I'm sure this has been asked a million times. Still I'm bored, and evil enough to ask it. >:D
The fair ground-ish music in the beginning. What's that song called? I've heard it before in films. So I'm curious.
Perhaps I'm going deaf or something, but I always heard
"Keep bumping man! It's Hammer Time" during the speaking parts during the fair ground music, just as the actual song is begining. Now, the Hammer Time thing I've always found it funny. Oddly enough I bought SHA back in late '91, during the MC Hammer era. LOL
Also has anyone thought that Freddie had a nice rack in the SHA sleeve, and then realise that it's one of Roger's cymbals? :P
I think somebody discovered it was also on a Genesis/Peter Gabriel album, or something like that.
I've also heard it used in some kind of horror film, although I can't remember too much about the film.
Regardless, it's been discussed on here numerous times and no-one's ever actually pinpointed where this music comes from.
"This was largely Serendipity!! We were signed to Jack Holzman's Elektra label in the USA at that time (along with the Eagles, Jackson Browne, and Linda Ronstadt) , and they had given us a bunch of sound effects albums - Which Jack Holtzman had apparently personally produced!!! I had noticed the fairground scene and pinched it wholesale for the beginning of the track !!! Of course, even if anyone from the record company had noticed (which I don't think they did ! - Jack was already long gone) - they wouldn't have stopped us because it was their own product"
Brian H. May - 2003
I was gonna add that the film was about some kind of haunted house on a hill, but thought that sounded too much like "The House On The Haunted Hill", which I didn't think I'd seen.
Obviously I have...
That little tidbit must be public domain. Few years ago I was involved in film production, and while I was doing editing I was using a lot of CD's featuring sound effects. One of those sound effects was that intro and it was labeled as 'Carnival ambience' (something or other).