Almost everyone knows the song “Under Pressure,” but what about its origins?
Turns out, the classic Queen and David Bowie collaboration was written during a drunken recording session in Switzerland. In a Youtube series chronicling Queen, drummer Roger Taylor is seen saying, ‘Well, I think the process was we were all drunk, and in the studio, and we were just for fun playing all sorts of old songs.”
At one point, the song’s famous riff written by bassist Joh Deacon was almost forgotten! Check out the whole story on Youtube series, ‘Queen the Greatest.’ Do you think “Under Pressure” would have been as epic without its riff?
*in the studio*
David Bowie: Are you ready to record Under Pressure?
Freddie Mercury: Sure am David
Bowie: You remembered to write the lyrics for the first verse like we talked about?
Mercury: Bada dah-dah, doo da doo
Bowie: COME ON MAN
Mercury: Undah Presshah
— Aidan "func over formtion" Morgan (@palinode) September 1, 2021
Have you ever done anything amazing while drunk?