Karen O and Willie Nelson have collaborated for a cover of David Bowie and Queen’s Under Pressure.”
O reached out to Nelson to cover the track after feeling inspired by political lines like, “And love dares you to change our way of/ Caring about ourselves/ This is our last dance.”
“Willie’s daughter Amy very supportively said, ‘Have her send him the song and he’ll sing on it!” Karen O explains. “At this point my mind was melting but I had to focus and pull a song out of the ether that was worthy of a living legend and spoke to the people in troubled times, not an easy assignment. Then like a bolt out of the blue ‘Under Pressure’ came to mind — 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.”
Listen to Karen O and Willie Nelson’s cover of “Under Pressure” below.