Can it get any better than a-ha and Kanye? Well, the band Hayseed Dixie did the unconscionable, the incomparable, the impossible: They dared to cover Queen. And, they pulled it off.
Honestly, if you were taking a college English essay exam and the instructor gave you the prompt, “Which Queen song would you most likely cover if you were a non-Rock band?” which would would be the most likely selection?
We Will Rock You. Of course. It is simple. It is an awesome sports anthem. And it is made to be covered by non-Rock bands.
Now, had the English instructor asked you to compare that essay with the following essay prompt, “Which Queen song would you most likely NOT cover if you were a non-Rock band?” how would you have answered?
Bohemian Rhapsody. Right? It is the opposite of We Will Rock You. It is complex. It has awkward measure changes. It builds like a symphony. And only Queen and Wayne’s World have ever pulled it off successfully.
Hayseed Dixie, a band my friend Drummer Drew told me about on facebook, is the real deal. They pass the criteria test:
- Although it was originally released in 1975, Bohemian Rhapsody had a rebirth (thanks to Wayne’s World) in 1992 and peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- Hayseed Dixie is not the best bluegrass band ever, but their youtube video (below) adds style points. And I LOVE style points.
- Queen, especially this song, is a contrast to bluegrass.
- The cover, strangely works–although I still prefer the original. The cover at least makes me think about re-ranking the original for a split second – like when Iverson crossed-over Jordan during Iverson’s rookie year.