QUEEN's "Bohemian Rhapsody" Inspires Coronavirus-Themed Cover
After "My Sharona" which The Knack turned to "Bye Corona", Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the latest legendary anthem to get repurposed into a coronavirus-themed song.
Musician Adrian Grimes created a new quirky spin on the rock opera called "Coronavirus Rhapsody" which brilliantly exchanges the song's lyrics with timely verses. In the song, Adrian urges people to practice personal hygiene and observe social distancing. "Mama, I just killed a man / I didn’t stay inside in bed / I walked past him, now he’s dead," one line says.
Uploaded on YouTube, the video blew up in a matter of days and now has over 3.5 million views. But the singer also received backlash for the cover, with a lot of people calling him "insensitive" for coming up with the song. He wrote: "I want to emphasize that I know where these people are coming from. My wife works in healthcare and I have two young kids; I know very well how this virus could impact my family."
Grimes added: "However, I hope that even in those circumstances, should they occur, I will still be able to maintain a sense of humor, and a lot of comments from people already affected by coronavirus have told me how much they appreciate this. I thank you for your understanding in these unprecedented times."
Listen to the parody below: