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Karen O and Willie Nelson unite to cover Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure"

28 October 2020, 17:38 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Karen O and Willie Nelson have joined forces to cover Queen and David Bowie's huge anthem "Under Pressure".

Their gentle cover is inspired by next week's US election, and arrives just two days after the song's 39th release day anniversary.

Karen O says of their cover, "I’ve heard this song countless times without processing the gravity of what Bowie and Freddie were singing about, maybe because their performances are so exhilarating you get swept away in the high of that duet. Our cover was meant to be more intimate but just as saturated with the power of love. I can’t listen to this song without tearing up every time Willie comes in, one of the purest voices which of course reflects a pure heart, and I get to sing alongside it. I hope the song brings as much light to the listener as it has to me in dark times."

The new version of "Under Pressure" is produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek. The cover features guitars from Karen O's bandmate Nick Zinner, Imaad Wasif, and Johnny Hanson, and includes backing vocals from Priscilla Ahn.

Karen O and Willie Nelson's "Under Pressure" cover is out now.
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