Bohemian Rhapsody as sung by a variety of characters – all from one enthusiastic man
Queen‘s seminal hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” is one of the most famous and replicated pieces of rock music in existence. Much like when you walk through a guitar store and hear twenty different renditions of “Stairway To Heaven” being poorly squealed out from resistant fretboards, you’ll hear hundreds of pretenders trying to emulate the awesome of Queen from any establishment that dares to feature karaoke as one of its main attractions. Calling “Bohemian Rhapsody” the vocal equivalent of that riff from “Stairway To Heaven” is actually an upsettingly apt comparison, considering my recent experience at a part where a number of drunkards couldn’t help but loudly (and badly, I might add) sing along to the rock classic. Unfortunately folks there’s only one Freddie Mercury, and he sadly died a long time ago.
However, “Bohemian Rhapsody” extends far beyond being a sing-a-long anthem, instead becoming a benchmark for comedy as well, what with its famous inclusion in the pivotal headbanging scene of Wayne’s World, as well as a large number of Youtube inspired users that have bent the song to their will. Even one of Britain’s biggest and most energetic stand up comedians, Lee Evans, has his own version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” related comedy that he wheels out every now and again.
This article however, is about one of those aforementioned Youtube users, in this case paulvlahos, who has delivered his own compelling version of “Bohemian Rhapsody“, but sung by many different people, all impressions performed by him – creating the aptly titled “Impression Rhapsody“. There are some really great ideas here, but ultimately it falls just short of brilliance by becoming marred by the creator’s overambitious nature. A lot of the impressions, such as the Family Guy characters, Jack Nicholson, and Christopher Walken are amicably accurate and very entertaining. However, you’re instantly broken out of it by some of the weaker entries such as his impressions of Sean Connery, and Homer Simpson. If you’re Scottish, prepare to wince pretty hard.
The reason why this is being written about though, comes with a very clever joke and reference to Family Guy that happens around the half way mark. That inspired little move is more than enough reason to make this a truly entertaining internet video. Kudos!