How Queen's Producers Nearly Deprived the World of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

“This is one of those songs that make you fantasize! I think that people should just listen to it, think about it and then build their assumptions about what the song said to them, ”Mercury himself once said.

As producers of Queen» almost doomed the group's main hit - the facts about the release of "Bohemian Rhapsody"

«Bohemian Rhapsody» - a truly cult song, an ageless hit that became an instant jump to Olympus for the Queen group. Written by the incomparable Freddie Mercury, the song successfully completed the album "A Night At The Opera" and saw a light in the middle 70s years! Decades later, its popularity and fame have not faded, but on the contrary, they have multiplied: combining rock and opera, Bohemian Rhapsody continues to delight people around the world and draws attention to its author, who, unfortunately, is no longer with us. But it is worth delving into the history of this composition, as little-known and frightening facts surface. For example, did you know that the producers almost doomed main hit queen?

"Too Long for Radio"

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen - still from the movie
"Bohemian Rhapsody" - "Queen", still from the film

In 2018, a film of the same name was released with Rami Malekom starring. Malek played the frontman of the "Queen" Freddie Mercury, for which he received "Golden Globe". In the film, this moment was shown in all colors, namely: when Freddie and the group recorded their most outstanding rock-opera hit and brought it to the producers, they received, to put it mildly, a refusal.

Of course, there was a conflict, but not out of the blue. Mercury felt «Bohemian Rhapsody» on a cosmic level - every note, every line played an important role for him! And then the producers say that the song is "too long for the radio" and that they agree to release it, but the track will have to be shortened. Freddie was not going to "cut" his creation, and therefore left the office with a scandal! The singer was furious that people around did not see what a masterpiece he and Queen had created.

Even comrade Mercury Elton John insisted that the song should be shortened. Yes, this Queen was clearly not expected. After Mercury's death, at the tribute in 1992, John will perform this wonderful work, which lasts almost six minutes.


There is always a way out

Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury

Any other frontman, most likely, would have given up and agreed to the terms of the producers, but not Freddie Mercury. Queen Vocalist possessed incredible internal energy, charisma, as well as a sharp mind and resourcefulness! He did not give up, but decided to play this game by his own rules.

Queen Group

Mercury took the recording to a local radio station and agreed with DJto play the song in its entirety. Freddie had a natural charm and easily won over people, so there were no problems here. The experiment went off without a hitch. The listeners clearly liked the song, and after a few days «Bohemian Rhapsody» appeared on the air of the radio station several times a day! There was a day when the DJ played this track more than ten times, and it was a clear signal. But even without that, Freddie knew that the song was beautiful. His purpose was different.

Producers were left with no choice

Freddie Mercury and Brian May
Freddie Mercury and Brian May

The public soon fell in love «Bohemian Rhapsody»! People rushed to music stores in search of a favorite radio hit, but they were disappointed: "Bohemian Rhapsody" was not on sale! This ultimately forced the label to raise the white flag and agree to release the song as a single. Entirely, completely, without any changes. And it was the only right decision!

Success and influence


As a result, "Bohemian Rhapsody" became the band's cult legacy. Queen and Freddie Mercury in particular! Not a single live performance of the group could do without this song: for example, "Bohemian Rhapsody" graced the cult show "Queen" on "Live Aid." - International Charitable Music Festival in 1985! Then, after the performance of the group, already mentioned above Elton John approached Freddie Mercury and said: "Damn, you stole this show!"

Curious fact: the music video filmed for the song by the director Bruce Gowers, scored over 1.4 billion views on YouTube! And this is only for 14 years, and what will happen next. Released with little controversy, "Bohemian Rhapsody" has become a cult musical legacy and an immortal hit whose true meaning remains a mystery!

“This is one of those songs that make you fantasize! I think that people should just listen to it, think about it and then build their assumptions about what the song said to them, ”Mercury himself once said.

Young Freddie Mercury
Young Freddie Mercury

In this he is right: it is not always worth revealing to the world all the secrets of your creation.


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