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Queen — Bohemian Rhapsody
Album: A Night At The Opera
Avg rating:
8.4

Your rating:
Total ratings: 3180









Released: 1975
Length: 5:47
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see
I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
Because I'm easy come, easy go
Little high, little low
Anyway the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me
To me

Mama, just killed a man
Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger, now he's dead
Mama, life had just begun
But now I've gone and thrown it all away
Mama, oooooooooo
Didn't mean to make you cry
If I'm not back again this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters

Too late, my time has come
Sends shivers down my spine
Body's aching all the time
Goodbye everybody, I've got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
Mama, ooooooooooh (Any way the wind blows)
I don't wanna die
I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all

I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the Fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning - very very frightening me
Galileo, Galileo
Galileo, Galileo
Galileo figaro
Magnifico (oh, oh, oh, oh!)
I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
He's just a poor boy from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity
Easy come easy go, will you let me go
Bismillah! No, we will not let you go - let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go - let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go - let me go
Will not let you go - let me go - (Never, never, never, never, never let me go!)
Will not let you go - let me go, oh, oh, oh, oh -
No, no, no, no, no, no, no -
Oh, Mama Mia, Mama Mia, Mama Mia, let me go -
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me
For me
For me!

So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye
So you think you can love me and leave me to die
Oh Baby, can't do this to me baby
Just gotta get out, just gotta get right out of here

Ooo, ooo yeah
Ooo yeah

Nothing really matters,
Anyone can see,
Nothing really matters, nothing really matters to me,

Any way the wind blows...
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Just saw opening date for Queen+ Adam Lambert North American tour (in Vancouver, Canada); 2++ hrs of amped energy and music.  No new music of course, but still amazing catalogue of songs, now being appreciated by legion of younger fans (much thanks to the BR movie).  It was as much the Brain May show as anything; amazing guitarist as always.   And, yeah, interesting approach to this song...starts with Lambert solo on a platform, into the band, then utilizes the original song video group vocals, with video (and Queen faces) projected on massive screen.  Anyways--the show was a big thumbs up for me. 
 Sbed wrote:

Hum let me answer that : no....hum......no........hum....can't be........let's see........hum...well here it is: i don't know !
 
For me this is a 10. No questions on that. 
 rhlrstn wrote:

I think the more relevant question is how did 145 people give this a 1?!?
 
Hum let me answer that : no....hum......no........hum....can't be........let's see........hum...well here it is: i don't know !
Saw (streamed) the movie Sunday night.  Not bad.  Not earning any Oscars, but an interesting take on the operatic phenoms.

A few snippets made me remember the labels on every Queen album.  Something like this: "No synthesizers were used in the creation of this music." 

Intrigued the living daylights out of me at the time.  How can they get that sound out of a guitar without synthesizers?
 Egctheow wrote:
How did I give that a 9?? Like it isn't a 10! Pfffff. Silly me!
 
I think the more relevant question is how did 145 people give this a 1?!?
How did I give that a 9?? Like it isn't a 10! Pfffff. Silly me!
mama mia - einfach nur schrecklich
 A 10 for me. Loved this band since high school. 
Long Live   Radio Paradise
My rating is STILL 9- O U T S T A N D I N G
Yes this song gets a lot of airplay on commercial radio. Precisely because I am a regular RP listener is why I still enjoy listening to it instead getting poisoned by “commercial”. As a kid hearing this I was awe struck at how different this was to anything else an easy 9 or 10 still.
how could 143 people give 1 rating
 Tomasni wrote:
Long Live  RP
My rating is 9- O U T S T A N D I N G   
                                                              
 
What about now?
Long Live  RP
My rating is 9- O U T S T A N D I N G   
                                                              
 VH1 wrote:




Total misscast if there ever was one
we must be on the brink of war like in the 1930s
Holldywood is currently obsessed with musicals
 

Not sure what "misscast" or "Holldywood" mean, but I'll reserve judgement on Rami's performance until I actually see the film.


 On_The_Beach wrote:
Congrats, Rami Malek, for your best actor Oscar.
Guess I'll have to see the movie now.
 

Total misscast if there ever was one

we must be on the brink of war like in the 1930s

Holldywood is currently obsessed with musicals


Another way overplayed song THAT I STILL LOVE.  
Congrats, Rami Malek, for your best actor Oscar.
Guess I'll have to see the movie now.
A classic of the genre but precisely the kind of music I listen to Radio Paradise to avoid, but as it's the day after the musical won 4 Oscars I'll forgive you on this occasion - now no more pomp pop until Elton John's biopic wins a grammy or something.
this is very good
 ziggytrix wrote:

 
love the poe pun
My rating: 9 - O U T S T A N D I N G    TY Queen and TY RP
 matadorsuns wrote:
Overplayed and overrated.
 
