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Gruesome Twosomes
September 25, 2023 02:23PM
Maybe not so gruesome, just very strange and unlikely collabs between TP artists and semi-random others:

-Joe "King" Carrasco and the Crowns + Michael Jackson = “Don’t Let a Woman (Make a Fool Out of You)”
-Circle Jerks + Debbie Gibson = "I Wanna Destroy You" (covering the Soft Boys)
-Pet Shop Boys (w/Art of Noise’s Anne Dudley and Angelo Badalamenti)+ Liza Minelli = "Results" album
-Morrissey + Nancy Sinatra = "Let Me Kiss You"
-Was (Not Was) + Frank Sinatra Jr = "Wedding Vows in Vegas"
-Was (Not Was) + Mel Torme = "Zaz Turned Blue"
-Nick Cave + Kylie Minogue = "Where the Wild Roses Grow"

R.E.M. & KRS-ONE are both TP artists, but still pretty weird combo.
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Re: Gruesome Twosomes
September 25, 2023 02:55PM
Midnight Oil + Emmylou Harris - "Home"

Public Image Ltd (or, John Lydon more specifically) + Ginger Baker + Tony Williams + Steve Vai - (Album)
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September 25, 2023 02:58PM
INXS + Ray Charles on "Please (You Got That)"
Tim Armstrong (Rancid) + Joe Walsh on "Hi-Roller Baby"
Iggy Pop + Teddybears on "Punkrocker"
Billie Joe Armstrong + Norah Jones on Foreverly
The Ramones + Traci Lords on "Somebody to Love"
Spinal Tap + Cher on "Just Begin Again"
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September 25, 2023 03:56PM
The KLF + Tammy Wynette - "Justified & Ancient"

People initially thought U2 teaming up with Johnny Cash was hilarious, until they finally got the memo that Johnny Cash had never been the washed-up cornball joke dimwits thought he was. As far as that goes, people also initially thought Johnny Cash + Rick Rubin was going to be a prime example of early 90s hipster irony taking the piss out of a clueless old relic.
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September 25, 2023 04:01PM
Gary by God Numan duetting with Leo Sayer on Sayer's tv series:

[www.youtube.com]
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September 25, 2023 04:04PM
The Art of Noise + Tom Jones on "Kiss"
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September 25, 2023 04:34PM
Lou Reed + legendary jazz singer Jimmy Scott - some songs on the "Magic & Loss" LP

Bowie & Bing!
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September 25, 2023 04:35PM
John Lydon and Afrika Bambaataa on "World Destruction" (Man, I love that song!)
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September 25, 2023 04:37PM
Yeah, that worked out nicely. Sonic Youth + Chuck D was kinda weird, tho.
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September 25, 2023 04:38PM
Sonic Youth and Chuck D on "Kool Thing" (about LL Cool J)
Re: Gruesome Twosomes
September 25, 2023 04:39PM
Oops - I wrote mine before seeing your response MrFab. I really liked Kool Thing!



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Re: Gruesome Twosomes
September 25, 2023 04:46PM
i really like the song (and that whole SY album, actually.) But Chuck's appearance just didn't seem necessary, and certainly not a full-on collab, like Johnny & Afrika.

how 'bout the "world-music" craze?
-King Sunny Ade + Stevie Wonder
-Peter Gabriel + Yousou N'Dour
-Paul Simon + Miriam Makeba, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and who knows who else.
Bip
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September 25, 2023 04:50PM
Paul McCartney and Youth from Killing joke had that ‘fireman’ collab. That was an odd one, no?
Bip
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September 25, 2023 04:51PM
And of course Lou Reed and Metallica…. didn’t necessarily see that one coming, either
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September 25, 2023 04:57PM
Ah yes, reminds me that Foo Fighters (feat. Pat Smear of The Germs?!?) made a record with Sir Paul.
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September 25, 2023 05:42PM
Stevie Wonder + Kiss, on "Deuce"
Garth Brooks + Kiss, on "Hard Luck Woman" (okay, that one makes more sense, given the song ... but Kiss did play as Garth's backing band on the recording, which is pretty bizarre ... to the point of being gruesome)
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September 25, 2023 05:47PM
and THAT reminds me of Lou Reed on KISS' "Music From The Elder" LP.

