Are you a cat lover? Do you adore parody videos? Have you been longing for someone to combine the humble cat and rock supergroup Queen? Yes? Well it's your lucky day. No? It's your lucky day anyway. Shirley Șerban, a parody musician from New Zealand has created a cat based parody of Queen's poignant, operatic hit Bohemian Rhapsody.
It's called…wait for it…Bohemian Catsody! When this groundbreaking song was released, it might have seemed like sacrilege to make such a powerful track humorous. However, Mike Myers executed it perfectly in the hilarious headbanging scene in Wayne's World. If anything, Bohemian Catsody is even funnier.
The video starts with the heads of four cats illuminated against a black background, exactly as the heads of the band were in the original. An extra special element of the video is that the cats weren't computer-generated or chosen at random. Shirley posted a competition on her Facebook page. She asked cat owners to submit photos of their beloved moggies, and the four winners would play the band in the video.
The winners were Boo, Griffin, Sweetie, and the aptly named Stripey Superstar, who won the prime role of Freddie Mercury. This video is not only hilarious due to cats replacing humans in the lead roles. The lyrics have also been changed to reflect a feline point of view, and any cat owner will tell you Shirley has absolutely nailed it. She has even made a menopause version called, you guessed it, “Menopause Rhapsody”.
It replaces Freddie's mournful line, "Mama, just killed a man", with "Mama, Just killed a mouse". It then continues, "Ate it all except the head. That's your present on your bed". A charming experience every cat owner will recognise.
Other highlights include lines about a cat's indecision about whether they want to go outside and their love for running at full speed around the house at 3 am when you're trying to sleep. As well as being great fun, the video is also impressive because Shirley has managed to create very realistic mews and make the singing sound very feline. You could really believe four cats were singing this amazing song and finally putting into words what they think of us humans, their staff. If you haven't seen it yet, give yourself a giggle and take a look now.