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Queen — Bohemian Rhapsody
Album: A Night At The Opera
Avg rating:
8.5

Your rating:
Total ratings: 5460









Released: 1975
Length: 5:48
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...
Comments (835)add comment
 rpdevotee wrote:

How is RP any different from mainstream radio at this point?



Well, the lack of commercials for one... and the abundance of music you won't hear on mainstream radio stations for another. But there is always the "next" button if a certain song isn't your particular cup of Earl Grey. 
 idiot_wind wrote:


And this is part of the problem.  In the 1970s, there were so many great albums...they became almost commonplace.  We got spoiled on the never ending grand buffet. 

In some ways, today music is a barren, beat up wooden table that only presents us with a bowl of boiled potatoes and a pitcher of warm water. 

If we're starving that looks fantastic and some will brag about how great it is (e.g., Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire, etc.).  But for others, we just shrug our shoulders and remember that grand buffet.

In the 70s labels gave (indulged) bands with bucket loads of money to go to a studio and come up with something. Something often brilliant, not always but often. Today, so much more cookie cutter material that’s barely good enough massaged into the listeners’ feeds by algorithmic hoo-haa. My adage: ‘sellers gotta sell’., a horrible industry of puff and meaningless adjectification.

It's a 10.... it's a fucking 10... you were either there or you appreciate it now.  Other than that, well bless your heart.
 Stratocaster wrote:

Back in ‘75 when this came on the radio, I swore Freddie was singing “Got a moose, got a moose, will you do the fandango?” Man I still love this song.


No, you got it right.  The lyrics above are wrong.

I blame Artificial Intelligence.  Another example of socially damaging disinformation.
 idiot_wind wrote:


And this is part of the problem.  In the 1970s, there were so many great albums...they became almost commonplace.  We got spoiled on the never ending grand buffet. 

In some ways, today music is a barren, beat up wooden table that only presents us with a bowl of boiled potatoes and a pitcher of warm water. 

If we're starving that looks fantastic and some will brag about how great it is (e.g., Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire, etc.).  But for others, we just shrug our shoulders and remember that grand buffet.

Oh dear.  I prescribe a higher dose of Radio Paradise.
 mcullers wrote:

This song is like novelty ice cream treats. It's a fun snack when you're a kid, but not fit for a meal.


Sad you have lost your childlike delight.
 ziggytrix wrote:

Thanks for the links.  Enjoyed them all.  

I also read the bio, wherein Queen  reached multiple platinum records.  For this cover, I believe the Muppets won a Uranium record.  They earned glowing reviews.
Look at all those 10's!!
We are a good batch of listeners, making a good meal with this.
Galileo, an Italian astronomer, and Figaro, a fictional barber, are juxtaposed without any apparent reason. Is this an attempt to bridge the worlds of science and opera? Or is it merely a random assemblage of names that sound melodically pleasing? What is the connection between Renaissance astronomy and 18th-century barbering?
 mcullers wrote:

This song is like novelty ice cream treats. It's a fun snack when you're a kid, but not fit for a meal.



I would suggest the precise opposite. 
This song is like novelty ice cream treats. It's a fun snack when you're a kid, but not fit for a meal.
 Easyrider wrote:

Almost half a century old and as brilliant as it was the day it was released.👍



And this is part of the problem.  In the 1970s, there were so many great albums...they became almost commonplace.  We got spoiled on the never ending grand buffet. 

In some ways, today music is a barren, beat up wooden table that only presents us with a bowl of boiled potatoes and a pitcher of warm water. 

If we're starving that looks fantastic and some will brag about how great it is (e.g., Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire, etc.).  But for others, we just shrug our shoulders and remember that grand buffet.

I was lucky to see them twice. One, A night at the Opera tour at the Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland and Two, The Radio Gaga tour at Sun City, RSA.
Both gigs were fantastically over over the top and definitely a moment in rock history, for me anyways.    
Anytime Queen comes on, I wonder how incredibly lucky are those that managed to watch them live at least once. Pure beauty
RP, you continue to blow my mind! What kind of Nutcrackers are you?
 Easyrider wrote:

Almost half a century old and as brilliant as it was the day it was released.👍



Just came here to say exactly the same thing. Still needs the volume cranking up and a face splitting grin!
Almost half a century old and as brilliant as it was the day it was released.👍
Damn... Bohemian Rapsody right after The Nutcracker in any given wednesday morning at Mexico City. You guys at RP are great to refresh my brain!!
 idiot_wind wrote:

For all you born after 1975,  it's hard to describe the feeling you get hearing this song (plus a hundred others) for the first time, either in a 1964 Impala with Pioneer super tuner and Jensen speakers, or with head phones in your bedroom, staring into the darkness. 

