I’ll admit, it took me quite a while to get into Queen‘s music, even though “We Will Rock You” has been on my iPod for God knows how long. This summer, I’ve finally taken a liking to their music and for this post, I’ve chosen to share their 1981 hit song, Under Pressure.
You may recognize its bassline from a popular 90’s (though not as classic) song by the name of Ice, Ice, Baby (yes that one), but other than that, the two songs have nothing in common.
Under Pressure features David Bowie on vocals, marking his first ever collaboration, and his presence on the track can be really heard because of the way his vocals contrast with Freddie Mercury‘s high pitched and ever-so distinct sound.
A timeless track indeed, you can’t help but sing along to the opening verses (and basically, that’s what got the song stuck in my head) and the rest of the song’s lyrics are equally as striking.
It may not be Bohemian Rhapsody but Under Pressure should be given the attention it deserves as some new fans rarely pay attention to it, unless they’re like me, and have read about the controversy over the bassline that I mentioned above.
I’ll let you be the judge of things, because like always, here’s the video (sans Bowie, because that’s the clearest version I could find)