The greatest rock/ballad/opera/rock crossover of all time, Bohemian Rhapsody told the story of a simple man who killed a man. It was perhaps the greatest thing to come out of the seventies and made for a great start to Wayne's World.
The long running time and smooth transitions in rhythmic and harmonic tempos made for a song that was easy to forget was all one long piece of music regarding the murder of a man and the trial and judgement of the murderer's soul with the devil. Freddie Mercury's voice puts us at ease as the story unfolds creating a sense of compassion and loneliness for this man who obviously knows he's in the wrong.
Then the changes happen and everybody starts singing along to the 'trial' portion of the song, although most of us have no idea what we are singing. It's the only time Galileo has been mentioned so enthusiastically outside of science class as well. Everybody in the history of the world who ever listened to this gets pumped up when the 'trial' portion really gets underway, and then to top it off, the kicker comes in and the outburst of guitars brings us back to the world of rock and roll.
A subtle fade out and we are left exhausted and relieved, touched by the magic that was Freddie Mercury in a song about love, death, and redemption. Long live Freddie...
Which songs about murder have we missed? Let us know in the comments section below.
Been there, done that but not too well. Continually financially restrained. Now (and still) lives in Western Canada and talks some hockey and parenting on ogieoglethorpe.blogspot.ca and watching trailers on 2minutemovies.blogspot.ca.