Much stronger than most drugs.  Really. 




Headphones are why I now have very expensive earbuds (hearing aids).
 gijsberth1614 wrote:

Why. People can just don't like it. For me it is a 2. Maybe well orchestrated but i really don't like the sound.

Well phrased!
This is a 10 IMO - but  it would be a pretty boring world if all of us liked everything.
 RussellNelson wrote:


3 to 5 percent of people are simply rotten. When you identify them, you should shun them. You cannot fix them.



Why. People can just don't like it. For me it is a 2. Maybe well orchestrated but i really don't like the sound.
 giammin wrote:

how could 143 people give 1 rating



3 to 5 percent of people are simply rotten. When you identify them, you should shun them. You cannot fix them.
I still remember how there was a resurgence of interest in this song in late 1981.  I'm guessing it was the fallout from the movie "Flash Gordon".
 
Oddly enough I don't have any memory of Bohemian Rhapsody before 1981.  Almost the entirety of what the rock stations played was "Killer Queen", "Best Friend", "We Are The Champions" and "Bicycle Race".  Speaking of... it would be pretty awesome to hear "Killer Queen" on RP.
Back in ‘75 when this came on the radio, I swore Freddie was singing “Got a moose, got a moose, will you do the fandango?” Man I still love this song.
Katmandu - Bela Fleck.
Burning - Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen. 



This, right here, THIS is why i listen to and support RP. 
 idiot_wind wrote:

Good luck in finding bands today, that would even try something like this. 

Foo Fighters? Arcade Fire? Nope. They ain't got the talent, balls, creativity, desire, gumption,  or attention span.   

The Decemberists did a nice job with their song cycle. Not everyone's cuppa, but hey.
c.

For all you born after 1975,  it's hard to describe the feeling you get hearing this song (plus a hundred others) for the first time, either in a 1964 Impala with Pioneer super tuner and Jensen speakers, or with head phones in your bedroom, staring into the darkness. 

Much stronger than most drugs.  Really. 
"If you're gonna spew, spew into this..."
Good luck in finding bands today, that would even try something like this. 

Foo Fighters? Arcade Fire? Nope. They ain't got the talent, balls, creativity, desire, gumption,  or attention span.   
rpdevotee wrote: How is RP any different from mainstream radio at this point?


scott_bruce wrote:

The verb that is in vogue now is "curate." It used to be that curators were those that organized museum exhibits. Now it means anyone who customizes some kind of arrangement.

... To those with an open mind, hearing old TOP 40 songs carefully interspersed among a wide variety of alternative music allows one to hear music in a different context - to appreciate the music with a different frame of mind, and to hopefully allow you to enjoy that music to its pure form and for the memories and emotions that it conjures.


As with so many RP listeners, who hit the thumbs up button,  I love the way scott_bruce puts this. 

In an interview in 2004 with Dave Belfer-Shevett of Planet-Geek.com, Bill said:

“[I] spent the 1970s working for a variety of stations in California & Hawaii – mostly of the hippie-underground variety. That’s when I developed my idea of how radio *should* be done: turning a DJ loose in a music library, with no goal in mind but to entertain & educate his (or her) listeners, creating a seamless flow that spanned decades, genres, and styles.”

Like Bill, and many RP listeners, in the mid-60s I would be up late into the night listening to those 50KW top-40 radio stations. At night KOMA blanketed Western North America (I listened to it when I lived in Colorado, and once heard it, "skip distance," on my way to Yellowknife NWT, " in the Canadian North). WKBW likewise blanketed the East, and there were many others. Then came the "hippie underground" approach to programming, as Bill aptly terms it. 

I first came across curated radio programming in the late 60s in Montreal. CHOM had a DJ named Doug Pringle who was doing something like what Bill and Rebecca have carried on. Doug would play beautiful, or tasty, (sometimes quirky) musical numbers in combinations that made you stop to figure out the connections. Brilliant! But I thought it had disappeared. Then I found RP. 

Does that answer the question about how RP differs from the mainstream?
 thewiseking wrote:

If not for SNL this would have remained in obscurity....where it belongs



Pfft!... poor take.
 Kaw wrote:

I have a lot of classical schooled professional musicians in the family. They tend to piss on everything after 1930. They literally never listen to pop- or rock music.

