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AdamAdministrator
(cricket menace)
06/30/06 07:55 PM
Under Pressure & Who Wrote the Best Ever Bassline?  

The bassline of Under Pressure was apparantly singled out as the best in popular music history in the September 2005 issue of Stylus magazine.

There has, however, been conjecture over who wrote the riff - whether it was John Deacon or David Bowie.

In recent times, Brian May and Roger Taylor have credited the bass riff to Deacon, however Deacon himself mentioned in 1982 and again in 1984 that Bowie had written the riff.

In recent times on Bowienet, Bowie was questioned about his involvement and the bands involvement in the track. He said:

The song was written from the ground up on the night I visited their studio. I believe the riff had already been written by Freddie and the others so then we jointly put together the different chord sections to make it a cohesive piece of music. Then Freddie and I came up with our individual top line melodies. So when you hear Freddie sing, that's what he wrote and when you hear me sing, that was mine. Then we worked on the lyrics together. I still cannot believe that we had the whole thing written and recorded in one evening flat. Quite a feat for what is actually a fairly complicated song.

Anyway, for Bowie's sake I am hoping he recalls correctly because it's not ever day one surrenders authorship of the best ever bass line in music history!

In other news, I also found out there's an instrumental version of the song (not mentioned by Ruud or Pegg) that can be found on two Queen releases:

* the DVD menu for the Hot Space section of Greatest Video Hits 2

* the Greatest Karaoke Hits release


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russellmael
(crash course raver)
07/01/06 06:45 AM
Re: Under Pressure & Who Wrote the Best Ever Bassline? new [re: Adam]  

you can get it here:

http://www.network54.com/Forum/490990/



AdamAdministrator
(cricket menace)
07/01/06 06:58 AM
THANKS! new [re: russellmael]  

Very nice to hear - especially some of Bowie's background wailing independant of the lead vox.

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AdamAdministrator
(cricket menace)
07/01/06 07:04 AM
Rah new [re: russellmael]  

There's something else I'd like to get to the bottom of..........

In the RAH mix of the song, you can hear Freddy open with:

"You say New York, New York is dangerous
Cause you read that where you may"


And Bowie responds magnificently:

"Even a blind man could see that's not so"

Neither line is in the original song. So where did they originate from?


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russellmael
(crash course raver)
07/01/06 07:59 AM
Re: Rah new [re: Adam]  

Interestingly, that mix also includes a extra guitar line that was previously only on the US Radio session version that Brian May did in 1991 to promote the Queen album Innuendo (basically him jamming along with various songs that the DJ played.. it appears on many Bowie bootlegs in an edited form labelled as a 'demo version')



syndrome
(kook)
07/01/06 08:02 AM
Re: Under Pressure & Who Wrote the Best Ever Bassl new [re: Adam]  

It's not the best bass riff ever. I can't tell you what is yet, but a two-note riff like that can't be, surely...

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russellmael
(crash course raver)
07/01/06 08:05 AM
Re: Under Pressure & Who Wrote the Best Ever Bassl new [re: syndrome]  

surely that's the genius?



syndrome
(kook)
07/01/06 08:29 AM
Re: Under Pressure & Who Wrote the Best Ever Bassl new [re: russellmael]  

I understand the argument, but still! I mean, the best (not just bass) riff ever could be Smoke on the Water, which is very simple, but still! Still! There must be something better than the Under Pressure riff. Basically because I don't like it much, and what I say goes. Nyah.

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sonofsilence
(two inch thoughts)
07/01/06 01:43 PM
Re: Under Pressure & Who Wrote the Best Ever Bassl new [re: syndrome]  

In reply to:

It's not the best bass riff ever.


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Dara
(acolyte)
07/03/06 05:50 AM
Re: Under Pressure & Who Wrote the Best Ever Bassl new [re: syndrome]  

"Best" is an elusive term but certainly there's a strong case for it being the most memorable and catchy.

But then it's not like there's a massive amount of competition. How many truly great bass riffs are there in the history of rock and pop? Bowie's been associated with a few others (Walk On The Wild Side, Ashes To Ashes, Let's Dance), and Peter Hook has come up with dozens of great ones for Joy Division, New Order and his other projects, but it's not like lead guitar, where there are literally thousands of great riffs.

I always assumed Deacon wrote the Under Pressure one, so it's certainly interesting that he said it was Bowie. Assuming he wasn't joking. The Deacon-penned Queen numbers always had great bass riffs (e.g., Another One Bites The Dust).

Slan libh,

Dara

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