Queen in ‘Wayne’s World’ – Classic Rock at the Movies
Wayne and Garth, the dorktastic duo from ‘Wayne’s World,’ had a well-documented love of rock music, but perhaps no song is more synonymous with the pair than Queen‘s epic anthem ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’
By the time the 1992 comedy hit theaters, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ had been a staple on album rock stations for almost two decades — so when the boys and their crew loaded into Garth’s blue, flame-bedecked AMC Pacer for a night on the town, it was only natural that Wayne would pop in a cassette tape loaded up with the tune.
What follows is an earnest and hilarious singalong, complete with the requisite headbanging that’s sent more than a few music-lovers to chiropractors over the years. Even a buddy who was almost passed-out-drunk jolts awake to join in the festivities.
‘Wayne’s World’ director Penelope Spheeris initially thought the tune wasn’t right for the film, but star Mike Myers insisted it was, and prevailed. And it’s a good thing he did — so beloved is the scene now that it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t associate ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ with ‘Wayne’s World.’
In fact, in the weeks after the movie’s release, the song rocketed to #2 on the Billboard singles charts, giving new life to a song that was almost 20 years old at the time. In light of the song’s newfound popularity, a video was released that mixed clips from ‘Wayne’s World’ with Queen’s original video, something that horrified Myers, who thought the band would be offended.
He sent an apology but quickly received a reply: “Thank you for using our song.” Myers later said it should’ve been him telling Queen, “Thank you for even letting me touch the hem of your garments!”
The ‘Wayne’s World’ video version of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ went on win an MTV Video Music Award, and when Queen’s guitarist Brian May accepted it, he emotionally said late singer Freddie Mercury — who died right before the movie’s release — “would be tickled.”
Party on, boys.
Watch the ‘Wayne’s World’ Scene Featuring Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’