Tuesday, 1 December 2009

With gusto

Many of you will already have seen the Muppets do 'Bohemian Rhapsody' that is doing the rounds (see here). I like the singing bananas but overall I much prefer this version (and the original of course):





What a song – even with the Myers factor it takes you right back, doesn't it? 1975...watching it on 'Top of the Pops' week after week after week...would it still be number one? I loved it...and Freddie's miraculous teeth...and the above clip is timely too because just the other day Mark and I were doing a good impression of Wayne and co as we were singing along in the car to Meat Loaf's 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light' (remember we've been on a rediscover '70s rock classics trip lately?). We were singing with such Waynesque...enthusiasm that our Girl looked quite shocked. 'Are we scaring you?' I asked. 'Er, no,' she said, obviously not quite sure what to make of the ageing karaoke up front. I guess we are moving into embarrassing parents territory about now. It's fun, huh? Altogether now...


p.s. Liz Gallagher here on Thursday (right, Liz?).


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17 comments:

Rachel Fenton said...

Parents were invited to sing along during special assembly last week - my daughter gave me the dead eye!

sunnydunny said...

Have to admit that's also my 2nd favourite version, after the original.

Rachel Fox said...

Were you doing harmonies, Rachel?

Yes, Colin, it's great. Especially the headbanging.

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Liz said...

Oh yes, I watched this one on Top of the Pops too...ah the memories! ; )

(yes, Rachel, gearing up for it and wondering what to bring you as a pressie to remind you of your Spanish days...a bottle of Rioja, maybe or a selection of tapas?? Hasta el jueves entonces! : ))

swiss said...

ah, being an embarassing parent. the joys!

once i sang of my love for my daughter from the top level of a shopping arcade in falkirk. after a sequence of such displays, including public dancing, she swore she'd never go out with me again if i pulled another such stunt. i;d told her she'd appreciate it in later life.

she remains unconvinced....

swiss said...

and much as t loves the muppets i'm a lego man and my top favourite lego vids are rammstein's feuer frei
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxUZUnRwH7s
or system of a lego's sugar, the front man of which is a frankly angry lego fellow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR4mTqq80I8

Poetikat said...

When I was a teenager, I wrote out all the lyrics to "Bohemian Rhapsody" and drew a cover page with the band the way they had appeared on "The Midnight Special" ( a kind of U.S. Top of the Pops). I still know every word and note of that song. Have not seen the video, but I'm going to right now.
Have not seen "Wayne's World" in its entirety, but I enjoyed the clip.

Poetikat said...

I think the chickens were a poor choice. I would like to have seen "Animal" and "Beaker" in there.

Rachel Fox said...

Oh I never drink at work, Liz! Awaiting your message.

I'm sure you can do worse, Swiss. Write a poem about her that gets published in every anthology in the land perhaps?

That is very much the best bit of W's World as far as I can remember, Kat. And yes, I like muppets (loved them as a nipper)but their BR isn't that mindblowing.

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The Weaver of Grass said...

Those were the days' They don't sing them like that any more.

Titus said...

I prefer this to the original - oh, those endless weeks of waiting for the number 1 to be announced on Top of the Pops only for it to be Freddie and co again and that video. Much the same with the Bryan Adams run.

Never a big Queen fan, as you may have guessed, and more Bill and Ted than Wayne's World. Did enjoy this though!

hope said...

Oh the head banging part in the car still gives me a headache just thinking about it!

And yet, I can't hear that song now without seeing that scene. :)

Dominic Rivron said...

Great to be reminded of Wayne's World. I'll have to dig out the VHS. Off to check out the Muppets...

Totalfeckineejit said...

Am, I the only person in the universe not to have seen Wayne's world? Looking forward to Liz's visit.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Don't ask me why there is a comma after Am.
I'm as bemused and shocked by it's presence as all of you.

Rachel Fox said...

As I posted this Weaver I was wondering what new bands/pop songs could come close the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in the crazy words, breaking all rules for pop stakes. I'm sure there are some but it's impossible to keep up with the pop charts forever (and I lost sight of them some while back). There are always musicians doing crazy, ambitious things...but to get to the top of the charts with them...that's partly what's so unusual about this song. And really it was all about Freddie - he was so full-on brilliant. And no, I don't think Robbie Williams etc. are really getting near that kind of showmanship (and singing).

I wouldn't call myself a Queen fan, Titus, but I did like this song and a few others. 'We are the champions' was not one of those others...And no, I'm not really a Wayne's World (or M Myers) fan either (found Austin Powers spectacularly unfunny) but I like the WW scene. It's so well observed. And it's fun.

Not a headbanger, Hope?

TFE...your comma's not too bad but you may be prosecuted by the apostrophe police for that it's in the second comment.

Hi Dominic.

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Rachel Fox said...

And then I go and miss a 'to' out of the first sentence.
Ah ha!
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