A few years back at a birthday party I heard one mumbling a few lines from this song, so I asked him: "Do you know this song?" He said: "Yes, I do! This song is crazy amazing!" A few other family members also agreed that this song is just a classical opera piece from the 20th century. And a good one.

Since then I tried Yes and Genesis on them because I think it's great music from a perspective of a professional musician, but had no luck. Bohemian rhapsody however...



Pachelbel and Beethoven throughout...
I want to rate this 10 but am forced to use "8-Most Excellent”.
Tsk, that Bill chap, always with the obscure album tracks.
I have a lot of classical schooled professional musicians in the family. They tend to piss on everything after 1930. They literally never listen to pop- or rock music.

A few years back at a birthday party I heard one mumbling a few lines from this song, so I asked him: "Do you know this song?" He said: "Yes, I do! This song is crazy amazing!" A few other family members also agreed that this song is just a classical opera piece from the 20th century. And a good one.

Since then I tried Yes and Genesis on them because I think it's great music from a perspective of a professional musician, but had no luck. Bohemian rhapsody however...
First video I ever recall seeing. It may have been on American Bandstand of all places.


Queen Bohemian Rhapsod GIFs | Tenor
 ProfessionalGeek wrote:

Anthony Scaramucci is in the news again. Every time I hear his name, I hear this song.
Scaramucci, Scaramucci, Will you do the fandango?

Amusing..

Scaramouche was a stock character of 16th century Italian and subsequent French comedic theatre of a clownish buffoon type.

 Stratocaster wrote:

I was 17 when this came out and all my friends HATED this song. Not me, though - I always loved it. Now I'm 63, and even though I have quite literally heard it tens of thousands of times, I always listen to it all the way through. It's still awesome.
My old friends are probably the people who voted this a "1".


My Mom is 83 - she saw them live twice and still sings along - LOUDLY. Mind you she's pretty good with Nirvana tracks too.. 
 melzabutch wrote:


 ZephyrListener wrote:

I used to love this song.  But it has been played so much that now I feel like puking when it comes on.



My mind always goes to Mike Myers/Wayne's World. Good memory (especially the head banging part).
I used to love this song.  But it has been played so much that now I feel like puking when it comes on.
What's with "Galileo" in the operatic passages?  Was Galileo actually mentioned in any opera before this song?  Or is it just a bit of namedropping to set the time period?
After being away from RP for some years I'm back and thoroughly enjoying Bill's tweaking of the format to include more Top 40 and more songs.  And this one's still a 10 for me.
 
A personal anecdote on this one - no need for anyone to read or comment on, but just thought i'd write-out the memory...

saw them in manhattan w/ friend on the tour for the album release.  as i recall, they opened with this with mercury silhouetted behind a white curtain with spotlight or something like that.
we were extremely stoned, and in a bit my friend was laughing uncontrollably, as this was the antithesis of another concert we had recently been to together - hot tuna @ c.w.post.  HT was loud and just jamming playing - straight forward.

of course the performance & song were very theatrical, entirely opposite of the hot tuna experience.

i have no desire to indicate preference for style - theatrical and straight-ahead r&r - both are perfect, each in their own time and way..  but i will opine:  whatever gets you off.  and the more things that do in life, the better.

enjoy!
 scott_bruce wrote:

The verb that is in vogue now is "curate." It used to be that curators were those that organized museum exhibits. Now it means anyone who customizes some kind of arrangement.

Like art museum curators, Bill and Rebecca work hard to "curate" a program of eclectic music for our personal enjoyment and education. Part of that experience is the exposure to music that you would not ordinarily listen to; and by carefully organizing and arranging that music it enhances the overall "listener experience". To those with an open mind, hearing old TOP 40 songs carefully interspersed among a wide variety of alternative music allows one to hear music in a different context - to appreciate the music with a different frame of mind, and to hopefully allow you to enjoy that music to its pure form and for the memories and emotions that it conjures.

Anyway, that is why I enjoy the occasional classic former-TOP40 song!



And as far as Former Top 40 songs go, sometimes a somewhat expert analysis can bring even more depth to the song. Pretty brill look into the song, how it came about, etc., also with help from an astrophysicist to boot.
What Makes This Song Great? Ep.107 QUEEN ... - youtube.com
Please remember in this one year, you could be listening these guys and all these other bands in their prime: 

Dylan's  Blood on the Tracks, Fleetwood Mac, Springsteen, Van Morrison,  Aerosmith, Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, The Who, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, etc. etc. etc.  

