Drunk, arrested, and on the way to the local constabulary in the back of a cop car: could there be a more perfect time to burst into a full rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”?
It kind of makes sense when you think about it: I don’t know of any other song that says “Let Me Go!” so many times.
UPDATE: (Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?)
We have a backstory on this awesome epic performance:
The star of that viral “Bohemian Rhapsody” police video is an unemployed Canadian man who first uploaded the clip to his YouTube page after receiving it from prosecutors when he opted to defend himself on a drunk driving charge.
After getting busted last November in Edson, Alberta, Robert Wilkinson, 29, was placed in the back of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police cruiser, where he launched into an a capella version of the Queen classic (complete with musical interludes).
I’m blown away that he could remember all the lyrics while, um, allegedly under the influence. I know all the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody and a lot of other Queen songs (“Rub her back, she’s as willing as/Playful as a pussycat/Momentarily out of action, temporarily out of gas/She’ll absolutely drive you wiiiiiiiiild, wiiiiiiild…”) because about 20 years ago I had all my CDs stolen except for “Queen’s Greatest Hits”, which was still sitting inside the CD player. But I’m not so sure I’d remember them if I was drunk in the back of a police car. That kind of skill is intuitive, it can’t be learned.
So this talented young troubadour is fighting the drunk driving charge… well, I wish him the best of luck, he deserves to win it just for giving 2 million people such a good laugh this week. That’s a shitload of good karma he’s racked up! But I’m not sure the video will be helpful to his case.