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Posted: 09 Jul 09, 10:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

When I was doing the current version of 'Bechstein Debauchery', the section I enjoyed the most was, by far, the interviews (http://sebastian.queenconcerts.com/g-interviews.htm). Back then I thought about a bit called 'Your Bo Rhap story' which was meant to include the way different people (webmasters, top collectors, biographers) felt the first time they heard it, and when and how (radio, video, the movie, etc).

I dropped it because it would be very hard to try it in the first place, but now I though 'why not?'. Worst case scenario: I don't get enough stories for a new section, no harm no foul.

So please, everybody who wants to tell their Bo Rhap story and grant me permisson to publish it in my website, please write it here or send me a PM or an e-mail with it.

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It was 1975.  I was 16 years old.  At the time, the deepest I got into music was listening to Casey Kasum's American Top 40.  You know - songs like "The Night Chicago Died".

I was just leaving my girlfriends house when Bohemian Rhapsody came on The Midnight Special.  I was spellbound.  I had never seen anything like it.  It changed my life and interest in music forever.

The next day at school I was talking to a friend about the song.  He told me he had the album and it was great! "All full of synthesizers and stuff"  I immediately went out and bought the album and I found it humorous that  in the liner notes it said "no synthesizers".  I fell in love with the music and it took me about a week to get the first 3 albums.

I have been a huge fan ever since; once camping out 7 days to buy tickets to a concert.


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Posted: 09 Jul 09, 16:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Great. Thanks. Btw, which was the concert you camped seven days for?


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Posted: 09 Jul 09, 17:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

How many posts do you need to be an elite Qzer?



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sexmachine wrote:

How many posts do you need to be an elite Qzer?


It's not number of posts, it's number of quality posts.

For example, although I think my post count is 5 figures, the quality ones is just about in 2 figures.

I still have a long way to go. 






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sexmachine wrote:

How many posts do you need to be an elite Qzer?

You may have one or a thousand. If you want to contribute and your message's good, you'll always be an elite QZer for me ;)


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Penetration_Guru wrote:







sexmachine wrote:



How many posts do you need to be an elite Qzer?



It's not number of posts, it's number of quality posts.

For example, although I think my post count is 5 figures, the quality ones is just about in 2 figures.

I still have a long way to go. 






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Sebastian wrote:

Great. Thanks. Btw, which was the concert you camped seven days for?


http://www.queenconcerts.com/detail/story/505/queen-live-16-09-1980-hilton-coliseum-ames-iowa-usa.html









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Posted: 10 Jul 09, 19:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

ok I'll bite- I was lucky when Night at the opera came out- i was friends with a girl who's older brother worked in some part for a record distribution company (don't know who) but I have always been into music since I was little thanks to my older brother who was constantly buying new albums. Anyway my friends brother had a room in the house totally deticated and covered-wall to wall with albums-she showed me a stack that he had just brought home and one of them was Night at the Opera. I brought the album home that day (her brother was out of town) and I must have played it dozens of time-I was hooked for sure. I immedialey bought the rest of their catalog and have been lucky to see Queen 4 times in concert.
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Posted: 10 Jul 09, 21:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was working with a particularly troubled horse one day. I was about twelve, I think. It was during The Time Of Shag Carpeting and Elephant Pants. I had the speakers turned up in our outdoor arena, trying to get the horse accustomed to performing with the loud sounds booming through the speakers(it was also an excuse to listen to the radio).
Suddenly, this incredible melody began...this incredible voice, which I only faintly recognized. The horse and I just stopped, and listened. I remember the precise moment because I had never heard anything like that before, nor been so...moved by something I'd heard on the radio. I remember feeling sad, frightened and exhilarated, all at once, during the song.

I am so thankful for that memory, because the horse I was working with that day became my dearest friend, and, later met with a tragic end.


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Posted: 10 Jul 09, 21:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I actually have two BoRhap stories.

