Queen Guitarist Brian May Explains Exactly How Bohemian Rhapsody Was Made | Smart News | Smithsonian
Current Issue
October 2014 magazine cover
Subscribe

Save 81% off the newsstand price!

Keeping you current

Queen Guitarist Brian May Explains Exactly How Bohemian Rhapsody Was Made

Hear, piece-by-piece, how one of the greatest rock songs was put together

smithsonian.com

Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the greatest rock epics of all time. The late Freddie Mercury, legendary rock star, wove together complex harmonies and instrumental layers, from the choral introduction to the head-banging bridge, to build the British band Queen‘s best-known song. And in this behind-the-scenes tour, Queen guitarist Brian May walks us through exactly how it works.

Using the original mix tape for Bohemian Rhapsody, May goes piece-by-piece through the multitude of tracks that made up the song. There’s a bit of a jitter at around the 3 minute mark, but don’t worry, it cleans up. Look to the 13 minute mark if you want to hear the members of Queen belting out the falsetto: very very frightening me.

More from Smithsonian.com:

Science Proves: Pop Music Has Actually Gotten Worse
90s Pop Music Was Really, Really Depressing
A Few Rare People Hallucinate Musical Scores

Tags
About Colin Schultz
Colin Schultz

Colin Schultz is a freelance science writer and editor based in Toronto, Canada. He blogs for Smart News and contributes to the American Geophysical Union. He has a B.Sc. in physical science and philosophy, and a M.A. in journalism.

Read more from this author |

Comment on this Story

comments powered by Disqus