Brett Eldredge has released his version of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” which arrives in the midst of widespread discussion about the band thanks to the biographical film Bohemian Rhapsody.
Preserving the swinging rockabilly rhythm of the original, Eldredge’s cover opts for programmed handclaps and a dense, reverb-heavy production with some doo wop-style backing vocals and ace guitar work. Eldredge wisely decides not to imitate Freddie Mercury’s athletic vocals, bringing in some of his own full-throated growls and Sinatra-esque tics to change things up. Eldredge recorded the song as part of an ad campaign for the exercise equipment company Peloton.
Penned by Freddie Mercury, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” was included on Queen’s 1980 album The Game and went on to become the band’s first Billboard Hot 100 Number One song in the United States. In 1999, country singer Dwight Yoakam recorded his own version of the song for Last Chance for a Thousand Years: Dwight Yoakam’s Greatest Hits from the 90’s.
The Bohemian Rhapsody film, starring Rami Malek as Mercury, arrived in theaters on November 2nd. Despite mixed reviews, it has already become the second highest-grossing biopic of all time, ahead of the Johnny Cash story I Walk the Line and just behind Straight Outta Compton, about the seminal rap group N.W.A.
Eldredge has a handful of dates on his calendar, including a pair of holiday-themed shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, where he’ll reprise songs from his Christmas album Glow.