Is this the real life? or is this just fantasy…

…well, apparently not. In one of those moments that makes it seem like your whole world has just gone and eaten itself (and ended up looking a bit like a haggis), news reaches us that The Flaming Lips have just completed recording a cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody” for a future Queen tribute compilation album.

No, I am not making this up.

If any of you weren’t on our Xmas card mailing list, you will have missed our little tribute to the wonder that is “Bo Rhap”, so in honour of this excellent, if somewhat disturbing news, I’ve stuck it up again here.

Personally, I’m just a teeny weeny bit miffed that we never got asked to get involved… I wonder why? I mean, they must have got the idea from somewhere


19 Responses to “Is this the real life? or is this just fantasy…”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is the coolest thing I have heard all week.

  2. mischief managed! says:

    it’s like candy for the ears. whoo.

  3. dave bug says:

    Would it be possible to get a list of the covers? Some really bizarre ones in here.

  4. dritchie says:

    Yeah, or do we need to leave that up to Andy Baio as well? :-)

    For a start, I recognise Bad News (produced by Brian May!), California Guitar Trio (I think that’s what they’re called), The Braids, an orchestral one which I have at home (but can’t remember the name of the orchestra). Is Russell Watson’s in there?

  5. Eric Kleptone says:

    Yup, Russell is in there (with the godawful Soul II Soul style swingbeat, if memory serves me well).

  6. Anonymous says:

    Weird Al Yankovic’s Bohemian Polka Lyrics is in there near the beginning.

  7. nalsa says:

    Coolest. Mashup. Ever.

    What’s the cover at 4:49-54, though? I’ve heard it before and it’s driving me nuts trying to remember…

    The G’n’R one is there too, and Rolf’s.

  8. Mike says:

    The orchestral one is by a group called G4, I think. I found it on Gnut–ahem, sorry, by many fervent hours spent searching in the back of record shops.

  9. Mike says:

    Hey, Naisa, if you figure that particular segment out, I too would love to find out what 4:49-4:54 is. That massive orchestra-chorale effect on the song is just giving me incredible goose bumps.

  10. Jack says:

    Can anyone tell me the name of the woman/band who sings the snippet “Mama, just killed a man…” (it’s at one minute and 17 seconds in; lasts about 5 or 6 seconds)? It’s pretty.

  11. Eric Kleptone says:

    A couple of answers, then…

    The “Mama, just killed a man” clip is by a japanese (I think) band called Folder. Their cover is on an album called “7soul” – good luck with finding that outside of Japan ;)

    The section from 4:49 is by John Miles (as in “Music was my first love…), taken from a live album of the “Night Of The Proms” show. Not sure which album, as there’s a few, but I think it’s this one.


  12. Max Johnson says:

    What’s the song from 1:55 to 2:01? I’d like to know all of them so I could listen to them all in a row in a mega-binge of covers, but just knowing this one will do.

  13. Towelmaster says:

    Hope you don’t mind if I play this in the club coming thursday? People will be shocked. SHOCKED I say! *grin*

  14. brosef stalin says:

    someone best be makin up a list. id love to find out who does the rockout part in irish jig-ery.

  15. Max Johnson says:

    There’s a probably partial list of known Bohemian Rhapsody covers here:

  16. Anonymous says:

    I’d like to know who sang “Pulled my trigger now he’s dead” part?

  17. GasparLewis says:


    But this sucker carries one helluva theme with it. All these covers, many ungodly (Mountain Dew, Mountain Dew…), are A-OK, but your stuff is illegal?


  18. Mark W. says:

    So this is really old but I only just found it, and I’m wondering where the two second instrumental sample starting at 3:44 until 3:46 comes from.

    I’ll be slowly checking out the list of covers posted by max johnson but it’d obviously be a lot easier for me if you were just able to tell where that specific sample came from. :P

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