Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Queen and David Bowie – Under Pressure


185 – Queen And David Bowie – Under Pressure (1981)
Written by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon & David Bowie
Produced by Queen and David Bowie
Label – EMI/Elektra

There’s a tinge of sadness associated with this magnificent song. Mainly, it’s that both Bowie and Freddie Mercury are no longer of this world. Secondly, the potential hinted at on “Under Pressure” was only a single, tempting treat, never to be fulfilled with more material. The song came from a jam session in Switzerland, and according to legend, both Bowie and Mercury were incredibly nervous as they both had star quality and creative genius to maintain. The tension reflects perfectly on to the record, and John Deacon’s iconic bass line thuds like a heartbeat, whilst our heroes pour their best vocal performances in a battle of one upmanship never heard before.



12 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Queen and David Bowie – Under Pressure

  1. Ice, ice baby… hahaha. Sorry. As great as this song, that bass line will forever remind me of that Vanilla Ice single.

  2. Agreed. Such a great track and a shame that there’s no other Bowie and Mercury material available.

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