Welcome to another edition of Patchy’s Inappropriate Instrumentals, where I share awesome covers of great songs done on strange instruments, or things that aren’t instruments at all.
I’ve actually featured this song in an edition of (In)appropriate Instrumentals before, but I found another awesome version done on an instrument that you really don’t see too many of anymore.
It’s also fitting, given that we’re approaching the 25th anniversary of a film that featured Bohemian Rhapsody in one of its more iconic scenes. Yes, I’m talking about Wayne’s World:
That scene is so iconic that it’s even mentioned on Toronto’s Royal Cinema‘s webpage for the 25th Anniversary screening of the film they’ll be hosting on February 9th. It’ll also be playing on February 14th at Cineplex Cinemas Yonge & Dundas. You can get more information on the 25th anniversary release on its website.
Of course, while that scene is iconic, the song was a hit LONG before that.
This edition’s cover comes to us via a fairground organ. That’s kinda like a regular organ, but way bigger and louder to project over all the sounds of a fair or carnival. They date back as far as the 19th century, and with the advances in technology, you’d think they’re obsolete – but according to Professor Wikipedia, they’re still produced today. It operates by reading a series of perforated pieces of cardboard or paper and then playing the corresponding notes, as you’ll see in this video.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard Bohemian Rhapsody played like this. Have a listen:
Isn’t that organ ridiculous? It’s even equipped with its own drums and xylophone!
Anyway, until next time, don’t forget…
— Celina Barajas (@CelinaBarajas1) July 29, 2016