I am a huge David Tennant fan, so whenever there is something new coming out that he is involved with … I am all over it. I am also a big fan of the author Neil Gaiman. SO when I heard that David Tennant was appearing in an adaptation of one of Neil Gaiman’s books … I couldn’t wait. Hardly one of Neil’s newer books … I think he wrote it in the nineties and I read it a long time ago but I can remember really enjoying it. Good Omens is a television series based on that novel.
So I did a bit of binge watching Saturday night (after a long day of laying mulch in the yard!) and can I just say I was not disappointed. What an amazing cast and what a super fun ride that show was. (the season has six episodes – so not my worst binge watching evening … that honor still goes to Orange is the New Black). One of the things that caught my eye (or my ear) was how much Queen music was in the show. Now this is not jumping on the Bohemian Rhapsody bandwagon. Any fan of the book “Good Omens” will tell you how central a role Queen’s music played in the story of Crowley and Aziraphale, (A running gag throughout the book is that most of the music tapes in Crowley’s car — a 1926 Bentley — are from Queen. So pretty much every time Crowley drives his car in the Amazon series, there is a Queen song playing — including “You’re My Best Friend” and “We Will Rock You.”) but I wondered how they were allowed to use the music in the show.
So it turns out initially Brian May said the show could use some Queen songs but not Bohemian Rhapsody because at the time the film was still being worked on. But then after some time had passed May changed his mind and allowed the show to use Bohemian Rhapsody, which is good because that was a big part of the book. Bohemian Rhapsody is playing when Demon Crowley gets his orders from Satan. The makers of the show said that the lads from Queen were very good to work with which doesn’t surprise me and Neil Gaiman was quoted as saying …“I was very grateful to Queen for coming back into fashion. The idea of Queen becoming perfectly relevant 30 years after ‘Good Omens’ came out is one that I would never have thought of.” It was perfect time to make a series out of that slightly Queen obsessed book.