A Queen Medley…in Japanese

by Joey deVilla on September 9, 2008

This is something that I’ve had filed under “I should post this someday”: Joousama Monogatari by the Japanese group Joousama, and it’s a medley of the following Queen numbers performed in Japanese:

  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Bicycle Race
  • Killer Queen
  • Flash Gordon
  • We Will Rock You
  • Another One Bites the Dust
  • A Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • We are the Champions

Luckily for me, someone’s posted a YouTube video featuring Joousama Monogatari as its soundtrack (and a mish-mash of Japanese anime with a friend’s floating head occasionally keyed in). It makes it easy for me to share this strange musical gem where east meets west and things get weird:

It’s a pretty fascinating listen, especially in the spots where they’ve got to cram the extra Japanese syllables to fit a song written for English lyrics (most noticeable in We are the Champions).

If you’d like to hear a high-fidelity version, there’s one posted on eSnips.

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colin roald September 10, 2008 at 1:14 am

Bwah? That’s *awesome*. They even end with “God Save the Queen”, played over an American flag. But the most awesome moment is definitely baldy’s pink topknot waving in time to We Will Rock You.

I think that rockets right straight up to number 2 Most Jawdropping Video of all time. Which is fantastic, really, considering that number 1 is held by the untouchable Hurra Torpedo, Total Eclipse of the Heart.

humanROBOT September 12, 2008 at 12:25 am

“Caviar & cigarettes” has never sounded uglier. Good Lord.

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