In one year.  That's one helluva benchmark. 
I was 17 when this came out and all my friends HATED this song. Not me, though - I always loved it. Now I'm 63, and even though I have quite literally heard it tens of thousands of times, I always listen to it all the way through. It's still awesome.
My old friends are probably the people who voted this a "1".
If not for SNL this would have remained in obscurity....where it belongs
 talexb wrote:

I got this album when it came out -- I was 17. Loved it to bits. What surprised me was my Dad asking to hear this track on my Radio Shack stereo.

He politely stood, listening intently, following along with the lyrics, while I sat, incredulous that he was taking an interest in music that was probably wildly outside his experience (born in '31). Once the track was over, he thanked me and left.


My old man was born in 1908 and he loved this.  I miss the old bugger.
Pure rock opera. A complex song with more references than you can wave a baton at. It was also one of the first ever music videos, and is still a classic.
 rpdevotee wrote:

How is RP any different from mainstream radio at this point?


Mainstream radio doesn't play music this good any more.
So, back in the '80s when I was a teenage and assumed myself to be one of the smartest people on earth, I started listening to this album at a fairly loud volume. One day, my oblivious Turkish father came into my bedroom while this was on and said to me, "you know Bismillah means to give a blessing in Arabic." To which I derisively laughed and said, "no Dad, he's talking about, like, his teacher 'Ms. Miller'." Geez, how clueless I thought my father was . . .
 scott_bruce wrote:

The verb that is in vogue now is "curate." It used to be that curators were those that organized museum exhibits. Now it means anyone who customizes some kind of arrangement.

Like art museum curators, Bill and Rebecca work hard to "curate" a program of eclectic music for our personal enjoyment and education. Part of that experience is the exposure to music that you would not ordinarily listen to; and by carefully organizing and arranging that music it enhances the overall "listener experience". To those with an open mind, hearing old TOP 40 songs carefully interspersed among a wide variety of alternative music allows one to hear music in a different context - to appreciate the music with a different frame of mind, and to hopefully allow you to enjoy that music to its pure form and for the memories and emotions that it conjures.

Anyway, that is why I enjoy the occasional classic former-TOP40 song!


i guess some people tire of looking at the Mona Lisa and Starry Night.  Those paintings are just too "Top-40" to enjoy any more. (sigh...)

Keep mixing in some classic songs, Bill & Rebecca!  oh, and this playing of Bohemian was sandwiched between Bombino and King Crimson...north african guitar and rock flute...totally eclectic mix.
 bowerp64 wrote:
This has to be one of the highest rated songs on RP. I bet Bill could tell us.

Top Lists
I could easily jump on the "this is musical genius" bandwagon. Instead, I leave you with William Maranci's interpretation of this song: an unfathomably smooth merging of the sacred and profane, the heavenly and cursed, the Godlike and Sucko-Barfo:

Bohemian Chadsody on YouTube
 bowerp64 wrote:
This has to be one of the highest rated songs on RP. I bet Bill could tell us.


Little Wing by Hendrix gets a 9.1.  That's the only one I know of that is over 9....
Before the internet I always wondered who Miss Miller was and why she wouldn't let them go...
 ace-marc wrote:
We have spoken.
And We have put you on The List.

Ha, that's actually funny.  I didn't think you had it in you.
 dwhayslett wrote:

Why do you think you get to decide what "we" need?


We have spoken.
And We have put you on The List.
This has to be one of the highest rated songs on RP. I bet Bill could tell us.
 ace-marc wrote:

Best Rock song ever? 
No, but the right band.
"It's Late" from News of the World is THE BEST ROCK SONG ever.
Please dive a little deeper Bill. 

We don't need to hear the obvious songs from Queen, or XTC, or .......



Who died and made you emperor of the universe? 

to think the band was totally against that song .. what we'd  have missed 
1975
 ace-marc wrote:

We don't need to hear the obvious songs from Queen, or XTC, or .......


Why do you think you get to decide what "we" need?
Best Rock song ever? 
No, but the right band.
"It's Late" from News of the World is THE BEST ROCK SONG ever.
Please dive a little deeper Bill. 

We don't need to hear the obvious songs from Queen, or XTC, or .......
 matadorsuns wrote:

Overplayed and overrated.




