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Under Pressure: Best Rock Duet of All Time?

Posted on Friday, May 15, 2009 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments9 Comments
When Queen and David Bowie came together to create "Under Pressure" the world received what is, I think, the best rock duet of all time. After all, the song features just about the best bass line of all time plus the dueling vocals of Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. It really doesn't get more Glam than that.


I never saw Queen with Mercury (or without for that matter) and I've never been to a Bowie concert either. Apparently Bowie does "Under Pressure" at every live show - I think that would be epic! There's something about the riff of the song...you hear it one time, and it's all over: the song owns you!


"Under Pressure" is a great duet because it's all rock and no sap. A nice, deep hook and great vocals equal a classic tune.


Can you think of a better rock duet?


Reader Comments (9)

Lita ford & Ozzy - close my eyes forever
May 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlooksthatkill
absolutely LOVE David Bowie :)
He's one of my favourite artists of all time.
May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucifer
Brilliant video. Just right for the times...
watching it I get the very sad feeling that music is just not what it used to be.
May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPearl
Check out the David Bowie/Annie Lennox version from the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert. Awesome.

I agree, one of the best of all time... Still never fails to give me chills.
May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValentine
I'm with LOOKSTHAT KILL...Ozzy/Lita and a close second would be Hunger strike by Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder (Temple Of The Dog )
May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTommy
I always thought the version of Under My Wheels with Alice and Axl was pretty cool with Slash and Izzy on guitar.
Axl also sang a great duet on Train Kept a Rollin and Mama Kin with Steven Tyler when Aerosmith joined Guns on stage in Paris.
May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike
I agree with Mike on Under my wheels, in that it's good. But I'd go with Hammerfall with Udo singing Head over heels...

Ice, ice, baby
May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
I think the Ozzy/Lita duet was definitely the biggest hit and probably the most memorable one -- I remember being at the video shoot for that cause I was working for Location Update magazine at the time and was doing a story about location scouting. That's the day I first met Chris Holmes (Lita's lover at the time) -- what a character.

One great duet we're forgetting: "Don't Fight it" featuring Steve Perry and Kenny Loggins. That was a huge MTV hit.
May 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergerry gittelson
Oh yeah, there was "Dancing in the Street" with Bowie and Mick Jagger. It was big, but I always thought the video came off as a bit limp-wristed, if you know what I mean ...
May 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergerry gittelson

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