April 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM ET
One dad has figured out a clever way not to fight with his kids over the radio on the way to school in the morning. Rather than alternate stations, he and his three children sing along to Queen, in a Broadway-musical-meets-rock-concert sort of fashion.
Earning him copious “cool parenting” points from his growing virtual audience, the dad, a YouTube user going as “southlandification,” uploaded a video of himself, his two adolescent daughters and his baby boy on April 11, as they drove to school during their daily routine.
Writes southlandification, “It has become a morning habit to sing “Bohemian Rhapsody” on the way to school in the morning. Depending on traffic, we can usually start the song as we pull out of the driveway, and pull into the school just as the song ends.”
The tradition is much more than simple lip-synching, however. Both the kids and dad follow the vocal impressions of Freddie Mercury and crew almost to a tee, and break out into dance-mode behind their seatbelts during the rock interlude in the middle. Even the young boy in a carseat, who seems to forget a lyric or two throughout the progression, offers an appropriate head-bang when he’s at a loss for words.
Remarkably, the dad manages to stay focused on the road the entire time despite the dramatic choreography.
One of Queen’s greatest hits, “Bohemian Rhapsody” was released in 1976, selling more than a million copies worldwide, and ranking number 163 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “Greatest Songs of All Time” in 2004. The record saw a resurge in popularity in 1991 after Mercury’s untimely death, and the following year when it was featured in the film, “Wayne’s World.”
Now, it appears, a whole generation is being exposed.
“Teach the children well,” writes user RethinkPopMusic on YouTube.
“It's like that scene from “Step Brothers,”” comments DriftMissile. “Except with an awesome song and the world’s greatest dad.
Adds bulmeruk, “I have a feeling your kids are going to be great people, with excellent taste in music.”
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