Will You Do the Fandango?

We all have our moments:

Dashcam video posted on YouTube Wednesday captured a drunken man singing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the back of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) cruiser.

The man begins by insisting that he had “done nothing wrong” and urging the officer to consider the “brotherhood of man of man on the planet Earth.”

Clearly that wasn’t working so the man removed his glasses and began serenading the officer with a animated rendition of Queen’s classic tune for six minutes, including a drum solo on the cruiser’s bullet-proof safety glass.

Anyone know if Punchy or JSF have made any trips to Canada lately?

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76 replies
  1. 1
    Professor says:

    Obamacare Is Dead, Long Live Obamacare!

  2. 2
    SteveM says:

    If I’m arrested while drunk, I’m gonna sing the entire Thick as a Brick album.

  3. 3
    Elisabeth says:

    Are you sure this isn’t a hoax? :)

  4. 4
    Cowbelle says:

    Good lord.

  5. 5
    John Cole says:

    @Elisabeth: I thought about it, but even if it is, it is still awesome.

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    nn says:

    The time skips forward 45 minutes before he starts singing.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Hmm. Are Mounties allowed to post their dashboard camera videos on YouTube? Those videos are surely Crown property, and might need to be kept confidential if they are to be used as evidence.

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    Tom The First says:

    Just bought tickets for Hunger Games from Fandango… god help me. At least the theatre serves booze.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    It definitely wasn’t me. I can’t grow that good a beard. I will check my passport to make sure though.

  10. 10
    Elisabeth says:

    @John Cole:

    Crap! He sings better than I do, drunk or sober.

  11. 11

    I hope for his next bender he does side one of 2112 by Rush.

  12. 12
    supertrooper says:

    I was absolutely sure it was not until Wrong Again Cole said the same thing. Now I am not sure.

  13. 13
    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    Hah, laugh now while you can. Just you wait. Mitt Romney will be singing “We are the Champions” off-key in the back of a secret service limo in 3,2,1…

  14. 14
    BethanyAnne says:

    Ron White certainly looks different with that beard.

  15. 15
    tweez says:

    This is so close to something I might do, it’s making me consider abstinence.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Wow. I wonder what his hangover was like.

  17. 17
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Nope, I definitely wasn’t in Canada on that date. At least, not legally. I fall back on my beard defense.

    @Amir Khalid: Epic.

    @tweez:

    This is so close to something I might do, it’s making me consider abstinence.

    This is going to make you give up sex?

  18. 18
    WereBear says:

    At least it wasn’t Inna Gadda Da Vida.

  19. 19
    tweez says:

    @Polish the Guillotines: 2112 by Rush? Excellent choice sir. Well played!

  20. 20
    double nickel says:

    One of my peeps! Yay!

  21. 21
    Amir Khalid says:

    @ThatLeftTurnInABQ:
    Mitt has all along been singing, “Any way the wind blows, doesn’t really matter to me… “

  22. 22
    tweez says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I’m gonna give up alcohol, stimulants, hallucinogens, and karaoke. The sex don’t enter into it, but I certainly would consider making a vow not to reproduce if one of my kids were gonna turn out like that

  23. 23
    trollhattan says:

    Heard a radio story this morning of a parrot stolen in the UK that sings Bohemian Rhapsody, and the owner suspects the thief won’t be keeping him for long because of that.

    One hopes so.

  24. 24
    muddy says:

    “Physical violence is the least of my priorities.” He doesn’t mention violence done to the song.

  25. 25
    joeyess says:

    The previous thread was titled “Testing Stuff” and then Cole shows up in a RMCP cruiser singing Queen. Wow.

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    @tweez: I figure it’d get him through the entire booking process.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @tweez: Can i haz yur booz?

  28. 28
    double nickel says:

    @nn: Once the case goes to court, which this one must have, the evidence becomes public.

  29. 29
    Amir Khalid says:

    I understand that when they got to the station, our friend in the back seat asked to be released. But the Mounties replied, “Bismillah, no! We will not let you go!”

