. The BBC news online has quoted Brian May as stating that the film is “not a Queen movie, it’s a Freddie movie”.
The making of the film – Brian May Clip
The Film suffered a lot of starts and stops. People leaving.
Trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody
Any movie about Freddie and Queen will have one important question, who is singing or doing the music? Malek does a little of the vocals, the real Freddie Mercury has been used in places too. Furthermore, some collaboration from Marc Martel who is in the link below, who like Freddie, also plays the piano. We have included two links, in case it seemed too surreal, stunning vocalist.
Marc Martel, the singer behind the voice
Where is Carnaby Street