I first heard the song up north at the cottage in my uncle's truck when I was 9 - the summer after Freddie died.  We stopped a little ways down the dirt road to drop off a minnow trap that we often put in the river.  We got out of the truck to do the task, and he cranked the stereo to eleven.  It was the Classic Queen CD, which he and millions of other people bought around that period.  It was the second verse of the song, and he air-drummed the drum fill leading into "mamma, oooooh", and I remember being mesmerized by the few minutes of music that followed.  I soon picked up a cassette copy for myself and my love for the band was born.

About a year later, I heard this strange version of the song on the radio, a live version which segued into a couple other songs I didn't know.  I actually didn't think it was Queen, as I noticed Freddie's voice sounded so different live than it did on the record.  But after the song finished, my father confirmed that it was Queen.  It would be the last time my father knew more about Queen than I did.  I soon bought Live Killers, hoping to find that version of the song, but it wasn't meant to be - for a while.  Meanwhile, from listening to the live album, my love for the band was solidified.  Years later, I learned that the version of the song was from the Hammersmith Odeon 1975 show, the medley with Killer Queen and The March Of The Black Queen.




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Posted: 10 Jul 09, 22:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is even better than I expected. Please keep 'em coming!



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Posted: 11 Jul 09, 03:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

1st heard BoRap when in primary school. My sister was taking singing lessons for a part in Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Gondaliers'.
Heard BoRap on small radio and, in my innocence, thought it was part of the operetta she was in!

Then when it came on TOTP have to admit, I was TERRIFIED of Freddie Mercury - the teeth, the hair, the make-up, the white cape!!    (Hammer horror!)
And, for some reason, my young brain was convinced they were French! - no idea why
 
- and thought that Brian May and Clem Clemson (? - Alex Harvey band) was the same person....think I was on too much medication??

Anyhoo - between then and now, saw Queen many times, one particular concert in '82 got a prime front row position one particularly hot day in Edinburgh (queued all day opposite a chicken factory - NICE). 
Fred uttered - 'it's like a bath-house in here - let's all take a shower together!' - all of a sudden I was that terrified small boy once again......

.....I think I still may have - - 'issues' because of that

...thanks Fred




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Posted: 11 Jul 09, 08:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

To quote L. P. Hartley;  "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there", and 1975 was a very different place as far as buying music was concerned, and one of my strongest memories of the time, certainly fits into that description.

After the song initially aired on the BBC's 'Top Of The Pops' on the Thursday evening, there was the usual clammer to the local record store to buy the disc with Saturday morning pocket money.

Although a dedicated record shop, with rows of albums under various headings, there was no self-service of singles as such.

The store consisted of a counter, a couple of sales assistants, and usually a loose queue of two or three customers awaiting to be served.

I was after two singles that week: Queen - 'Bohemian Rhapsody', and Billy Connolly 'D.I.V.O.R.C.E.' (I told you the past was a foreign country).

It was while awaiting my turn to be served, that I overheard the 'posh-mum' in front of me - who was obviously doing a bit of shopping for her kids - but who was really 'out of touch' with the 'music scene' of the time.

She knew what she was after - but did not know the band was Queen. She knew what she was after - but did not know the track was called 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. In the end she asked the assistant for the song that was on 'Top Of The Pops' and titled 'Hungarian Melody'.

The shop assistant, being a young girl, and having no idea what she was on about, was floundering on useless, so I interupted and said; "Don't you mean 'Bohemian Rhapsody' - to which the 'posh-mum' replied sternly; "I know what I mean, Thank you!".

So I thought "sod you", and left her to her own devices. Needless to say, she left the shop empty-handed that particular morning, while I went home with another new Queen single.

Result in my opinion!




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Posted: 11 Jul 09, 09:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I remember listening(on 31 december) to the Top 100 from Radio Donna( that station has been replaced with another one called MNM) here in Belgium and since Freddie's death Bohemian Rhpasody was always number 1. It must have been the mid nineties. I was about 9 or 10 years old and that voice just caught my attention. I just found it beautiful but since I was not a big music fan at that age I didn't search for more Queen stuff. It was only some years later(I was 14 then), after my sister introduced me to I want to break free and Radio gaga that I went back to Queen and bought all their stuff. And I thought about that evening again....and that voice...