Well, you're half right.
 hcaudill wrote:

Sounds like a lot of people here need to lighten up. If you can't enjoy this once in a while something's wrong with you. As someone said below, Most Excellent is the only possible rating for this song.




I love Queen and really like this song. That said, moderation is the key. I just heard this on RP yesterday. A bit too soon I think. Still my 9 rating stands.
Nothing else sounded like this when it came out....and nothing else sounds like it now! A classic....
I got this album when it came out -- I was 17. Loved it to bits. What surprised me was my Dad asking to hear this track on my Radio Shack stereo.

He politely stood, listening intently, following along with the lyrics, while I sat, incredulous that he was taking an interest in music that was probably wildly outside his experience (born in '31). Once the track was over, he thanked me and left.
 scott_bruce wrote:

The verb that is in vogue now is "curate." It used to be that curators were those that organized museum exhibits. Now it means anyone who customizes some kind of arrangement.

Like art museum curators, Bill and Rebecca work hard to "curate" a program of eclectic music for our personal enjoyment and education. Part of that experience is the exposure to music that you would not ordinarily listen to; and by carefully organizing and arranging that music it enhances the overall "listener experience". To those with an open mind, hearing old TOP 40 songs carefully interspersed among a wide variety of alternative music allows one to hear music in a different context - to appreciate the music with a different frame of mind, and to hopefully allow you to enjoy that music to its pure form and for the memories and emotions that it conjures.

Anyway, that is why I enjoy the occasional classic former-TOP40 song!


Plus, it's GOOD music, not the other kind! : - )

 johnmunsonjr wrote:

You have to wonder how the Door's Rider on the Storm, from one of the best Rock bands
of all time can have the same rating (8.5) here on RP as the crappiest
cheesiest song from the cheesiest band of all time, Queen's Bohemian
Rhapsody! I just don't get it! (Apologies to Brian May, who is a great
guitarist and their early stuff was good before Queen got all poppy and
sold out.I gave Bohemian Rhapsody a 1! 8.5 should be for bands like the Grateful Dead, Doors, Allman Bros., Clapton, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Louis and Ella, Brahms, Beethoven and Strauss, Bob and Ziggy Marley, Pink Floyd, James Taylor, Ry Cooder, Neil Young, Derek Trucks, Emmylou Harris, Cowboy Junkies, Natalie Merchant, etc...but Queen? Seriously?)



YOUR opinion as to what ratings "should and shouldn't be" -- ok here's mine: Doors = one of the most OVERRATED bands of all time. Morrison's narcissistic droning... the meandering keyboards... They get a 1 from me every time. The Moody Blues took their sound and actually added talent and creativity that turned it into something more "groundbreaking" I would say. Queen's music was overplayed in it's day for  sure -- but they were having fun with their creativity and blow the doors off The Doors.
 johnmunsonjr wrote:

You have to wonder how the Door's Rider on the Storm, from one of the best Rock bands
of all time can have the same rating (8.5) here on RP as the crappiest
cheesiest song from the cheesiest band of all time, Queen's Bohemian
Rhapsody! I just don't get it! (Apologies to Brian May, who is a great
guitarist and their early stuff was good before Queen got all poppy and
sold out.I gave Bohemian Rhapsody a 1! 8.5 should be for bands like the Grateful Dead, Doors, Allman Bros., Clapton, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Louis and Ella, Brahms, Beethoven and Strauss, Bob and Ziggy Marley, Pink Floyd, James Taylor, Ry Cooder, Neil Young, Derek Trucks, Emmylou Harris, Cowboy Junkies, Natalie Merchant, etc...but Queen? Seriously?)


And that would be YOUR opinion.
 giammin wrote:

how could 143 people give 1 rating



For some people, taste exist solely in their mouths.
well bill...listening to this album in a 64 impala through a 8 track pioneer stereo, with 4 traxial jensen speakers was pretty impressive

then it was dylans blood on tracks

then grateful dead

then little feat

then led z

then the who

then steely dan

then yes

now...try explaining that to anyone under 50
india - zanzibar - uk - ....
Oh please no. Here in OZ that is the most played song on popular radio - I say popular because the majority like it. Soft cock stadium anthem - which they later perfected.
But other songs on their 3rd album, deserve way more airtime. Don't ignore the first two albums and then hear 'Sheer Heart Attack' - side 1 is spectacular. 'Brighton Rock' possibly inspired  'Eruption' by Van Halen. (i'm drawing a long bow, but break the string - if you can) ?
Zzzzzzzz
In RP avenue in December, this is like a family three-bed, aglow with gaudy Christmas lighting and giant inflatable Santas.
 giammin wrote:
how could 143 people give 1 rating
 

That's now 182.
About 5% of the population is completely tone deaf.
Adding up the figures at the top end... can you see a rather clear answer to that question?
 zacharybnowak wrote:
Though it's kind of sad that this childhood memory has now been transmuted into an Uber Eats commercial. The first time I saw it was just after the cold open for SNL, so I actually thought it was a skit. Very, very cruel.

