Ice Ice Baby vs Under Pressure

Somewhere in the third year of music school a student realizes they can use their burgeoning skills of music notation for good or evil. Today I use mine for good and put an end to a nagging childhood debate.

As Vanilla Ice points out in the video below, the bass lines for his Ice Ice Baby & Queen + David Bowie’s Under Pressure are not identical. But didn’t you always wonder what the difference was?


Here they are notated:





For those counting at home, the last 8th note in the first measure of Ice Ice Baby constitutes the only variation. Mr. Ice was not technically wrong: