This one is going to be short and sweet. Queen released Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975 and I remember declaring to my friends it would not be a hit.
Nine weeks at Number One and selling a million copies by January, 1976, must qualify it as a hit. Good job Freddie and the boys didn't come to me for advice on which singles to release.
I'm not really sure why I didn't rate its chance in the charts. It does go on a bit, which would count against it as far as I'm concerned. Whatever, I WAS WRONG and you don't often get that admission out of me.
It's one of those singles that seems beyond parody and there are many versions of it. One of my favourites is the car scene from Wayne's World, but I reckon a lot of people know that one already. Instead, try this rendition by a man who shows that we humans are endlessly resourceful when it comes to amusing ourselves.
I just hope it was his hands he was using there.
Also-rans: These are clothing-related. Suzi Quatro, whose tight leather outfits had a most unsettling effect on me in my youth, and denim-clad rockers Status Quo (the Q is what counts here). In emulation of Quo I once had a denim waistcoat, what was I thinking?