Says the curmudgeon.
For those of us of a certain age and point in our "experimentations", all of Queen was a revelation.
Doesn't come close to anything off of Queen I or II.
Heard it a million times, but still genius!
I'm old enuf to remember this song when it was released. I was in the "Queen is too, too...something." The only thing I ever thought was cool about the band was the claim of no synthesizers on the cover of "News of the World."

But as others have said, this song is inescapable and a pleasant reminder of my youth. It's aged well, especially the video.

And the in-joke of Mike Meyers reacting to the band on presentation to EMI of the recording in "Bohemian Rhapsody" was hillarious.
You have to understand the context of this song. If you were a teenager, you could listen to  this as well as: Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Yes,  Lynrd Sknryd, yetc. etc. etc. 


Music was all over the board in the 1970s. Bands were trying to out-create each other. The music was superb!
 
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Rami Malek (right) to play Freddie in upcoming biopic.
Hmmm, guess we'll have to wait and see . . .
https://images.firstpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Untitled-design-21.jpg
 
A review of the movie was published in this morning's NY Times. The critic A.O. Scott trashed it, saying "it feels interminable." 
 khardog145 wrote:
No matter how hard you try you will never be able to escape this song, with the exception of possible emigrating to another planet only to find out they were playing it there!  I hated this song so much when it first came out.  Then when Wayne's world came out and I was a parent on a bus on a school field trip all of the kids on the bus were singing  Bohemian Rhapsody in it's entirety -  well it was pretty amazing and impressive.  Now in my "older" years I am finding it tolerable, possibly enjoyable for a 1/play per year rotation.  I dunno.
 



I never hated this song but thought it was way OTT when it came out. It was still a lot of fun. There were similarly idiosyncratic  and , impossible-to-categorize songs during that era. They broke the plodding regularity of FM radio. 

I had a epiphany similar to yours on that school field trip--except mine was with my parents. Amazing that despite raising three boys with very LOUD tastes in music, Mom and Dad never listened that much to our music. Years later, my parents are in their 80s and somehow hear of Freddie Mercury. I showed them the Queen video for this song. They were astonished by Mercury's voice and range. 
Rami Malek (right) to play Freddie in upcoming biopic.
Hmmm, guess we'll have to wait and see . . .
https://images.firstpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Untitled-design-21.jpg
In those days it openened a whole new world to my ears
That's rock-classical{#Dancingbanana}
No matter how hard you try you will never be able to escape this song, with the exception of possible emigrating to another planet only to find out they were playing it there!  I hated this song so much when it first came out.  Then when Wayne's world came out and I was a parent on a bus on a school field trip all of the kids on the bus were singing  Bohemian Rhapsody in it's entirety -  well it was pretty amazing and impressive.  Now in my "older" years I am finding it tolerable, possibly enjoyable for a 1/play per year rotation.  I dunno.
Friday morning chair dancing - thank you, Freddie Mercury, Queen, and RP.  {#Roflol}
Overplayed and overrated.
Of course, everyone knows by now

https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/bohemian-rhapsody
 lizardking wrote:

I suppose I have to disagree with you that RP "rebels against" the hits.  The term 'eclectic' does not exclude the hits in anyway.  And just because something is pop-music (remember, POP comes from POPULAR) doesn't mean it's good or bad; just that it's 'en vogue' or 'a la mode' - and I'm sure that's part of why the ratings are so high for those tracks.  Besides, a lot of us believe that the late 60s to late 70s (pre-disco) were the height of Rock-Pop just like the 30s were the height of big band-Pop or the 2000s the height of 'auto-tune crap-Pop' LOL

And I say LONG LIVE RP and thanks to BnR for continuing to play what they want...it is THEIR station, and they'll play what they wanna play.... Otherwise, I don't think we'd hear ANYTHING at all. 



 
Of course, I agree with that, especially the gratitude.  That's why I listen.  What I'm on about is the ratings, which absurdly overrate the familiar.  

I know it verges on sacrilege but I’ve never liked this song. Back in the days when I still cared what was in the charts it was number one for months and played endlessly. I didn’t even care for the video. I liked Queens early stuff but grew to hate this tune. However I had to keep my feelings to myself as all my crowd thought it was a masterwork and I didn’t have the strength of character to stand up and declare my dislike.  However I’m 60 on my next birthday and I now feel I can ‘out’ myself and say I think this song is overblown, overlong, overplayed pretentious crap!

