The Great Songs: Under Pressure

by Eric Melin on May 5, 2010 · 3 comments

in Music

under pressure bowie queen Our weekly music series The Great Songs continues today with a classic track from Queen and David Bowie.

Sometimes the best tunes come from the spark of an outside collaborator. David Bowie entered the studio to sing backing tracks for a new Queen song, but ended up working with the group on another song called “Still Life.” Eventually that morphed into “Under Pressure,” which was credited to Bowie and all four members of Queen, and released as a single in 1981.

The intertwining vocal lines and starkly different delivery styles of Freddy Mercury and Bowie are a huge part of this song’s appeal. Listen to the tune and read Eric’s commentary about Vanilla Ice here.

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  • ShadowStalker

    That’s interesting. I never realized Bowie was in that song.

  • Matthew

    Every one of these songs that have been featured in this, uh, feature have been some of my most favourite songs. Kudos, good sir!

  • Eric Melin

    Thanks, Matthew! Yeah, ShadowStalker, what’s really cool is that they utilized his songwriting talent as well as his singing, and that’s part of what makes it such a unique song!

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