As anybody who’s ever been on a long road trip can attest, Queen’s classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is the quintessential sing-along song. This designation is due in equal measures to its fun, eclectic nature as well as its oft-cited inclusion the 1992 comedy 'Wayne’s World'.
The scene was so popular that is propelled the then-17 year-old song to number two on the Billboard charts, and spawned 26 years worth of impromptu scene recreations by teenaged rock fans all over the country.
The song’s unexpected second life is acknowledged in the new Queen biopic of the same name, which features a cameo from Mike Myers as a cranky executive who refuses to release 'Bohemian Rhapsody' as a single because it isn’t the kind of song "teenagers can crank up the volume in their car and bang their heads to." Cute, huh?
As it turns out, Myers had a similar experience when he was pitching the song to studio higher-ups to be included in 'Wayne’s World'. Myers told Stephen Colbert that the executives felt the classic track was not current enough to catch on with kids, and wanted a Guns n' Roses song instead.
"But it wasn’t something I grew up with," he said. "I really fought hard for that to be the song, to the point where I said I don’t want to be in the movie if that isn’t in."
While he indicated he wasn’t likely to follow through on that threat, producer Lorne Michaels allowed him to have the song, considering he felt so passionate about it.
Watch Myers, dressed like a character from 'A Bridge Too Far,' discuss the influences behind the iconic scene and his inclusion in 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in the full interview below.