It’s always the kids that let you know first.
And they all want to learn Bohemian Rhapsody – which as far as I can see is in it’s third wave of worldwide popularity and acclaim.
The first one came in 1975 – in spite of Queen’s record label, who felt it was too long for radio.
The second one came in 1991 – after the untimely death of its composer – Freddie Mercury, and was extended by it’s appearance in the 1992 film Wayne’s World.
Only the third one – the current one – has been in any way planned. The song has been brought to a new generation of listeners by the 2018 biographical film of the same name – a film co-produced by Queen’s manager and on which two of Queen’s members – Brian May and Roger Taylor – served as consultants.
I have heard many times of the importance of not only making art but of the work required to bring it to the eyes and ears of as many people as possible. Indeed I wrote a blog on it only a few weeks ago.
Not all of us have the resources to make a blockbuster feature film about ourselves in order to promote our music. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be inventive about ways to entice people to listen to it.