The release of Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of members of Queen, is just around the corner. From the trailers, we know that Rami Malek is going to be brilliant but fans are keenly waiting to hear the behind-the-scenes stories of popular Queen tracks. How they were made, what went behind making the videos and all the trivia that they have ever wanted to know. Since the film project has been closely overlooked by the surviving members of the band, we can surely expect some stories that we have never heard before.
Before you head to the theaters to watch the film, here’s some trivia about 12 of the most popular Queen songs.
1. Bohemian Rhapsody – A Night at the Opera (1975)
The most popular of all Queen songs, Bohemian Rhapsody is synonymous with the band’s name today. In the documentary, Inside the Rhapsody, surviving members of the band talk about the lyrics and say that only Freddie knew why he wrote it. Even if they know what inspired Freddie Mercury to write it, they have never declared it on record.
2. We Are The Champions – News of the World (1977)
This was Freddie Mercury’s version of “My Way” by Frank Sinatra and the songwriter revealed the same years ago. Lead guitarist Brian May also said, “We wanted to get the crowds waving and singing. It’s very unifying and positive.’ The track was used as the official theme song for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
3. We Will Rock You – News of the World (1977)
Written by Brian May, this along with “We Are The Champions” were written with the thought of audience participation. Because of its simple rhythm, the audience could easily participate.
4. Killer Queen – Sheer Heart Attack (1974)
Written by Freddie Mercury, this was the first big hit of the band. although it was from their third album, the song became huge soon after its release. Katy Perry once revealed that this song had a huge impact on her during her teen years. She later named her perfume ‘Killer Queen’.
5. Somebody To Love – A Day at the Races (1976)
With layered vocals, this was a kind of call back to the band’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Drummer Roger Taylor said that the gospel like vocals used in the track were inspired by Aretha Franklin.
6. Another One Bites The Dust – The Game (1980)
Bass player John Deacon wrote this song which is still popular at sporting events. The makers of Rocky 3 wanted to use the track in the movie and even shot with it but later could not obtain permission. For the replacement, Survivor created “Eye Of The Tiger”.
7. Radio Ga Ga – The Works (1984)
Written by Roger Taylor, the song was penned to convey how television was taking over radio as a medium. Music videos had become a huge trend and radio was losing its value, even for music. It was quite ironic as the band had already made waves with “Bohemian Rhapsody” video almost a decade ago. It is said that Lady Gaga took her name after this track.
8. I Want To Break Free – The Works (1984)
Written by John Deacon, this song generated a lot of controversy in US for its music video. The video had members dressed in drag costumes which was actually a parody of the long running British soap Coronation Streer. MTV USA banned the song and the track’s popularity was largely affected in that market.
9. The Show Must Go On – Innuendo (1991)
The band recorded this track in 1990 and by then, Freddie Mercury was too sick to even stand. The singer had been diagnosed with HIV and was coping with severe symptoms of AIDS. Brian May was quite concerned about Freddie singing this but Freddie told him “I’ll f***ing do it darling”, gulped down some vodka, and sang.
10. Under Pressure – Hot Space (1982)
This was Queen’s collaboration with David Bowie and a treat for all fans. All the members of the band and Bowie are credited as songwriters here. This track evolved from a jam session the band had with Bowie at Queen’s studio in Montreux, Switzerland.
11. Don’t Stop Me Now – Jazz (1978)
Brian May was not very convinced with this track at the time and mainly because he was quite concerned about Freddie Mercury as during this phase the lead Queen singer was doing a lot of drugs. He felt that the song promoted the ‘throwing caution in the wind’ attitude and felt a little reckless.
12. It’s A Hard Life – The Works (1984)
Brian May and Roger Taylor found the music video for this song quite bizarre. Taylor said that he “actually loved the song, but hated the video.” He also said that “the most stupid music video ever made.”
Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of the Queen members, starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor and Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon releases on November 16.