We Are The Champions, for many, it is the best song in the history of music with Queen 50Th Anniversary 1970 2020 Thank You For The Memories Shirt, Hoodie, Sweatshirt. For a university, it’s the most catchy. For Freddie Mercury, it was something like the autobiography of his spirit. For Donald Trump, a campaign amulet. There are infinite stories that arise when, all of a sudden, an artist writes a song that becomes the soundtrack of the world. And although it was never the opening song of a World Cup, it surely sounded once in the heads of several sports lovers. This is We Are the Champions, a theme that has several curiosities behind it that are worth reviewing.Sometimes I feel like I’m back in the old days, so long ago… When we were kids and young things seemed so perfect. They were the days of our lives, the bad things were so few. But those days are gone now and when I look back there’s one thing that’s true: I still love you. During the last video clip he recorded, Freddie Mercury is seen as nostalgic, yet firm and happy with his extraordinary legacy. He knows he’s going to die, but the show must go on. And that’s why he sings with all his strength. The song chosen to say goodbye is “Estos son los días de nuestras vidas” (These are the days of our lives), whose nostalgia for youth appears with magical force when interviewing anyone who attended the mythical recital Queen gave in Mar del Plata on Wednesday, March 4, 1981. All those fortunate people have their eyes illuminated.
Ricardo Pollera son (56) is an example. His father was responsible for the legendary British band performing in this city, in what was undoubtedly the most important concert in its history. Because of the importance that this musical group had at that time and because the visit came at its height.
“I remember the previous one: in ’80 I worked with my father, who had an amusement park. The Play Land Park, which I had bought in Colombia. One night in the city of Corrientes, when there were no cell phones or computers, I had to be in a parlour because he called at that time. Then he says, ‘What do you think of Genesis? I was a disc jockey and I was 20 years old. In Genesis I played Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel sang… ‘And what do you think of Queen? What do you like? What do you think I’ll bring them on March 4th?’, he told me later. And I was very proud to be the son of the person who was going to bring them,” remembers Pollera, 37 years later.
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And he says that “everything seemed like a dream. “Because it wasn’t like it is now: no one came here. They had brought The Police, but not much more,” she explains. In addition, the son of the advertising producer – one of the most famous forerunners of local activity – remarked that Queen liked even her mother: “She had a wide spectrum of fans.
Pollera remembers that he doubted about the convocation that a show like that could have during the month of March in the Mundialista stadium: “I told my father to bring them in summer, because on March 4 there was not going to be anyone in Mar del Plata, but he already bought the date from Alfredo Capalbo (producer from Buenos Aires) because Queen came with a tour (he presented the album The Game). I knew we were going to work with the public here and the tickets were sold well in advance. I had a vision…”.
“I was in charge of selling the tickets and I will never forget that the DGI came the day of the recital, in the morning. Two dolls in suits arrive, sit one on each side of the desk and tell me that there was a debt coming from Buenos Aires and Cordoba: Capalbo had not paid Sadaic, Aadi Capif, had not paid anything … And they seized the proceeds of that day to my father, and then arranged with Capalbo. And I thought it was nonsense,” says Pollera hijo.
And although he hesitates for a second, he immediately confesses: “Then I did what I did, evade… You came to get a ticket and I gave you the change of 50 tickets… And I wrote ‘Fulanito, 50 tickets’. Anyone who went helped. I was a DJ and I knew a lot of people… The guy controlled me but when the counting issue came, there was the problem, because there wasn’t even half the money. Discussion goes, discussion comes and the recital began. So I gave him my card and went to the recital. “For my dad, Queen’s was the best show. The most emblematic and great thing that happened here was done by my old man: he won 1,200,000 dollars in one night. If it rained we were in the oven and it was going to rain… And the recital ended and it started raining. I don’t know if it was luck or what. When Rhapsody Bohemia started I turned around and it was incredible. That day they all greeted me, then they don’t greet you anymore…”, describes Pollera.
Chronicles of the time indicate that Queen’s members, along with her entourage of relatives, representatives, assistants and leaders, stayed at the Provincial Hotel.
