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I Want To Break Free

I want to break free – Queen

This was on the second volume of Queen’s greatest hits CD’s. None of my friends or their parents had the second volume, or ever listened to it if they did, so there was this whole latter half of the band’s output that remained secret to me until the world had exhausted those early songs and put these ones in commercials and movie soundtracks. Important songs that meant things to people.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

In primary school (and unbeknownst to me at the time, though now it makes sense why someone would do this every week), at Friday assembly, time would always be allocated for some student to get up front and dazzle everyone, students and teachers alike, with some display of talent. Each performance is burned into the collective memory of every one of us at Wilberforce Public, baffled as to what and who we were watching. Pianos were played, Scissors by Allan Ahlberg was recited with the finest of diction, Amanda Crawley defeated Leukemia to come back and sing Cher’s If I Could Turn Back Time, Tim Shaw was sent up, double dutch and dance routines thundered the floor of our demountable assembly hall, and Gareth Craig mimed the entirety of Bohemian Rhapsody.

I had never even heard the song before his talent show. I had no idea of just how revered and momentous song it is. He always seemed more up on things – sophisticated, adult things – than anyone else. Through him i learned of Monty Python and Red Dwarf before even my mother could influence me. And one Friday afternoon he reserves, or is asked, or did whatever or had circumstance do whatever it was necessary to be able to get up in front of the assembly, and takes six minutes of the school’s time to subject us to his acting out in pantomime the lyrics to this song. Kids nowdays call that ownage. (They still do, right?)

I’m not sure whether he had seen Wayne’s World or if it is just an compulsive, natural reaction to Bohemian Rhapsody. I’m not sure he even rehearsed it. But his performance was a lot like that car scene. Then again, there is a thin line of interpretation for this song – the script is there, written for you already. And he did it, alone, in front of our assembly. Just remembering him headbanging with his crewcut brings me a smile. Gareth Craig: A cool kid i went to school with.

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