Season 1, Episode 3
Goldberg: Nick and I grew up loving Queen. There's even, like, an old video that we keep closely guarded of us lip-syncing "Don't Stop Me Now" at summer camp. So we wanted to do this song that starts with Freddie Mercury, but then during it, Andrew's convinced he's gay, and Mark took that and really ran with it.
Rivers: When they first told me they wanted a Queen song, I thought, Oh, shit! Queen, huh? I'm a huge Queen fan, so I didn't want to blow it, but I think we came pretty close. The scary thing was trying to figure out who I was going to get to sound like Freddie Mercury. But I remembered a friend of mine, Brendon Small, did this show on Adult Swim called Metalocalypse, and a couple years ago, they put out a tribute to Queen. So through my friend Brendon I was able to track down this other guy, Brendan McCreary, and he nailed it.
Goldberg: We thought since [the ghost of Duke Ellington] could conjure people, he would conjure some dead gay men for Andrew. We put Antonin Scalia in that category, and apparently, according to the lawyers and Netflix, because he's dead, that was kind of OK [laughs]. The artwork in this song is so fun and big. We used a few different Queen videos as inspiration -- the more trippy ones. My favorite shot is the sad vaginas saying goodbye.
Rivers: And then John Mulaney comes charging through in the second verse with, "I'm gay! Totally gay!" -- it's so heartbreakingly sweet and awesome. He's one of those guys who's like, I can't really sing, but it's like, Yeah, but you're the perfect amount of can't sing. It's this beautiful thing that you don't want to polish too much. I find that a lot with comedy vocals: My instinct as a musician is to make it as musically perfect as I can, but sometimes you gotta let the rawness and the warts shine through. It's a fine line, though. You don't want the joke to be: This guy's a terrible singer. That's a different joke.