With the sad news of David Bowie’s passing earlier today having set the internet ablaze, now is definitely a time that many fans are discovering and rediscovering much of rock & roll’s original chameleon’s work.
One such work is 1981’s Under Pressure, a song released by David Bowie and Queen. The story goes that David Bowie entered Mountain Studios to record backing vocals on the Queen song “Cool Cat” but wound up working on ‘Under Pressure’ with the band instead as it was a song Queen had written but was not yet satisfied with.
The rest is history. The song had a profound impact on pop music at the time and beyond, with Stylus magazine listing the song as having one of the best bass lines in pop music history. Vanilla Ice agreed.
Being hailed as having one of the best bass lines in pop history is a profound feat when you are living in the same universe as Paul McCartney or Flea.
So now, here is your chance to rediscover “Under Pressure” in an entirely different form – as an acapella performance featuring the now chilling voices of David Bowie and Freddie Mercury.