I feel so much better for that. 

 cely wrote:
It's curious how on a radio station that rebels against hit/classic radio, the hits and the classics usually receive the highest ratings. 

 
Just because you heard it on the radio doesn't mean it's bad music.
This is so tragic.  Life had just begun.
Should technology help resuscitate Freddie (or MJ or John) out of their DNA one day?
this is not needed
Love the song, but curious why two times in one day...
 cely wrote:
It's curious how on a radio station that rebels against hit/classic radio, the hits and the classics usually receive the highest ratings. 

 
I suppose I have to disagree with you that RP "rebels against" the hits.  The term 'eclectic' does not exclude the hits in anyway.  And just because something is pop-music (remember, POP comes from POPULAR) doesn't mean it's good or bad; just that it's 'en vogue' or 'a la mode' - and I'm sure that's part of why the ratings are so high for those tracks.  Besides, a lot of us believe that the late 60s to late 70s (pre-disco) were the height of Rock-Pop just like the 30s were the height of big band-Pop or the 2000s the height of 'auto-tune crap-Pop' LOL

And I say LONG LIVE RP and thanks to BnR for continuing to play what they want...it is THEIR station, and they'll play what they wanna play.... Otherwise, I don't think we'd hear ANYTHING at all. 


 nancynancy wrote:
{#Dancingbanana_2}OMG!!!!OMG!OMG!OMG!

Thank you!!!! I really needed this today!!!!
{#Dancingbanana_2}

 
Exactly the same feeling !!!
{#Dancingbanana_2}OMG!!!!OMG!OMG!OMG!

Thank you!!!! I really needed this today!!!!
{#Dancingbanana_2}
Increasing from 8 - Most Excellent to  9 - O U T S T A N D I N G       TY Queen  and TY RP
 cely wrote:
It's curious how on a radio station that rebels against hit/classic radio, the hits and the classics usually receive the highest ratings. 

 
It's not that Bill is rebelling against hit/classic rock.  He's promoting music that deserves airplay.  Often the "classics" are deserving of airplay, even if you can hear them elsewhere.  For people like me who avoid terrestrial radio whenever possible, it's nice to hear a great old song thrown in with the new ones.
The regular version of this song no longer does it for me. I prefer the derivations!

LONDON, ENGLAND Green Day Crowd Singing Bohemian Rhapsody - Hyde Park July 1st, 2017

The Muppets sing Bohemian Rhapsody

an iPhone sings Bohemian Rhapsody


 Steely_D wrote:
Brilliant, legendary, mind blowing when we first heard it come out.
Now, although it's still great, it makes me wish I could hear more 10cc.
 
Seconded; a great song that I never need to hear again.
Now 10cc, I could think of lots of their tunes I'd like to hear!
It's curious how on a radio station that rebels against hit/classic radio, the hits and the classics usually receive the highest ratings. 
 gratefulgator wrote:

This song is forever linked in my mind to Wayne's World.

 
I have a friend now. :) Me too. Car scene!
Brilliant, legendary, mind blowing when we first heard it come out.

Now, although it's still great, it makes me wish I could hear more 10cc.
 Freddie Mercury's birth name is Farrokh Bulsara. He really liked those brits... why are they actively preventing further gems like him?

bm.deavenport613 wrote:

Agreed, There were lots of gems from their first three albums and many after this album. Most got no air play so if you didn't listen to the entire LP you missed out on them.

 


I really, really miss Freddie....{#Frown}
 Hannio wrote:
I imagine Gale Boetticher frequently sang this at karaoke bars.
 
A Br Ba reference, Nice!
41 years ago this week, this was number one in UK charts. Still remember it like it was yesterday!
 ppopp wrote:
Great Queen song, but if you like BR, there are some others worth giving a listen to which are no less outstanding:
Millionaire Waltz (A Day AT The Races)
March Of The Black Queen (Queen II)
Spread Your Wings (News Of The World, although my fave version is on Live Killers)
You Take My Breath Away (A Day At The Races - not as layered, but immeasurably tender).
Innuendo - (Innuendo) 

 
Agreed, There were lots of gems from their first three albums and many after this album. Most got no air play so if you didn't listen to the entire LP you missed out on them.
 ppopp wrote:
Great Queen song, but if you like BR, there are some others worth giving a listen to which are no less outstanding:
Millionaire Waltz (A Day AT The Races)
March Of The Black Queen (Queen II)
Spread Your Wings (News Of The World, although my fave version is on Live Killers)
You Take My Breath Away (A Day At The Races - not as layered, but immeasurably tender).
Innuendo - (Innuendo) 

 


I love this song and album, I just wish they would play more stuff from their first three albums. Their best stuff and their live shows from this period were epic. Most people only know their stuff from the 80's. They earned their chops on the road playing live. Just a suggestion, watch the blue ray offering of live at the Rainbow from 1974 or their live from the Hammersmith Odeon in 75. The boys put on some shows.
 Prius wrote:
Just gave it a 9, but changed it to 10 (as no 12 is available).

 
Ditto
 
MAMMA MIA MAMMA MIA!
I imagine Gale Boetticher frequently sang this at karaoke bars.
This song goes up to 11.
 boomman8139 wrote:
 Actually, I get a mental vision of the muppets when I hear this, it's the best "cover"...

 
This song is forever linked in my mind to Wayne's World.
Once every couple of day's is not enough... Think about it...
Who can vote this less than 10??
What can be said anything other than genius 
Here's an excellent rendition, from the back of a police car:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqymcJRSbxI
Saw a bit with Brian May on the anniversary of the album an he  said Freddy basically had most of it in his head when they recorded it.

Too bad Freddy went so yearly imagine the stuff he still had in him.
924 votes of "10", plus mine = 925.

"Got a moose, got a moose, will you do the fandango?"

What a perfect way to end my workday......{#Cheesygrin} 
Perfection. 
 boomman8139 wrote:
Took the edge right off, huh, Bill?

  Actually, I get a mental vision of the muppets when I hear this, it's the best "cover"...


Just gave it a 9, but changed it to 10 (as no 12 is available).
i have got to go and search out info about this song
would love to know all about the writing, producing, recording etc
sounds good today
in the past i would not pay much attention to it 
Took the edge right off, huh, Bill?
10 is not enough
Ok let's relax and just enjoy a true gem On RP or elsewhere !
Bombastic. Ballsy. Brilliant. Opera and rock as a hybrid? One of the very few songs that's been played to death on the dinosaur of FM radio and not spur one to flip the channel mumbling wtf. 
oh, totally: if you don't like this for the rock, you have to like it for the comedy. 


AhhtheMusic wrote:
This one makes me laugh.  Soooooooooooo much drama...but what does one expect from this parody by Queen?  I can only imagine what this is like on stage as an opera.  Oh the costuming, the dancing, the set, its all on the edge of my seat outrageous.  Love it!

 


This one makes me laugh.  Soooooooooooo much drama...but what does one expect from this parody by Queen?  I can only imagine what this is like on stage as an opera.  Oh the costuming, the dancing, the set, its all on the edge of my seat outrageous.  Love it!
ok - massively overplayed so I..........

wait a minute,,, one of the greatest songs of the rock era and a definitive song from my formative years....

{#Bananajam}{#Clap} 

Play it again and again and again....... 
Groan....   I never did 'get' this song.  First PSD today.
A fun , creative work......loved it the first 200 times i heard it.........liked it the next 100.......sadly overplayed.  Sorry to have to rate it "5"
A 10 if there is any.
 fredriley wrote:
(snip)

Had Freddie Mercury not gone into rock, he'd have been a great tenor. Discuss :)

 
...i had a bet Pavarotti would live to be 70.
Just lost a tenner . . .
{#Smile}
Great Queen song, but if you like BR, there are some others worth giving a listen to which are no less outstanding:
Millionaire Waltz (A Day AT The Races)
March Of The Black Queen (Queen II)
Spread Your Wings (News Of The World, although my fave version is on Live Killers)
You Take My Breath Away (A Day At The Races - not as layered, but immeasurably tender).
Innuendo - (Innuendo) 
Ok this was Queen at their finest.. but please not on RP..
the mix was working.. and then this.. out damned spot.{#Evil}
 greiffenstein wrote:
Although I agree it has to be among the top 5 greatest rock songs ever composed, I do hope it gets played very rarely from here on.  It's become like some of my family members.  Love it...but don't want to listen to it. 
 
{#Lol}
I do prefer the Wayne's World version though ...
Although I agree it has to be among the top 5 greatest rock songs ever composed, I do hope it gets played very rarely from here on.  It's become like some of my family members.  Love it...but don't want to listen to it. 
 {#Clap}boober wrote:

Great story Bill

Just Chill!



 


A masterpiece of production and engineering. {#Jump}

Great story Bill

Just Chill!


Just the best!  And what memories is sparks.
And across the globe, countless people begin to lip-sync in a very silly, yet entirely respectable, fashion....
 Baby_M wrote:
No knock on the original, but I'm rather fond of the Muppets' cover version.
 
