Story Behind Queen & David Bowies 'Under Pressure' Song


Freddie Mercury and David Bowie's performance on "Under Pressure" is one of the greatest rock duets ever recorded and believe it or not, the whole thing came out of an impromptu jam session. Both Queen and Bowie were recording albums at the same studio in Switzerland at the time, and one night they were jamming for fun when Bowie suggested they try to write a song. According to Brian May, Bowie wanted he and Mercury to each go into the booth and come up with a vocal track - without hearing what the other was singing.  Bowie also suggested changing the song title from "People In The Streets" to "Under Pressure".