One of the biggest fan pages of Freddie Mercury, the iconic frontman of Queen, shared a video in which Mercury sings Bicycle Race on their Instagram page and once again revealed the fact that the video of the song was banned in several countries due to nudity.
On Queen‘s 1978 album called Jazz, a song named Bicycle Race was released as a double A-side single with Fat Bottomed Girls. The song was written by Freddie Mercury, however, Brian May stated that it was not an autobiographical portrait of Mercury since he did not particularly enjoy riding a bicycle and loved Star Wars movies despite the lyric ‘I don’t like Star Wars.’
The lyrics of the song were quite controversial at the time since the song involved topics like the Vietnam War, drugs, and religion besides having pop culture references such as fictional characters Superman and Peter Pan, actor John Wayne, movies like Jaws and Star Wars.
Alongside its twisted and unique lyrics, the video of the song also drew heavy attention with 65 naked professional female models racing at the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. Dozens of bicycles were used and the band rented the stadium only for one day for filming the scene.
Despite the fact that the original video used special effects to cover the nudity, the video of Bicycle Race is age-restricted on Youtube even today and banned in several countries.
Since the song Bicycle Race and the video are things that should not stay buried, one of the biggest fan pages of Freddie Mercury reminded the fans of those two with a video of Mercury singing the song and the story behind it in the caption section.
You can see the Instagram post below.
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💥Bicycle Race💥 . On October 13th 1978, exactly 42 years ago today, Queen released "Bicycle Race" as a double A-side single with "Fat Bottomed Girls" from their Jazz album. . ✨Written by Freddie Mercury, the song was inspired by watching the 18th stage of the 1978 Tour de France passing Montreux where the band were recording Jazz in the Mountain Studios. . ✨The song features surprisingly complex instrumentation. Around the middle of the song there is a solo played with numerous bicycle bells. The song has an unusual chord progression with numerous modulations, a change of metre (from 4/4 to 6/8) in the bridge, and multitracked vocal and guitar harmonies. . ✨The lyrics are topical for the time and contain social, political and pop-culture references, such as religion, Vietnam War, Watergate, drugs, fictional characters (Peter Pan, Frankenstein and Superman), and the films Jaws and Star Wars. The song also mentions actor John Wayne. The lyrics also mention the exclamatory interjection, "Hot dog!" and the idiom "Cool it, man!" . ✨Brian May says that the song was not autobiographical and that Freddie did not particularly enjoy bicycling, also despite the lyrics Freddie was a Star Wars fan. . ✨The song references the band's song "Fat Bottomed Girls" with the lyric "fat bottomed girls, they'll be riding today". "Fat Bottomed Girls" reciprocates with the lyric, "Get on your bikes and ride!" . ✨ The video was famous for having 65 naked women, all professional models, racing at Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. It was filmed by Denis de Vallance. The band rented the stadium and several dozen bikes for one day for filming the scene; however, when the renting company became aware of the way their bikes were used, they requested that they purchase all the bicycle seats. . ✨Because of the nudity, the video was edited or even banned in several countries. . 🎥 Video from Queen Live in Japan 1979 . #FreddieMercury #BicycleRace