The lyrics are topical for the time and contain social, political, and pop culture references, such as religion , Vietnam War , Watergate , cocaine , fictional characters Peter Pan , Frankenstein and Superman , actor John Wayne , and the films Jaws and Star Wars. Brian May has said that the song was not an autobiographical portrait of Mercury and that Mercury did not particularly enjoy bicycling, also noting that despite the lyric "I don't like Star Wars", Mercury was a Star Wars fan. Video[ edit ] The video was famous for having 65 nude women, all professional models, racing at Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. It was filmed by Denis de Vallance. The group rented the stadium and several dozen bicycle riders for one day for filming the scene; however, when the renting company became aware of the way their bikes were used, they requested that the group purchase all the bicycle seats. Distribution[ edit ] The song was released as a single and is also included in the following albums and box sets:
Portland's famous cycling event will take place this summer, on Saturday, June This will be the 15th iteration of the popular event, which once again is expected to draw throngs of nude and nearly-nude cyclists. As always, the starting location for the ride will be announced later this spring, with the actual route kept under wraps to dissuade the public from lining the streets in advance, posing a possible public safety hazard for attendees.
The focus of the protest is theoretically to encourage people to give up their "dependence on fossil fuel" -- but in practice the messages which the organizers tell participants to paint directly on their bodies are more scattered, ranging from "free speech" to presidential politics. I attended the San Francisco version of the event, which started at noon in the city's Justin Herman Plaza. Most of the photos presented below are self-explanatory and self-parodying , so I'll keep the captions to a minimum. Women's panties with strategically placed hole -- check.