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Queen Celebrates “Bohemian Rhapsody”s 40th Anniversary with Special Limited-Edition Vinyl Reissue

Bohemian Rhapsody 40th Anniversary

Do you remember where you were the first time you heard Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” ? I sure do. I was 14 years old, just hanging out in my bedroom, and when “Bo Rap” — as we used to call it — came on the radio, I thought it was the most mind-blowingly amazing thing I had ever heard in my life up to that point. In a lot of ways, it still is.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” was the song that changed everything; a song that recalls a special moment in music history that — like the greatness of The Beatles — will never repeated. At The Q Awards, held October 20th, in London, Queen were presented with the Classic Song Award, marking the 40th Anniversary of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which was originally released October 31, 1975.

To mark the occasion, and just in time for Black Friday Record Store Day, “Bohemian Rhapsody” will be released as a 12 inch limited edition vinyl, with the original B-side “I’m In Love With My Car,” on November 27th.

But wait, there’s more: on November 20th, Queen will also release Queen, A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith ’75, on CD, 2 LP vinyl and Super Deluxe Box Set formats, via Hollywood Records, and on DVD, SD Blu-Ray through Eagle Rock Entertainment. This show was the culmination of the 26-date Queen Invite You To A Night At The Opera UK tour, the first tour in which the band had ever performed “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Spirits were high within the band for this show; “Bohemian Rhapsody” – universally hailed as one of the most ground-breaking ‘pop’ songs ever released – was in the middle of its record-breaking nine week run at #1 in the UK charts. Their fourth album, A Night At The Opera (the most expensive record ever made to that point) was climbing the album charts on its way to the number one spot, which it achieved three days after this concert.

Queen guitarist Brian May recalled recording “Bohemian Rhapsody,” offering that “[It]was a great moment, but the biggest thrill for us was actually creating the music in the first place. I remember Freddie coming in with loads of bits of paper from his dad’s work, like Post-it notes, and pounding on the piano. He played the piano like most people play the drums. This song he had was full of gaps where he explained that something operatic would happen here and so on. He’d worked out the harmonies in his head.” Fascinating.

Bo Rap Queen Cover

Queen spent days overdubbing the vocals in the studio using a 24 track tape machine. By the time they were done, about 120 vocal tracks were layered together. The opera parts alone took longer than 70 hours to complete. At the time, it was the most expensive single ever made and upon presenting it to their record label, they were told by various executives that 5 minutes 55 seconds was too long and the song would never be a hit. But after the song was played 14 times in two days by DJ and friend of Freddie’s, Kenny Everett, it was destined to be a hit. Hordes of fans attempted to buy the single only to be told by record stores that it had not yet been released. Here in the US, it was the same. American radio RKO managed to get a copy of the tape and started to play it across their stations, which forced the hand of Queen’s then-US label, Elektra, to release the song in its entirety.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” was Queen’s first ever #1 single and the 1975 UK Christmas #1, holding the top position for nine weeks. It is also the first song ever to get to number one in the UK twice with the same version.

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Christmas Gift Idea: Hello Kitty Quilted iPad Case

Hello Kitty Quilted iPad Case
Keep Your iPad Warm This Winter

Hello Kitty Quilted iPad Case Features:

  • Luxurious quilted iPad case featuring Hello Kitty
  • Fits all versions of iPad – the original, iPad 2 and the new iPad 3
  • Also works for other tablets and eReaders
  • Padded case for superior protection
  • Soft fleece interior
  • Embroidered details
  • Zipper pulls with Hello Kitty details
  • Easy to clean surface
  • Comes complete with gift box
  • Size: 10-1/4″ x 8″ x 1″

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Gail’s Thanksgiving Top Ten!

I Am Thankful

Ten Things for Which I Today Give Thanks:

I am quite thankful that the Insane, Toothless Crack Whore who verbally harassed me on the bus yesterday all the way from Avenue C to Union Square did not actually kill me.

I am thankful for No Relationship Drama in my Life

I am thankful for Two Days Off from Work.

I am thankful to have a Fantastic Job to have two days off from.

I am thankful for the plentiful, cozy Warmth here in the Chickpad.

I am thankful for the delicious homemade Meat Sauce I will be sharing today with my great friend Geoffrey.

I am thankful for all of my other Great Friends besides Geoffrey.

I am thankful for having no Black Friday Shopping to do. Thank you, God!

I am thankful to have so much Wonderful Art to see and discover here in NYC!

I am thankful for all of my loyal Blog Readers!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! xo

Check Out This Fuckin’ Sale!

Get 20 Percent off at this Fuckin Sale
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Not just a sale – a Fuckin’ Sale! These amazing photos of signs advertising a current sale (going on through Tuesday, January 9th!) were taken at Gallerie, a mall in Osaka and Kyoto, Japan. More information and hilarity is available at This Link!

Get 50 Percent off at this Fuckin Sale
50% Off! That is More Fuckin’ Like It!

Thanks to Jane Geddis for the Tip!

Drug Dealer Magnet Set

Oh, Hey! Why not add this bitchen 7-piece magnet set to your Black Friday Shopping list? Yes, Why Not!

Drug Dealer Magnet Set includes:

  • 2 Blunts
  • Cell Phone
  • Brick of Cocaine
  • Razor Blade
  • Scale
  • Stack of Benjamins

All of this can be yours for just $10.95 by clicking over to This Link!

Happy Birthday, Kenny Scharf!

Contemporary Pop Artist Kenny Scharf was born on this day, November 23rd in 1958. It was almost a year ago today as well that Geoffrey and I were walking up Houston Street on a cold Black Friday evening when we passed Kenny as he worked on his amazing Houston Street Mural, (see image above or click on link) which has sadly been replaced several times since then. Happy Birthday, Kenny!

It’s a Contest: Win a Signed Copy of Neal Smith’s New CD, Killsmith 2!

Win This CD Signed By Neal Smith of Alice Cooper!

After the great success of our first-ever Zombie Magnet give away last month, we are having another contest with an even better prize! This time we are giving away a signed copy of KillSmith Two, the new solo project from R&R Hall Of Fame inductee, drummer Neal Smith of Alice Cooper fame. All you have to do is become a New Fan of the Worley Gig on FaceBook by visiting This Link or scrolling down and clicking “Like” on the FaceBook Fan Page Widget located along the right hand margin of the Blog’s Home Page (Please note: just clicking “Like” on this post will not enter you into the contest). It’s so easy! The KillSmith Two contest will run until Midnight of Black Friday, November 25th and the winner will be announced two weeks from today! So, good luck, get clicking, and win!