In his book “Queen Never Seen: My Life with the Biggest Band of the 20th Century,” photographer Peter Hince recalls the group’s passage through “the happy city,” with special emphasis on the characterization of the building designed by Alejandro Bustillo, with which they were all impressed. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is undoubtedly one of the most famous songs of Queen, the English band that became an obligatory reference of the rock of the 80s. Hand in hand with Freddie Mercury, its vocalist and frontman, the group showed an originality and musical talent unpublished, of Queen 50Th AnniversaryThank You For The Memories Shirt which this piece is a great example.
What makes “Bohemian Rhapsody” so special? To a large extent, the unexpectedly harmonic mix of multiple cultural influences that, at first glance, might seem foreign to each other. In this sense, the creativity of the song is not only remarkable, but risky.
That risk is found in the title of the song, in its structure and, of course, in its content. To give some order to this explanation, we will proceed in that way. The title of the song is by no means coincidental. Rhapsody is one of the oldest forms of poetry, and probably the best known example is the various parts of Homer’s Iliad, which are sometimes called chapters or chants but are strictly rhapsodies.
The reference to Homer may seem distant, but it is not, for the Iliad laid the foundations of some form of Western poetry that lasted for centuries. If we pay attention, in this summary three fundamental characteristics of a rhapsody can already be noticed. If this were the first time we heard Queen’s song, the title would already announce something: that we are going to know the story of a hero, perhaps in a battle of life or death.
As for the adjective “Bohemia”, it refers to the region of Central Europe that existed from the Middle Ages until the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the beginning of the 20th century. But why precisely “Bohemia”? As we will see later, the song has a profound esoteric character. Its theme is, in a way, the same as that of Faust: the struggle between Good and Evil for a man’s soul. We know this character above all from the play that J. W. Goethe wrote in 1808, but in reality it is one of the most important legends within European culture, which apparently originated in certain medieval and Renaissance scholars whose extensive knowledge was suspicious for the society of the time.
The first allusions to such a character date back to the 13th century, and even then there was talk of a man of such science and knowledge that he was suspected of having made a pact with the Devil to exchange his soul for the knowledge of the world. Let us remember that the Middle Ages were particularly reluctant to the research we now call scientific and, on the other hand, that all knowledge outside the field of religion used to be viewed with suspicion, despite which disciplines such as alchemy or anatomy came out ahead.
And Bohemia was precisely a region known by its alchemists, probably the same one where the “Doctor Faust” lived that gave rise to the legend. In Bohemia, for example, Rudolph II reigned, the melancholic emperor who was fond of alchemy and astrology. On the other hand, it cannot be ruled out that when giving a title to the song, Freddie Mercury also had in mind Franz Lizst’s Hungarian Rhapsodies, a series of compositions of which “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” is particularly well known (it has even been interpreted by Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry). Both “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” take up popular themes in the musical structure and, formally, begin in a calm, calm way, then move to a rather frantic and frenetic rhythm.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is composed as paintings or scenes. As we said before, it is a narrative song, that is, it tells us something; however, in this case there is a clear differentiation of the “episodes” of that story, which are distinguished both textually and musically.
In the first episode a voice (the “poetic I” or “lyrical I” spoken of in literary analysis) is presented and begins to tell its story. At least that’s what we suppose, because it’s a start in media res, that is, suddenly and fully in the circumstances of the protagonist, of whom we know nothing but, no matter what, we’re already listening. “Is this real life? Is it just a fantasy?” and “I’m just a poor kid, no need for sympathy” are some of the things that voice says. Both because of the abrupt beginning and because of the type of questions and affirmations made by the singer, the first verses of “Bohemian Rhapsody” are partially reminiscent of J. D. Salinger’s The Guardian Between Rye (1951) and Albert Camus’ The Foreigner, Queen 50Th Anniversary 1970 2020 Thank You For The Memories Shirt two novels narrated in the first person whose protagonists have a strong individuality. In particular, Camus’s novel has been associated with Queen’s song, because both share the same existential problem: the storyteller confesses to having murdered a man.