40 years ago this past weekend, the British rock band Queen released its famous song "Bohemian Rhapsody." This bizarre and majestic mixture of musical styles and stories has since become a cultural icon for multiple generations.
To mark the occasion, PBS NewsHour has rounded up 8 fascinating bits of trivia you might not know about the song. For example, the version of the song that appeared in the 1992 movie Wayne's World took longer to shoot than the original music video:
The original video, directed by Bruce Gowers – later of “American Idol” – took three hours to make and cost 3,500 pounds ($5,400).
In 1992, the unforgettable car singalong in “Wayne’s World” took about 10 hours to shoot, director Penelope Spheeris told the BBC. Afterward, there were complaints from the actors of sore necks and headaches from all the headbanging.
Mike Meyers, who played the film’s title role revealed to Vanity Fair in 2014 that the song was nearly replaced with a Guns N’ Roses track.