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UNDER PRESSURE
(Live at Wembley)
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Bohemian Rhapsody

Show Must Go On

Is This the World We Created (Live Aid - 1985)
I Want to Break Free (Live at Wembley)
Under Pressure (Live at Wembley)

Queen - David Bowie - Under Pressure

Simgle by :Queen and David Bowie

Album :Hot Space(1981)

lyrics

 

"Under Pressure" is a 1981 song by Queen and David Bowie. It marked Queen's first released collaboration with another recording artist, and is featured on their 1982 album Hot Space. The song was a hit at the time, reaching #1 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song is remembered for its distinct bassline, which was sampled in 1990 by Vanilla Ice in his most popular hit, "Ice Ice Baby".

Collaboration

Bowie had originally come to the studios in order to sing backing vocals in another Queen song, "Cool Cat," which would end up being edited out since he wasn't satisfied with them. Once he got there, they worked together for a while and wrote the song.

 

Creation

Queen had been working on the song under the title "Feel Like" but weren't yet satisfied with the result. The final version that became "Under Pressure" evolved from a jam session the band had with Bowie at its studio in Montreux, Switzerland, therefore it was credited as co-written by the five musicians. According to Queen bassist John Deacon (as quoted in a French magazine in 1984), however, the song's primary musical songwriter was Freddie Mercury — though all contributed to the arrangement. An earlier, embryonic version of the song without Bowie called "Feel Like" is widely available in bootleg form.

There has been some confusion about who created the song's famous bassline. John Deacon said (in Japanese magazine Musiclife in 1982, and in the previously mentioned French magazine) that David Bowie had created it. In more recent interviews, Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor have credited the bass riff to Deacon; Bowie also said on his website that the bassline was already written before he became involved. The bassline may have an even earlier source- it bears striking resemblance to the first theme of the third movement of Sibelius' first symphony of 1898. In any case, the September 2005 edition of online music magazine Stylus singled out the bassline as the best in popular music history.

The first title found for this song was "People on Streets". It then became "Under Pressure".

 


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