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It's hard for me to associate Queen with Bohemian Rhapsody. I was born the year Freddie died and a year before the release of Wayne's World. So, as I'm told, I wasn't affected both by the craze which followed Freddie's death and the one for Bohemian Rhapsody and Queen in general as a result of "Wayne's World" success - our pop culture being very closely linked to America, it was just natural that Queen wasn't in the musical background by 2000 and 2001.

So it went basically and boringly like this: I began studying music very early and was brought up in a very stern, orthodox Jewish family. Rock/pop and even opera equalled "sin". And my mother and grandmother's behavior towards myself was quite intimidating, if you know what I mean...

But father was different. He was humiliated all the time by the family, but since he finacially supported it all and led his religious life in a much lighter and softer, but no less sincere way, he felt entitled to like whatever pleased him. And he was fascinated by the music from the 60's and 70's. Fascinated to a point that his collection of recordings was one of the most impressive I had ever seen - it was larger than any store that I knew of and it encompassed artists ranging from Dylan, Beatles and Linda Rondstadt to more recently, shortly before his death, Norah Jones and Christina Aguilera! Hehehe. 

There was always music in the background because of him, no matter what we were doing. What fascinated me the most as a kid were the album's COVERS! That exerted such an attraction...and my father wasn't very fond of CDs and would only buy them when there was no choice. So lot's of beautiful covers - in some weird way, if the cover art was beautiful, I was more likely to enjoy what was being played: I like Jethro Tull quite a lot, but I think it were the album's covers which impressed me first - they set the stage for the music. 

My father had two Queen albums: Sheer Heart Attack and News of The World. I remember very well a sunday when we were cleaning up the mess at home after the guests had left and News of The World started playing. Very loud because my father didn't want to listen to my mother ranting, this kind of thing. But I was having fun either way and by the time "We Are The Champions" reached my ears, oh my! I trembled and shivered all over. The song had everything I liked: beautiful piano lines, nice melody, strong choruses, beautiful sounding guitars and gorgeous vocals - all very grand, but without pomp or exaggeration: the song sounded both grand and intimate. 

From then on, I felt in love with the "robot album", as I called it back then. "It's Late" and "My Melancholy Blues" were songs I forced my father into listening to hundreds of times. 

I simply worn out both News of The World and Sheer Heart Attack so much I listened to both albums. Then whenever we went to the store, I asked my father to buy me albums from the "band of the robot", it was always something like this. We were at a used-record store and the LPs were by then quite cheap. My father bought all the guy had in the store, which was "A Night at the Opera", "The Works" and "A Day At The Races".

So my father guided me through the band's history and the albums: he knew a bit about it. He was not a fan, but knew the basics. He soon introduced me to Bohemian Rhapsody and said something like: "This is considered their masterpiece", and so on. It was the same day he "explained" Queen to me: Freddie had been dead for sometime - I cried! I didn't know! - and had died as a result of AIDs and was gay! and so on. It was a quite mature conversation for someone my age...but he felt he needed to because my mother was about to say something and he didn't want me to listen to her first. So he paved the way for me to deal with my mother's fury. 

I began to REALLY enjoy Bohemian Rhapsody, instead of listen to it in a melancholy way, when I proposed one of the local choirs I took part in to sing the song. It seemed fit. They liked the idea - there were always some pop numbers adapated to choir amidst the presentations - and we got to rehearse it and sing it. It was a whole different atmosphere: I was happy with my friends, singing a funny song - I laughed at the opera-section all the time I listened to it - from a band I loved. So then my love for the song started to grow. 

I felt in love with the song when I learned to play it on the piano. Then the song really conquered me. Because on the piano I could focus only on the melodic contour. I started to listen to the song in a different way: I was mesmerized by Freddie's vocals and by the sheer beauty of the song. I learned the lyrics and got thrilled. The "opera section" kept bothering me for some time, it was a perfect song for me, I cried listening to it sometimes as a kid when I fully realized the beauty of the song and the poignant lyrics, but it was as if the opera section didn't belong there. 

