Did This Choir Of Schoolgirls Botch Their Performance Of Queen’s Biggest Song?

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Many people have tried to perform Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” — some successfully, some not so much.

Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury was the mastermind behind one of Queen’s biggest hits “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Back in 1975, Queen released “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a song that would become one of their biggest of all time. And the song was pretty much all thanks to lead singer Freddie Mercury.

“It’s Freddie’s baby,” said Queen guitarist Brian May. “And it always will be. It was Freddie’s dream. Of course we all contributed pieces to it, but really he’s the mastermind. It is an amazing conception, in my opinion.”

Mercury came into the studio pretty much knowing every part of the song in his head. With his direction, he and the band ended up recording over 180 overdubs of voices. So it’s pretty much like a 180-person choir. It took them three weeks just to record this one song.

The song went on to become the single from their album A Night at the Opera. And now it’s a major motion picture in the works.

And sometimes choirs try to replicate what Freddie and his band mates did. Sometimes 65,000 people in a crowd can’t quite sing it like he did.

Queen
The crowd of Green Day fans decide to break into Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” while waiting for a show to start in London (photo via YouTube)

One of those groups of people who try to perform it was a schoolgirls choir from Australia. But they put their own twist on it, which is a bold move. How can you improve upon an amazing song?

The question remains — would Mercury be okay with this rendition or not?

In my opinion, they did a great job for being young singers. It’s a very complicated songs with several harmonies, completely differing sections, and lots of words to remember. So good on ya, girls.

Check it out below and let us know what you think:

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Caleb Murphy is a musician who writes about music. His writing appears in Consequence Of Sound, Pittsburgh City Paper, and some other cool places. He blogs about music at calebjmurphy.com.
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