I remember exactly what I was doing the first time Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” came on the radio (the story here). The song was so unbelievably weird in the context of the times that it was initially treated as a goofy novelty song. How wrong we were.
It was 40 years ago today–November 5, 1975–that the track was issued as a single. Guitarist Brian May talked to Rolling Stone about the making of the song and what happened afterwards.
When you were recording “Bohemian Rhapsody,” did you have any idea what a big deal it was going to be?
I don’t think anybody thought that. We were just thinking, “This is fun, this is interesting, this’ll be something that people enjoy.” Freddie [Mercury] wrote it. Of course we all interacted, we all contributed bits and pieces and argued as we always did, but it was Freddie’s baby and everyone respected that in the end.
Continue reading. And let’s listen one more time with Wayne and Garth.