It takes a brave group of musicians to tackle a true rock classic. The Flaming Lips felt like they were up to the challenge and have recorded their own version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The remake was done for an upcoming collection of Queen covers done by various bands.
About selecting this particular track, Coyne told NME: “No-one wanted to do ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. At first we didn’t either, but in true Flaming Lips fashion we decided to take on the behemoth that is ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. I think we did it justice.”
So how does it sound? Coyne replied: “We took it to task, knowing that when people think of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ they think of this huge overblown thing with the weird vocal swirls and backwards bits going on. I think we nailed it and made it a little more intense and a little more sad. We put a big operatic flourish in the middle just to make it a little more Flaming Lips-ish.”
In other Lips news, their new album At War With The Mystics is due out in January 2006. Perhaps they will play some new tunes while sailing the Pacific. Want to hop on a Carnival Cruise with the Lips? Yes, I am serious. Click here for more info.