MONDAY, November 4, 2019
Popular for 44 years…
For those of you who want to dig deep into how Bohemian Rhapsody got written, the Wki article below is pretty thorough. It’s very long, so if you don’t want to slog through the whole thing, here are a few important points:
- It was slammed by critics who are, of course, almost always 100% wrong about anything important.
- Record companies said it would never get played on the radio.
- Record companies said it was too long.
- People had the last word, because they immediately loved it, and it has been incredibly famous and popular ever since.
- For the record, the moment I heard it I was blown away and told everyone to listen to it.
Here is the long story of Bohemian Rhapsody…
The bottom line is that it has been at the top of the charts or very nearly at the top many times, in many countries and is perhaps the most popular rock song every recorded in the UK.
Shakespeare said: ““The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” That is usually remembered as being a blanket condemnation of lawyers, but in fact it had to do with bad lawyers. I’ve changed it to: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the critics.” But I have to say carefully, that “kill” is a very dangerous word in 2019. I don’t want to kill anyone, and I’m not suggesting violence or even anger. In addition, there are some very good critics who make important points. However, I think critics generally get everything important wrong, again and again, and this has been going on as long as long as we have recorded history.
As you can see, they really screwed up – not just a little bit, but all the way. Other musicians understood that something special was happened, but short-sighted people very nearly stopped the song from being presented to the world.
Here is a good, thoughtful article written by someone today about what happened, and why critics so often are in one world while all the rest of us are in another. When something is really bad, second-rate, over time the world’s opinion becomes the same. Even when this or that is extremely popular, even “viral”, it will be gone in a year or 10 years if it does not have special worth. But if it remains popular 50, 100 and 200 years later, you can be assured that it has worth, and then the negative opinions of critics become revealed for what they are, short-sighted and often spiteful.
The members of Queen, those still alive, have been very positive about the film Bohemian Rhapsody film. Once again film critics have been extremely negative, citing discrepancies between what really happened historically and certain things in the film that are said to take dramatic license. But as is true with music and other so many other things, a huge number of famous and world-respected books, plays, movies, musical compositions and so on were ridiculed at the time they were created, only to be acknowledged later, even among critics, to be works of genius.
Now, if there is anyone in the world who has not heard this, here it is…