Bowie, Mercury Issue Joint Call For Pressure-Relief Legislation
New Musical Express, March 4th 1981
Fans, Ministers Baffled By Minimalist Pomp-Rock Pronouncement
Musicians David Bowie and Freddie Mercury have called upon the government to enact extraordinary measures for the relief of pressure - pressure that is pushing down on me and pressing down on you.
"Pressure... No man ask for," Bowie states, confusing both fans and English-speakers.
Addressing the nation in a video released this week, the rock stars call upon ministers to recognise the plight of people on the streets, a demand that has been interpreted as some kind of half-assed allusion to the homeless.
"That's the terror of knowing what this world is about," Bowie informs puzzled viewers in the three-minute film. "Watching some good friends screaming 'let me out'."
Mercury, in contrast, advocates the introduction of emergency "love" powers, demanding to know "Why can't we give love that one more chance?"
"Ee dah day," he adds, somewhat cryptically. "Bah dah-dah-bah bop... Bah-dah dop."
Close friends were unable to explain what message, if any, the film was intended to convey.
"It's as if they're observing that sometimes bad things happen, and that's a bad thing, so we should stop the bad things," one source said. "And that somehow love will conquer all, because love's such an old fashioned word, and love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night - whoever the hell they are, it's not entirely clear - and love also dares you to change our way of caring about ourselves... Whatever the hell that's supposed to mean."
"It's probably about the human condition or something, or maybe the madness of the modern age." The source shook his head ruefully. "I suspect drugs may have been involved," he said.
Neither Bowie nor Mercury were available for comment due to previous sex, cocaine and cocaine-sex orgy commitments.