Ok. So… I’ve always considered myself a pretty big Queen fan but this information was totally news to me. I mean, I figured they had recorded a few dittys & demos while in their session together but apparently they managed to flesh out quite a few tracks but simply never got them mixed.
David Bowie and Queen got together in the 80s when drummer Roger Taylor invited Bowie to their space in Montreaux. Since the artists had a “mutual admiration” for one another it lead to the recording session that birthed “Under Pressure”.
WATCH: UNDER PRESSURE
Music historian, Neil Cossar, reveals in his upcoming book David Bowie I Was There that according to Peter Hince (Queen’s former head roadie) there were many more unheard tracks & duets between Bowie and Freddie Mercury.
Hince made these comments after guitarist Brian May suggested that the material was sitting in an archive and might potentially be released at some point. “Not all of what we did in those sessions has ever come to light – so there’s a thought,” the Queen guitarist said.
Here’s something exciting though, one of the other tracks from the session titled “Cool Cat” was released online by Queen back in 2014 (and yet I still had somehow not heard it before today). You need to give this a listen, it’s pretty unlike anything the band did. To me, it almost has a modern rap/R’n’B feel to it. Really interesting stuff.
WATCH: COOL CAT
“There’s stuff with Freddie and David singing together. Proper full-length rock’n’roll tracks. Raw, but good,” Hince recalled. “They did cover versions, a few of their own things. They came back the next day and recorded what eventually became ‘Under Pressure’. But there were other things recorded which were never finished or mixed. David did vocals which ended up not being used. So somewhere there is an archive. I was in the studio with them. It was all quite spontaneous. I can categorically say I know that there were complete tracks. Not mixed tracks, but fully formed songs. Does it belong to the David Bowie estate or to Queen? That’s probably part of the reason these things have never come to light.”
“Under Pressure” eventually made it onto Queen’s 1982 album Hot Space and reached #1 in the UK and #29 in the U.S.
Seriously though, if you haven’t listened to “Cool Cat” yet go listen to it NOW!
BONUS: SECOND VERSION OF COOL CAT FEATURING MORE OF DAVID BOWIE