Queen and Bowie's "Under Pressure" and Five More Isolated Vocal Tracks We'd Love to Hear

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Last week, the internet was abuzz with a found relic, an isolated vocal track from 1981 of Freddy Mercury and David Bowie singing "Under Pressure."

There's none of Brian May's guitar, nor any bass or drums that might give you flashbacks to "Ice Ice Baby" which took its hook from this classic song. There are only voices. Cocaine and wine fueled fantastic voices. Queen's version with instruments intact is a justifiably universally beloved song, but the straight vocal track right from the intro with its nonsensical da boom ba bets haunts you in a completely different way.

After hearing this a cappella version, you can't help but wonder if the rest of the band was just slowing Freddie and Ziggy down. In the spirit of this find, we present to you five more songs that would be more interesting with the singers' voices alone in the studio.

"Under Pressure" Isolated Vocal Track

5. "Lovin' You" by Minnie Riperton
Her voice is ridiculous, but not as ridiculous as the easy listening piano and guitar backing her. I won't even mention the annoying bird chirping in the background. Give Saturday Night Live's Maya Rudolph's late mother some cred, and let her voice go solo. And for God's sake, let that poor bird free.

4. "Hot for Teacher" by Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen's noodling up and down his guitar kind of makes this song, but hearing only David Lee Roth's vocals gives this a comedy album feel like a missing track from a Cheech and Chong record.

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