Monday, September 06, 2004


Iran has decided to allow music by a decadent Western rock act to be imported into the country (thanks to Tyler Cowen for the link). The group is Queen. But the Iranians appear to have a slightly different understanding of Bohemian Rhapsody than I have had:
The accompanying booklet "tells Queen fans that Bohemian Rhapsody is about a young man who has accidentally killed someone and, like Faust, sold his soul to the devil. On the night before his execution he calls God in Arabic, "Bismillah", and so regains his soul from Satan."
On the other hand, I didn't realize that Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara either.

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