Hear This: Freddie Mercury doesn’t like Star Wars (or Jaws, but hey, it’s not Jaws Week)

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week: In honor of this week’s theme, we’re doing songs with Star Wars references.

Queen, “Bicycle Race” (1978)

When Freddie Mercury declaims “I don’t like Star Wars” halfway into the first verse of Queen’s single “Bicycle Race,” it’s not really meant as a cutting piece of cinematic critique. After all, the song’s context makes it clear that Mercury’s responding less to the content of George Lucas’ 1977 juggernaut, than to its inescapable cultural position. By 1978, when “Bicycle Race” was released (as part of a double-A-side record with “Fat Bottomed Girls”), Star Wars was already ubiquitous, as easy a touchstone for movie-going conformity as Steven Spielberg’s earlier Jaws. (Which, the singer just informed us, was never his “scene.”) Even moreso then than now, before prequel movies …

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