Queen were in the process of recording their tenth studio album Hot Space, at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland, when the great David Bowie would drop by. Bowie, at the time, was in the very same studio recording the theme and title track for the upcoming film Cat People. What transpired was the writing and recording of one of the greatest songs of all time—a piece of pop music history. This is how I do it! One of them being the title of the track. He then demanded he be present at the mixing of the record with Mercury coming down to the studio to help mediate between Bowie and producer Reinhold Mack.
The musicians decided to 'knock things around'
Originally released as a single in October , it was later included on Queen's album Hot Space. The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart , becoming Queen's second number-one hit in their home country after 's " Bohemian Rhapsody ", which topped the chart for nine weeks and Bowie's third after the reissue of " Space Oddity " and " Ashes to Ashes " in The song charted in the top 10 in more than ten countries around the world, and peaked at No. The song has been described as a "monster rock track that stood out" on the Hot Space album, as well as "an incredibly powerful and poignant pop song". Queen had been working on a song called "Feel Like", but were not satisfied with the result. Once he got there, they worked together for a while and wrote the song. It was credited as being co-written by the five musicians. The scat singing that dominates much of the song is evidence of the jam-beginnings as improvisation. However, according to Queen bassist John Deacon as quoted in a French magazine in ,  the song's primary musical songwriter was Freddie Mercury — though all contributed to the arrangement. Brian May recalled to Mojo magazine, in October , that, "It was hard, because you had four very precocious boys and David, who was precocious enough for all of us.
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Under pressure That burns a building down Splits a family in two Puts people on streets. It's the terror of knowing What this world is about Watching some good friends Screaming: Let me out Pray tomorrow gets me higher Pressure on people, people on streets. Chipping around, kick my brains around the floor These are the days it never rains but it pours Ee do ba be Ee da ba ba ba Um bo bo Be lap. It's the terror of knowing What this world is about Watching some good friends Screaming: Let me out. Turned away from it all like a blind man Sat on a fence but it don't work Keep coming up with love But it's so slashed and torn Why, why, why? Love, love, love, love, love. Insanity laughs, under pressure we're breaking Can't we give ourselves one more chance Why can't we give love that one more chance Why can't we give love? Em alta:. David Bowie.
Single sleeve from the release. Yet the song somehow married the best traits of these wildly disparate artists to create a huge success 1 on the UK charts in and a song that still resonates today long after some of the trendier songs of the era have faded. That latter element eventually came from John Deacon, and it gave the song a playful bottom end to balance out the more dramatic musical and lyrical elements. You can hear the song as a kind of battle of wills between the two men, or at least the characters that they were playing in the song. Maybe he needed Queen to open his ears to the potential in such an approach, and maybe Queen needed Bowie to add a little acidity to their message. In any case, this pairing that, on paper, seemed like a train wreck, turned out to be pure magic on record. Read the lyrics. Log in to leave a comment. Sign in.