Some things simply defy description. You may make valiant attempts at encompassing the emotional swings of a song, or take a technical approach and illustrate shifts in time signatures, but a song like “Bohemian Rhapsody” will defy your best efforts. Queen is like that. The band remains a staple of global pop culture. Once you hear them, you understand why.
And that’s where we are today. Youtuber “Joey Reacts” has created a channel devoted to first-listens. He takes requests, plugs in his ear phones and hits record. As the songs play, he narrates the experience.
The video is captures the audacity of the song writing in a way that’s difficult to describe. While the set-up seems contrived–like many Youtube videos–the reactions to both the lyrics and the music seem genuine.
The question remains: how do you reach this age without having heard Bohemian Rhapsody?
While most of Queen’s reputation came from their hard partying lifestyle and intense rock anthems, their music–even “Bohemian Rhapsody”–has proven to be a hit with kids.
Here’s the proof: The Muppets doing what they do best: a deeply ironic homage to a song that wasn’t meant for kids.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” has never really faded from the American song book. The 1990 film “Wayne’s World” gave the song a massive boost in popularity and brought Queen back to a new generation.
While the film was a parody piece born from a Saturday Night Live sketch, it reminded the world of Queen.
The song was written for Queen’s 1975 album “A Night at the Opera.” Now, some 40+ years later, it is about to get another major jolt of life.
The trailers for “Bohemian Rhapsody” promise the behind the scenes of some of Queen’s most iconic songs, but it also appears to be a tribute to the man who fronted the band. The movie may be the eulogy to Freddie Mercury that he has always deserved.