“Bohemian Rhapsody” Rocks The Golden Globes! Rami Malek’s Homage To Freddie Mercury! Can Freddie Upset Oscar?

All Hail Queen!

Freddie Mercury and Queen scored a huge upset at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards, winning best dramatic motion picture AND Best Actor for Rami Malek – bravo to them all for surprising the entertainment industry with their win!

The “Bohemian Rhapsody” Upset!

Yes, it was an upset, although reporting had suggested that the Hollywood Foreign Press REALLY loved the film, and Malek’s performance of the flamboyant singer…

Expectations were that “A Star Is Born” would win the top prizes, but it’s important to note two things: first of all, both films were huge hits, both with critics and audiences alike…

It’s also important to point out that the HFPA is less predictive of the Academy Awards than two other awards: the Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild have been the most accurate in predicting Oscar winners, so stay tuned for who wins there in the next few weeks…

That said, it was a huge victory for a film that celebrates the music of Queen and the life of Freddie Mercury – and why not? They are Queen!

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“Is This The Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy?”

The opening line from one of the greatest rock songs of all time…from a band who was once hugely under appreciated and now is known as one of the greatest of all time!

Freddie Mercury And Queen

God Save The Queen!

Who’s kidding who? Queen is now one of music’s most wildly entertaining bands and they will live forever, thanks to great live performances like this – “We Are The Champions” from Live Aid in 1985 :

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Freddie Mercury was one of the most unique – and beloved – singers in all rock history. Those of us who grew up in the US really don’t know the depth of this fanbase in the UK…here is another example – three different live versions of “Tie Your Mother Down” all tied together into one amazing video:

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I have posted stories about Queen in the past, and wanted to look back at those musical moments that will last forever – beginning with perhaps their most famous work:

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“Bohemian Rhapsody!”

Talk about a mini-opera! The brilliant song has been parodied – and honored – in many movies and TV shows. The album it came from was “A Night At The Opera”, a unique masterpiece that showed the amazing range of the band…

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“Bohemian Rhapsody” was written by Freddie Mercury, written down “in blocks” (using note names instead of sheets) on a phone book. The other band members recorded their parts, with no idea how their tracks would be used. According to Wikipedia, the operatic section was originally intended to be only a short interlude of “Galileos” that connected the ballad and hard rock portions of the song!

In case you forget just how great the song – and the music video are – well, then feast your eyes on it again:

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“A Night At The Opera” is a wildly entertaining album, and you can see my track-by-track breakdown here:

https://johnrieber.com/2014/02/23/queens-brilliant-night-at-the-opera-freddie-mercurys-musical-madness/

Of course, Queen had a long and successful career full of hits like “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions”, “Somebody To Love” and “Radio Gaga”, but I love one song in particular:

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“Flash!”

The cult film “Flash Gordon” will also be remembered for the terrific theme song that was a pure a “Queen sound” as you can get…and did you know that this guy was behind the creation of “Star Wars”?

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Yes, if there hadn’t been a “Flash Gordon” serialized movie from the “good old days”, George Lucas wouldn’t have created this movie!

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How is that possible! Well, it is! Read how “Flash Gordon” led to “Star Wars” by reading my story here:

https://johnrieber.com/2014/04/05/how-flash-gordon-created-star-wars-sam-jones-the-original-han-solo/

And of course, one of Queen’s greatest songs was co-written with this guy!

DAvid Bowie RIP

“Under Pressure!”

David Bowie’s collaboration with Queen on the classic hit “Under Pressure” was a story of wine-quelled madness, which you can read about here:

https://johnrieber.com/2016/01/16/david-bowie-meets-queen-the-brilliant-wine-fuelled-madness-of-under-pressure/

Leave me a message and tell me what your favorite Queen song is!

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21 replies

  1. I love We are the Champions, John. It is so inspiring and uplifting. I listen to it whenever I feel a bit needy [luckily that is not often]

  2. Great to see this movie win! Favorite Queen song is Somebody to Love! Very happy to see Rami Malek win. He’s a terrific actor.

  3. Wow! What a post! Loved the Golden Globes this year!

    Freddie Mercury and David Bowie gone too soon. Unique and talented people.

  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    One of my favorites … ‘Freddie Mercury and Queen scored a huge upset at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards, winning best dramatic motion picture AND Best Actor for Rami Malek’

  5. Oh, “Under Pressure”. I never tire of listening to it. I remember buying the 45 for “Best Friend” and playing that until the ridges were blurred. 🙂

  6. I thought he had a serious shot at winning Best Actor but was surprised BR won for Best Picture. I like upsets.

  7. The actor seems like a nice genuine guy, and by all accounts gave an outstanding performance. But for me, I would sooner just watch actual footage of the group in concert, if I felt the need to see them perform.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Pete, the Globes don’t really predict the Oscars, so this will still be a long shot for Best Picture – and the film is an interesting look at the band forming and Freddie’s personal life, but you are correct – put on the music!

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