Video of the Week: Best Version of Bohemian Rhapsody Ever Played Inside a VW

On the one hand, it’s comic. On the other, it’s no joke–these guys have real chops. And it’s their obvious seriousness about the music that makes it all the more funny. This is one of those vids I feel I could watch every morning, just to get my day off right.

They are award-winning Finnish street band Porkka Playboys. Check out http://www.porkkaplayboys.com/ if you’ve also got a hankering to see Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” performed in a sauna (naked of course).

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Zack Cyphers
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 06:20:12

    There are so many things right about this. I love that the driver has to extend his saxophone out the window when he plays. I love that mouth-operated keyboard that he plays. I’ve seen this instrument before but I’m not sure what it’s called. The accordion is classic. I love that the drummer plays his cymbal as a “gong” at the end- I was hoping for that. I just about lost it when they started to rock out. I love that they literally rock the car.

    It seems like this version of the song is inspired by more than just the song. They seem to be taking both the original song and its prominent place in a popular scene in Wayne’s World and combining them into something different altogether.

    The title of this post reminded me of a quote by director James Cameron regarding his little-known masterpiece of cinema, Piranha 2. He described it as, “the best flying piranha movie ever made.”

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    • edcyphers
      Mar 03, 2012 @ 08:20:25

      Yeah, I loved all the same stuff: the sax out the window, the way the vehicle was bouncing when they rocked out. And if they did a sloppy version of the song it definitely wouldn’t have been as good.

      And don’t Flight of the Conchords bill themselves as the third-best acoustic folk comedy duo in New Zealand or something like that?

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  2. Christine Clements
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 07:59:16

    I love their accents. Even when they were totally into it, I could still hear the emphasis on certain words,

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  3. edcyphers
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 08:21:07

    Yeah, that added to the comic effect for me too.

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