Beaker made it really rock
Godlike!!!!! ♥♥♥
spicy port
simply iconic....no, didn't see it back in the 70s but I get it now...{#Daisy} ...ah, wisdom...{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}{#Bananasplit}{#Yell}
perrrrrrrrrrfection {#Crown}
"Overplayed" has nothing to do with the merit of the song itself.
Rise above, kids, rise above.
I that that instead of "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, this song should've been included in the gold record sent into space via Voyager, as an example of what Earthling music sounds like ... on the rock side (this or "A Day In The Life" by The Beatles).
No knock on the original, but I'm rather fond of the Muppets' cover version.

 ChrisVIII wrote:
I wasn't born when Queen was at it's highest and I have to say that it is not so easy to understand or it's not such an automatic love with most of their songs.... I understand that for many of you, their songs are connected to a certain period of your life and the songs have a special value because they bring you back there or wake those memories. For me, the songs are clearly from a different era. It's not necessarily bad, this one sounds "retro" but is getting old quite well ( a good part of their work is ). 

 
This was one-of-a-kind back in the day, trust me. As far as I could tell, it's about as operatic and OTT as the band got. That's the appeal of it, though: the song races all the place and teeters on the edge of self-parody but draws groups of people into singing along. A good tune for getting smashed at the pub. 

Queen's not for everyone, but Freddie had an amazing voice—one of the best ever in rock n' roll.  
I wasn't born when Queen was at it's highest and I have to say that it is not so easy to understand or it's not such an automatic love with most of their songs.... I understand that for many of you, their songs are connected to a certain period of your life and the songs have a special value because they bring you back there or wake those memories. For me, the songs are clearly from a different era. It's not necessarily bad, this one sounds "retro" but is getting old quite well ( a good part of their work is ). 
This bears comparison with classical opera. Before I'm accused of trolling, I mean in the melodramatic over-the-top sense of opera. If you look at operas like Tosca or Figaro or whatever, if they weren't being sung the storylines would be the most godawful cheesy melodrama. Similarly, with this classic, for all that it doesn't have the compositional complexity of opera, it certainly does have its bombast, its drama, and its outrageous sense of being de trop. Unlike much opera, though, Queen clearly had their musical tongue firmly in cheek.

Had Freddie Mercury not gone into rock, he'd have been a great tenor. Discuss :)
A solid 2 for the song .
10 for the kitty . 
 bendame wrote:
Over, over, over, over played !!!!!!!!!

Next !!!!!! 
 
Not only that, but it's just as outright OBNOXIOUS today as it was then.
 JrzyTmata wrote:

yowling cat on kitty tower mangling lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody 


Baby_M wrote:

Bump.

 
And again
Over, over, over, over played !!!!!!!!!

Next !!!!!! 
10 for the sheer over-the-top outrageous quality of this song.  Also, the first 45 I ever bought...
Nice one!
10  -  Reminds me on the best part of my youth.
I have it on MFSL premium vinyl {#Hungry} {#Sunny}{#Bananapiano}
 lemmoth wrote:

Right on brother.

 
i guess you had to be there to fully appreciate it.

i am waiting for a true operatic singers version at the Metropolitan!   
I got the 45 single of this song when I was 5 years old. Today, my 8 year old nephew and teenage nieces love this song from "performing" it on Rock Band, almost 40 years later. To call it a timeless classic would be an understatement. 
A 10+ !!
mcullers wrote:
The only good thing about this song is that it is long enough for PSD not to play over the beginning of the next song.

 
 {#Doh}   Is it possible to know what is a good song for you ? Some examples should help to understand your comment
 NeuroGeek wrote:
At the risk of repeating myself...(too lazy to search old posts)....the Muppets version of this on You Tube is one of the frickin' funniest things I've ever seen...but you probably have to be a Muppet fan to truly appreciate it.

 

Thank you, thank you.  Your post made me search.  It is awesome, hysterical, dare I say, a work of art!
 coloradojohn wrote:
A friend and I came to tears when this came on during a stoner drive up into the foothills from Boulder, right after I had these new speakers installed in the rear deck of my old '61 Impala...must have been maybe '83, and we were on the Peak to Peak Highway near a sky-blue-shining lake under a gleaming white glacier...the vibrations from the cavernous trunk, the soaring highs bouncing off the glass, the massive power-amp I had hooked up to my new auto-reverse cassette player — not to mention, Freddy's voice and the music of his bandmates — made me pull it over so we could sit and let this mad mod-rock symphony crush us into the next life like a giant freaking tidal wave...  FANTASTIC!

 
Right on brother.