Speaking at last nights BBC Music Awards, Queen guitarist Brian May spoke about the bands most well-known track – “Bohemian Rhapsody”. May stated, “they told us not to do it. They said it was too long and nobody would ever play it“. The length of the song at 5’55” was not something that would normally be deemed short enough for radio in 1975, but DJ Kenny Everett championed the track and it went on to top the charts and become one of the best British singles of all time.
May continued, “I think we knew it was something pretty amazing, It didn’t come as much of a surprise that there would be some resistance from the media because of the complexity of the song“. He also alluded to the question marks over what the song is about, stating, “to this day, I can’t figure out what it is supposed to be about. It was something cooked up by Freddie’s insane brow“. Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.