Saturday, September 21, 2013

(not Queen) Bohemian Gravity

Definitely not Queen.
To quote myself, from "Media: William Shatner Covers Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'":
We've commented on the structural genius of Bohemian Rhapsody a couple times, links below the video....

Via Scientific Amaerican:
Who has not caught themselves singing along to Queen’s number one hit “Bohemian Rhapsody”? Perhaps we’ve made up words when we didn’t know them! But, have any of you attempted to explain string theory to the tune? I’ll bet it didn’t go as well as in this new version by Tim Blais of A Capella Science! Take a listen and marvel at the harmonies and the perfection of all the string theory/quantum physics buzz words matching the original cadence of Freddie Mercury’s “treasure”. I hope astrophysicist and Queen guitarist, Brian May has seen this!...MUCH MORE including lyrics, an interview with Brian May...

Lyrical Genius:

Hold all Tickets. We had thought "The Day the Nasdaq Died" the pastiche* of the decade:
The Day the NASDAQ Died

Humble Pie (sung to the tune of American Pie)...
*..."Bohemian Rhapsody", by Queen is unusual as it is a pastiche in both senses of the word, as there are many distinct styles imitated in the song, all 'hodge-podged' together to create one piece of music....

March 2008:
Lyrical Genius:

CDO Remake of Bohemian Rhapsody

Is this the real price?
Is this just fantasy?
Financial landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
And look at your buys and see.
I’m now a poor boy
High-yielding casualty...MORE
A few years later Alphaville stepped up:
September 2011
Genius: "Athenian Rhapsody (updated)"
Pastiche time baby!*
From FT Alphaville:

Alan Beattie, FT International Economy Editor and FT Alphaville’s new A&R man, has sent us a rock opera by two parodists whom wish to remain anonymous.
We’ve done all we can to confirm one of them isn’t Ben Elton but we can’t give you our full reassurance.
Our sincerest apologies to Mercury, May, Taylor and Deacon.
To the tune of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody
Athenian Rhapsody (The Ballad of Papandreou)
Is this our real debt?
Is this just fantasy?
Won in a landslide
Now I’m facing austerity...MORE