U is for Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie

I grew up listening to Queen and David Bowie thanks to my mum – I have an eclectic taste in music and my mum’s favourite music was definitely a formative influence on my own taste.

Under Pressure is so great because you get two incredible vocalists in one song. Freddie Mercury’s voice is iconic and with Bowie’s unique voice as well you’ve got an amazing duet.

The scat singing that’s present throughout the song makes it feel like these two artists are just jamming together, improvising and having fun. The baseline in Under Pressure has become one of the most easily recognisable baseline’s in music. It’s used in Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby and I’m sure there’s people of a certain age that know it from Vanilla Ice’s song rather than the original – but that’s the power of music I suppose.

I think I like Under Pressure so much because it brings together two brilliant artists in one catchy and memorable song. The combination of artists is probably why I like Dancing in the Street by David Bowie and Mick Jagger so much too.

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8 comments

  1. Queen and David Bowie…. how could it be anything but great?!
    But I do admit…. I quicker associate that Baseline with Vanilla Ice 🙊

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