Originally, it was funny that Carvey and Meyers were obviously too old for their parts. 

I wish they'd played a joke about how two 60-somethings were "trying too hard" to seem like teenage headbangers.  
 melzabutch wrote:

 

Though it's kind of sad that this childhood memory has now been transmuted into an Uber Eats commercial. The first time I saw it was just after the cold open for SNL, so I actually thought it was a skit. Very, very cruel.
Great deep dive into this song:
Strong Songs - Bohemian Rhapsody
I had to look at the time. This has played every day this past week (I think) but I'm not sure if the same time. 
Большое Вам спасибо.
You have to wonder how the Door's Rider on the Storm, from one of the best Rock bands
of all time can have the same rating (8.5) here on RP as the crappiest
cheesiest song from the cheesiest band of all time, Queen's Bohemian
Rhapsody! I just don't get it! (Apologies to Brian May, who is a great
guitarist and their early stuff was good before Queen got all poppy and
sold out.I gave Bohemian Rhapsody a 1! 8.5 should be for bands like the Grateful Dead, Doors, Allman Bros., Clapton, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Louis and Ella, Brahms, Beethoven and Strauss, Bob and Ziggy Marley, Pink Floyd, James Taylor, Ry Cooder, Neil Young, Derek Trucks, Emmylou Harris, Cowboy Junkies, Natalie Merchant, etc...but Queen? Seriously?)
So well written and sung,classic 10 plus✌️
Makes me long for 10cc's One Night in Paris.  Much more fun.
 redart wrote:
Woke up.....got out of bed.....turned on RP.....first song.  Good way to start the day 
 A Day in the Life...?
 lizardking wrote:
   nmcvaugh wrote:
        Moving from 10 > 11.

Wait, it doesn't go to 11? Today I found that the volume on my receiver goes to 70.  Way better than the 11 I use for quiet listening.
our dog even wondered what the "noise" was.
LLRP and cranking the tunes...and our 11 rated ones at that!!
 
End of last month I saw the five-day weather forecast for a friend in the Yukon and it said it will be 27, then 28, then 29, and then even 30!

Then, my friend figured out I was actually seeing the dates, not the temps 



The real temps were even way less than 11...
 ziggytrix wrote:
 
Try this one...



Drunk in back of squad car.
Listening to it like if
it was 1975 I found resonances of Genesis, Hackett guitar, or maybe Yes,
who was first? who cares, excellent period for music in general
 redart wrote:
Woke up.....got out of bed.....turned on RP.....first song.  Good way to start the day 
 

--Drag a comb across your head? Find your way downstairs and have a cup? 
 nmcvaugh wrote:
Moving from 10 > 11.

Wait, it doesn't go to 11?
 
Moving from a 1 > zero.  Wait, it doesn't go to zero?
 APH wrote:
There are so many great, great, unbelievable great songs. But there are those 2 11/10 songs in history: Bohemian Rhapsody and Stairway to Heaven. Pure magic.
 
What???
 nmcvaugh wrote:
Moving from 10 > 11.

Wait, it doesn't go to 11?
 
Today I found that the volume on my receiver goes to 70.  Way better than the 11 I use for quiet listening.
our dog even wondered what the "noise" was.
LLRP and cranking the tunes...and our 11 rated ones at that!!
Of course I rated it 10 but then turned it off after 20 seconds. As good as it is, it's been done to death.
An absolute masterpiece and a 10 plus👍
 ziggytrix wrote:
 

Poe thing 
Moving from 10 > 11.

Wait, it doesn't go to 11?
There are so many great, great, unbelievable great songs. But there are those 2 11/10 songs in history: Bohemian Rhapsody and Stairway to Heaven. Pure magic.
I do not like Queen at all, but Bohemian Rhapsody is outstanding song.
Isn't it wonderful that such a totally bizarre song is loved by so many? It restores a bit of faith in humanity for me. 