But it didn't take long for me to understand the dramatic side of that funny extravagant section and to admire the way it all had been made - it seemed like I was listening to thousands of voices telling different things and answering to each other...it was exquisite! So I got to like the FULL SONG, full stop. : -)))) 

The first time I saw Freddie on a video was a day my father called me to listen to "Live Aid" with him - he loved the concert and he boasted about having recorded it when it was broadcast, and so on...lol. This kind of thing. And he said I'd have a surprise. I liked the whole thing but when I saw Queen entering on stage and Freddie sitting at the piano before that huge crowd and adjusting the piano, I got crazy and started up from the sofa. He started to play and sing Bohemian Rhapsody and his beautiful voice couched in that exquisite melody seemed to embrace the whole room...even my father got quieter than usual...I was stonned. I couldn't utter a word and was in tears! Watching him singing the song live and before that crowd and conquering it all...it was absolutely moving. 

My Bohemian Rhaposy story isn't as fun or as revealing or interesting as most of those of you guys because of the circumstances, the times I grew up...but I think the bottom line is: I was prone to like the song sooner or later given its beauty and my fondness for the band. Today it's for sure one of my favorite Queen songs - probably my favorite Queen song after "We Are The Champions", when it all started - the "album with the robot", and so on. lol 

Best Regards! Great beautiful thread! I'm looking forward to reading more stories! 

Yara   



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Posted: 13 Jul 09, 09:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

For me, it was as 14 year old watching the midnight special on a Friday night.  The video came on and I had never seen or heard anything like that in my life.  I had bought some records in the past, but that night I became a full fledged music fan.  My friends will always remember me talking to them the next morning about what an unelievable song I had heard, "and then there is an opera part where he sings ""I see a little boy sitting in a tree""", for 34 years I have been reminded about how I "misheard" the lyrics.
I bought A Night At the Opera that weekend (still in early release hard cardboard instead of the later glossy cover) and was hooked forever.


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Like many, I was a person who liked music but wasn't into it.  Then one night which I'll never forget, I heard a song on CKOC radio from Hamilton, Ontario which changed my 15 year old life forever.  I was so confused that I thought there were about 4 different songs on as I didn't get what was happening.  Then the DJ came on and said something about "Vienna Boys Choir", and I thought that's who it was.  Obviously he said that's who they sounded like, but I had no idea when I heard it was by Queen who or what they were.  All I know is I had never heard anything like it in my life, and as someone else posted, the world was different in 1975.  That song changed me in the ways I approached things and also, the passion and creativity made me believe that there were no boundaries apart from your own imagination.

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I do not remember when I heard Bohemian Rhapsody for the first time, it was on the radio all day long. Most of my friends loathed it but there was a  small group who liked Queen - we were considered a bunch of pretentious idiots :-) The thing about BoRhap was that you had to play it really loud and that was not so easy with parents who did not appreciate any pop music in their house and many friends who thought Queen music was overblown rubbish. We used to cut cassette copies from our albums and play them in the car of a friend whenever we could - LOUD. I remember later I had even more problems with my preference for Mustapha :-) Up to this day I play Mustapha LOUD in my home when I need a smile on my face.


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My story occurred in late 1975 or early 1976 (when I was 12 years old), after I had fallen in love with Bohemian Rhapsody, and a certain unlikely radio critic dissed "my" song. 

I was sitting with a portable radio in my lap, and flipping between radio stations listening to my favorite songs when I caught the beginning of Bo Rhap being played on an "old fogey" talk radio station (WGN in Chicago), and I was very surprised.  Well, before the opera section began, the song was faded out and the talk show host (Wally Phillips) came on the radio and indicated his disbelief that Bo Rhap was a hit single.  Obviously, I was pissed that Wally Phillips purposely played only a small portion of the song so that he could ridicule the musical tastes of young whippersnappers.


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