07 Jun

Under Pressure – Vocals Only

It was 1981 when Queen were recording their album ‘Hot Space’ in Switzerland and David Bowie was recording music for the movie Cat People that the great song ‘Under Pressure’ came about. Bowie stopped by to visit Queen with the intention of adding vocals to the song Cool Cat. Freddie Mercury and Bowie were messing around with some songs when Bowie said, let’s just write a song. 24 hours of wine and cocaine brought on these vocals for Under Pressure. The scene is described in the book “Is This the Real Life?”

“We felt our way through a backing track all together as an ensemble,’ recalled Brian May. ‘When the backing track was done, David said, “Okay, let’s each of us go in the vocal booth and sing how we think the melody should go–just off the top of our heads–and we’ll compile a vocal out of that.” And that’s what we did.’ Some of these improvisations, including Mercury’s memorable introductory scatting vocal, would endure on the finished track. Bowie also insisted that he and Mercury shouldn’t hear what the other had sung, swapping verses blind, which helped give the song its cut-and-paste feel.

Here are the amazing vocals!

Share
19 Jan

Freddie Mercury Movie Finally Coming

Freddie Mercury is finally getting a movie made about his incredible life. I don’t know what to think of when hearing that Sacha Baron Cohen is going to star in the movie. Queen guitarist Brian May said they will begin shooting later this year with a release date in the autumn of 2012.

Share
08 Aug

Music Quote Tidbit – Freddie Mercury

“Rod Stewart, Elton John and I were going to form a band called Hair, Nose and Teeth after the three of us. But it hasn’t happened because none of us can agree on the order of the words!”

Freddie Mercury

Share

Looking for something?

Use the form below to search the site:

Can't find what you want? Just let us know so we can help you!