  30. 30
    James Gary says:

    I’d just like to add that I don’t even need to drink to spontaneously belt out a full-length a capella version of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Sad, really.

  31. 31
    Roger Moore says:

    @SteveM:

    If I’m arrested while drunk, I’m gonna sing the entire Thick as a Brick album.

    And when the police shoot you, it will be ruled a justified homicide.

  32. 32
    Auldblackjack says:

    @Cowbelle:
    Needs more Cowbell.

    Good thing this thing happened in Canada, because I think singing “Momma, just killed a man. Put a gun …etc” would qualify you for a vacation in Gitmo if you did it in the USA.

  33. 33
    Silver says:

    Edson huh?

    This is really high class for the area, to be honest.

  34. 34
    opie jeanne says:

    @John Cole: It IS awesome.

    Even if I could only make it to 3:36, it was awesome.

  35. 35
    Concerned Citizen says:

    “Physical violence is the least of my priorities” was the best. The RCMP have it right man. Not like down here. That guy would’ve gotten his ass kicked.

  36. 36
    Lojasmo says:

    Cops got called to my cousin’s house for a domestic because her hubby was singing Queen to their son at bedtime. True story.

  37. 37
    opie jeanne says:

    @Tom The First: I hope you have read the book. The movie tries to give us the entire book which is impossible in 2 1/2 hours, so some of the motivation is missing along with most of the character development.

    The book was very good, I was surprised by how much I liked it, and I thought the movie did it justice.

  38. 38

    Things that make you go “hmmm…”
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    1) Singing in the back of a police cruiser.
    2) Injuring yourself while mopping in the nude and then blogging about it.
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    Vote | Results

  39. 39
    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    i don’t think ogre would have had his psychotic break if stan gable hadn’t been off at a men’s studies retreat.

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    MikeJ says:

    @opie jeanne: I read the book yesterday because I figured people were going to talk about the movie and I didn’t want spoilers. Pretty entertaining. Not the greatest YA novel of all time, but fun.

  41. 41
    different-church-lady says:

    In the future, everyone will be embarrassed for 15 minutes.

  42. 42
    different-church-lady says:

    @SteveM: Also including drum solo on the cruiser window, I assume?

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    dollared says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Omnes, that’s one way of reminding me that your a Cheesehead.

    Rule 1. Never waste beer.

    Off topic question for you: Did you see the bit where Judge Prosser is claiming that he can’t be disciplined because only the Supreme Court can discipline a Supreme Court justice, and since he throttled the other judge in front of the entire court, they are all witnesses and can’t decide the case? Can that argument possibly succeed?

    Do your obligations prohbit you from answering that?

    Oh, and have you filed anything with the WSBA about Micheal Best & Friedrich yet? Gad, I have friends who worked there…..

  45. 45
    Arclite says:

    Heh, reminds me of this awesome Bohemian Rhapsody video.

  46. 46
    dr. bloor says:

    Could have been worse. Could have been into Canadian rockers.

  47. 47
    Carrie says:

    Had to check the clip to make sure it wasn’t my ex.
    It’s not. I’m quite relieved.

  48. 48
    RedKitten says:

    Yep. When we Canucks get hauled in by the law, we do so with panache and style. :)

    I was expecting the cop to either join in during the operatic section. I’m disappointed that he didn’t.

  49. 49
    Chris Wolf says:

    Bohemian Rapsheet-y.

  50. 50
    MattR says:

    Seriously, no one’s linked Shatner yet?

    @RedKitten: Would the RCMP pull over Batman?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @dollared: I gotta stay clear of anything regarding those questions. We have an election Tuesday and my little corner of the world has been, and will be, very busy.

  53. 53
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I’d never makes an argument appealing to the brotherhood of man on planet earth.

    Must be Punchy.

  54. 54
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I actually got to take that ride once, although Officer Llewellyn let me ride in the passenger’s seat after I correctly spelled his name.

