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Bizarre Musical Pairings
Posted Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:40pm PDT by Shawn Amos in GetBack
Music is the only world where two people who otherwise wouldnât be caught in the same room together can stand side by side like soul mates â" at least for three minutes and 20 seconds. Some of the best (and, admittedly, worst) music has been made by people who probably donât even know each otherâs last names. Call them arranged marriages. Call them the brainchild of an overzealous manager. Call them the last âoeHail Maryâ pass for a career about to take its last gasp. Take a look at these genius and misguided pairings and then decide who you want to accompany you on your next karaoke night.
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Elton John & Eminem
In the great struggle for gay equality, you can look to Elton John and Eminemâs 2001 Grammy Awards performance as a turning point. Under pressure from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (they didnât dig some of his lyrics), Mr. Mathers agreed to an arranged marriage with Mr. John, performing his single âoeStan.â The union was a success. Still, Elton and Eminem broke up the next day.
Jonas Brothers & Stevie Wonder
My God, what insane, tone-deaf music publicist put this train wreck together? The âtween hacks were matched with Stevie at the 2009 Grammy Awards telecast for a rendition of âoeSuperstition.â Are you kidding me? âoeSUPERSTITIONâ? A song that has more chords and changes than the entire Jonas Brothers catalog? The final nail in the coffin occurred when one of those Jonas dudes yelled, âoeShow âem what you got, Stevie!â before Wonder took a solo. I'm grinding my teeth just thinking about it.
David Bowie & Bing Crosby
This is the Holy Grail of bizarre musical pairings. The two singers recorded âoePeace on Earth/Little Drummer Boyâ in 1977 for Crosbyâs TV special, âoeBing Crosbyâs Merrie Olde Christmas.â Bowie has said the only reason he did it is because his mom was a fan. Unfortunately (or thankfully, depending on who you ask), there would be no future collaborations. Bing died less than two months after recording the special.
Ben Folds & William Shatner
While recording side project Fear of Pop, Folds asked Shatner to perform vocals on the track âoeIn Love.â It was the first time Shatner had done a studio recording since his famed 1968 release, âoeThe Transformed Man.â The two became fast friends and made a full album together in 2004, âoeHas Been.â They upped the oddball ante by inviting Henry Rollins, Joe Jackson, and Aimee Mann to participate.
Jack White & Loretta Lynn
Who would have thought that a 69-year-old country singer and an eccentric 29-year-old Detroit musician would make such a natural duo? As odd as the pairing may seem, it resulted in 2004âs âoeVan Lear Rose,â the coal minerâs daughterâs best record in years. Lynn called White her âoefriend foreverâ and took home a 2005 Grammy for Best Country Album.
Crystal Gayle & Tom Waits
In 1982 Francis Ford Coppola made an experimental musical called âoeOne f"