A bit. 
Always a pleasure to hear this.  A masterpiece. 
I was never crazy about Queen. And that went for this song too. Then I saw the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. I absolutely loved the movie and all the music sounded fantastic. But after watching the movie what sounded so great in the movie was no longer so-back to not being crazy about their music. Now many months later I change my mind, at least about this song. A 10. What can I say.
GAD I've always hated this crap all over the map with falsetto flavoring. My daughter, however, thinks it is top of the line classic "rock." P L E A S E make it stop. Not on RP, please, please...
 Piego wrote:
Sorry, I never liked this circus act. I love the version of Angelina Jordan. <3
 
A circus act with four live, highly trained animals.  Classic.
Sorry, I never liked this circus act. I love the version of Angelina Jordan. <3
Woke up.....got out of bed.....turned on RP.....first song.  Good way to start the day 
 david16 wrote:
Heard it a million times, but still genius!
 
Fact. This can NEVER be overplayed. It is pure genius, and no better example of a 10+.
 ppopp wrote:
I'm still not bored of this song after hearing it 100's of times.
There are dozens of Queen songs more than worthy of being heard on RP which never get played:
Spread Your Wings
Millionaire Waltz
Let Me Entertain You
Dead On Time
Who Needs You
White Queen
Loser In The End
March Of The Black Queen
Dragon Attack
I'm Going Slightly Mad
Innuendo
Show Must Go On
Don't Stop Me Now
You & I


 

And basically any track off of the "Live from Wembley '86" double-album.  
I needed this today, 13/12/19, the day after England committed a massive act of self-harm.  What have we become?  A 9 from another Nottingham jury for the track BTW.
 scott_bruce wrote:

The verb that is in vogue now is "curate." It used to be that curators were those that organized museum exhibits. Now it means anyone who customizes some kind of arrangement.

Like art museum curators, Bill and Rebecca work hard to "curate" a program of eclectic music for our personal enjoyment and education. Part of that experience is the exposure to music that you would not ordinarily listen to; and by carefully organizing and arranging that music it enhances the overall "listener experience". To those with an open mind, hearing old TOP 40 songs carefully interspersed among a wide variety of alternative music allows one to hear music in a different context - to appreciate the music with a different frame of mind, and to hopefully allow you to enjoy that music to its pure form and for the memories and emotions that it conjures.

Anyway, that is why I enjoy the occasional classic former-TOP40 song!

 

I was recently looking at my ratings, thinking I have too many 10s.

...now I have one more.  :D
If you want to enjoy furthermore this masterpiece by Queen.....PLEASE NEVER, EVER LISTEN TO THIS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZsN3S0WJ_o....

 jelgator wrote:
Love ya RP, and this is a classic song but way overplayed, even here.  Go down a couple comments, many more Queen songs we should be listening to.

IMHO
 
I hear you, but is Mozart, Bach or Beethoven overplayed ? i don't think so :)
Love ya RP, and this is a classic song but way overplayed, even here.  Go down a couple comments, many more Queen songs we should be listening to.

IMHO
 rpdevotee wrote:
How is RP any different from mainstream radio at this point?

 
The verb that is in vogue now is "curate." It used to be that curators were those that organized museum exhibits. Now it means anyone who customizes some kind of arrangement.

Like art museum curators, Bill and Rebecca work hard to "curate" a program of eclectic music for our personal enjoyment and education. Part of that experience is the exposure to music that you would not ordinarily listen to; and by carefully organizing and arranging that music it enhances the overall "listener experience". To those with an open mind, hearing old TOP 40 songs carefully interspersed among a wide variety of alternative music allows one to hear music in a different context - to appreciate the music with a different frame of mind, and to hopefully allow you to enjoy that music to its pure form and for the memories and emotions that it conjures.

Anyway, that is why I enjoy the occasional classic former-TOP40 song!

I'm still not bored of this song after hearing it 100's of times.
There are dozens of Queen songs more than worthy of being heard on RP which never get played:
Spread Your Wings
Millionaire Waltz
Let Me Entertain You
Dead On Time
Who Needs You
White Queen
Loser In The End
March Of The Black Queen
Dragon Attack
I'm Going Slightly Mad
Innuendo
Show Must Go On
Don't Stop Me Now
You & I


 max_p wrote:
Hybrid Rock n Roll
 

You think hybrid cars are better than this?