  55. 55
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I actually got to take that ride once, although Officer Llewellyn let me ride in the passenger’s seat after I correctly spelled his name.

  56. 56
    Svensker says:

    This makes me proud of my adopted home.

    Does he have an Albertan accent, or is that just me?

    Physical violence is the least of my priorities. Yay! A Quaker drunk!

  57. 57
    Tony the Wonderhorse says:

    Magnifico!

    I royally mounted a Canadian once but it’s a long, sordid tale (so’s my johnson). Ba-boom!

  58. 58
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Tony the Wonderhorse: A drunken Canadian girl once caused me to smash up my right elbow – also a long, sordid tale.

  59. 59
    joel hanes says:

    He’s just a poor boy from a poor family
    Spare him his life from this monstrosity

    Easy come easy go – will you let me go
    Bismillah! No – we will not let you go – let him go
    Bismillah! We will not let you go – let him go
    Bismillah! We will not let you go – let me go
    Will not let you go – let me go (never)
    Never let you go – let me go
    Never let me go – ooo

  60. 60
    shortstop says:

    @Auldblackjack: While watching this in high amusement and with no little admiration, I was thinking that if this had happened in the U.S., the cops likely as not would have dragged him out of the car and beat him senseless. Those Mounties are a stoic bunch.

    Also, Canadian drunks apparently keep their shirts on. Mildly naughty boys, mildly naughty boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

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    shortstop says:

    I cannot identify a single word in my comment that should have gotten me moderation. Does that mean swearing like a longshoreman comes so naturally I can’t even locate my own poor verbal conduct?

  63. 63
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @shortstop: It is colder there than most of the locations where “Cops” is filmed.

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    JGabriel says:

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    Amir Khalid:

    Are Mounties allowed to post their dashboard camera videos on YouTube?

    __
    According to an update at the end of the story, the video was posted by the drunk guy himself:

    UPDATE: The Smoking Gun reports that the Canadian crooner is Robert Wilkinson, 29, a home-brewer who posted on Facebook last month that he was “solving the worlds problems, one beer at a time.” Wilkinson is the person who originally posted the footage to YouTube, after receiving it during the process of discovery in his own case, in which he is currently acting as his own lawyer.

    __
    .

  65. 65
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @JGabriel:

    in which he is currently acting as his own lawyer.

    That should go well.

  66. 66
    cinesimon says:

    Has nobody else thought that John Cole looks very skinny in this video?

  67. 67
    dollared says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Seriously, isn’t it great that this guy feels he has enough margin for error that he can live like this?

    And good luck this week. You live in interesting times…

  68. 68
    Jerzy Russian says:

    The above video is now my second favorite rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, replacing this version:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgbNymZ7vqY

  69. 69
    JCJ says:

    He may just well be the next Susan Boyle! I hope he gets a recording contract!

    You know, Edson, Alberta isn’t very big. I’m amazed he made it through the whole song before they arrived at their destination.

  70. 70
    Silver says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Drunken Canadian girl?

    Why so redundant?

  71. 71
    YellowJournalism says:

    Edson is not far from me. Just a few hours. Surprised I never heard of this before now.

    My husband and I have been doing our own sing-a-longs to this for years in the hope that when we’re still doing it when our kids are in their teens, it will be joyously embarressing for them.

    Or it could backfire, and this will be my son in 25 years…

  72. 72
    NorthLeft12 says:

    Mr. Wilkinson should base his defence on this video.

    “Your worship, how can an intoxicated man “faultlessly” sing Bohemian Rhapsody? It is just not possible! Move for dismissal.”

    By the way the guy should be let off just for this:

    Physical violence is the least of my priorities right now.

    I am proud to call him a fellow Canadian.

  73. 73

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    Dave says:

    Wow, I could swear that’s my college roommate, circa 1984. Lou, you haven’t aged a bit!

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    scot says:

    @JCJ: Alberta=255000 sq. miles, Texas = 268000 sq. miles. Albert is big.

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    Silver says:

    @scot:

    Alberta is large. Edson, not so much.

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