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“Maybe not one of my best, but I feel as though I need to include it historically because it was the first parody of mine that really took off. I think I wrote it in about 20 minutes.
“I played it live on the Dr. Demento Show one Saturday night, and it got so popular that the air-check of that performance was bootlegged around the world. It went viral in the days before YouTube and things that went viral.
“There’s a very sick joke in the song that a lot of people don’t get. I wrote it in 1980, and that was the year that some people were trampled to death at a Who concert. There’s a line that goes, 'I haven’t been in a crowd like this since I went to see The Who' – an early example of my very poor taste.
“I never spoke to Freddie Mercury personally, but the guys in Queen wound up approving it. This was done before I even had a record deal; I didn’t even think it would be released. Thankfully, when it came time, the band was OK with it. They had a great sense of humor.”