Origins, Legacy of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ the Focus of Latest ‘The Greatest’ YouTube Series Episode (Watch)


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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Those two questions are now iconic parts of music — and pop culture — history, but back in 1975 it was just the opening lines of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the grandiose, tempo-shifting track that would become the first No. 1 hit for Queen.

The story of the groundbreaking song is the focus of the latest episode of The Greatest, Queen’s ongoing YouTube series championing important moments in the English rock group‘s vaunted history.

It was “Bohemian Rhapsody,” of course, that is widely considered the basis of what would come to be known as “music videos,” the dramatic nature of the promo clip going a long way toward building its legacy.

Here’ the new episode:

Per a news release:

While the weeks of painstaking work in the studio to create this masterpiece are well documented, no one could have predicted that just four hours spent by the band at the UK’s Elstree Studios on the 10th of November would change the course of music history forever …

Brian May: “To be honest we weren’t too keen on going on ’Top of the Pops’ and standing on those little podiums and kind of miming Bohemian Rhapsody. It would have been really crap.”

Roger: “We used an outside broadcast sports unit to bring in their cameras into Elstree (Studios) where we were rehearsing. And we could go on the road and that (video) could be on Top of the Pops and we realized ‘wow’ you don’t even have to be here to promote your record now…just make one of these little video films and that’s got to be the way in the future. We were the first to do that.”

Freddie: “It’s the first video that actually took any kind of effect into actually making sales. A lot of videos were probably made before, but they didn’t sell records. I think that’s the first that actually worked.”

As for the previous installments in the Queen — The Greatest series, here’s a handy YouTube playlist so you can catch up on what you’ve missed thus far.


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