And Patti Smith on those Blue Oyster Cult albums.
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September 26, 2023 10:14AM
I think the collaboration between Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen is stranger that the one with BÖC. After all, bands like Radio Birdman were big BÖC fans, and they fit right in Patti Smith's territory.
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September 26, 2023 10:25AM
(The Scottish pop-rock band) Texas and Wu-Tang Clan, which have had a surprisingly long history of collaborating.
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September 26, 2023 11:19AM
Smith songs like "Free Money" don't sound all that far from DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN-era Springsteen. They have a similar flair for melodrama.
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September 26, 2023 11:22AM
The Clash performing on Ellen Foley's SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS, with Mick Jones producing the whole album and members of the band writing some of its songs, is an oddity considering that Foley had been best known for performing a duet with Meat Loaf. She practically gets lead vocals on the Clash's "Hitsville UK."
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September 26, 2023 02:15PM
If I recall correctly, Ms Foley was Mick Jones' girlfriend at the time.
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September 26, 2023 03:44PM
She'd already drifted into Ian Hunter's orbit post-Loaf, which is much less of a leap to the Clash. Her first album was produced by the estimable team of Hunter & Ronson.
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March 12, 2024 02:47PM
Those wacky "Fish Heads" boys Barnes & Barnes somehow got Steve Perry of Journey to sing on their "Amazing Adult Fantasy" album.
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March 14, 2024 08:58PM
…And it's excellent! Awesome taste in covers and the few originals ain't hay! Besides, Jones produced Hunter's divisive [but great] 1981 opus "Short Back 'N Sides," which TP sent out to random subscribers in a WLP for readers to "listen without prejudice." So the whole Hunter/Foley/Jones thread was actually coherent if you line it up just right.

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March 14, 2024 10:03PM
Another one just occurred to me: Ghost and Patrick Wilson.
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March 15, 2024 01:01AM
Hunter and Foley ended up label-mates on Cleveland International.
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September 25, 2023 11:28PM
Blues Explosion & DJ Shadow - Fed Up and Low Down
Manic Street Preachers & Traci Lords - Little Baby Nothing
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September 26, 2023 08:57AM
LL Cool J and Brad Paisley - "Accidental Racist"
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September 26, 2023 09:07AM
Weezer + Li'l Wayne on "Can't Stop Partying"
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March 12, 2024 03:31PM
Mike Watt played bass on Kelly Clarkson's My December album. (Produced by David Kahne, whose utter villainy got Wilco paid for the same album twice and cemented them as the heroes of 21st Century indie rock when their career options were previously on a definite downward slope. i wish Kahne would decide to be my enemy sometime....)

The entire saga of Axl's wilderness years is bizarre, but none of it is weirder than Tommy Stinson becoming the long-term music director for Guns N Roses. Hell, he was in GnR longer than he was in the Replacements.



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March 12, 2024 04:08PM
The National and Taylor Swift
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March 12, 2024 04:55PM
Kanye West and Bon Iver
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March 12, 2024 05:35PM
Kenny G and the John Zorn-adjacent metal band Imperial Triumphant
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March 12, 2024 09:21PM
Huh?!
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March 13, 2024 11:01AM
Here's their collaboration: [www.youtube.com]
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March 13, 2024 03:00PM
Also featuring Kenny G's metalhead son Max Gorelick.

You'd think with a surname like Gorelick Kenny would lean more towards metal himself. Though for all I know he has a study in his house full of Gorguts bootlegs.
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March 12, 2024 06:29PM
Elvis Costello is the king of this. Often times because of his stylistic restlessness, but in later years it could feel like making amends for being so critical of someone in the past (such as Sting and the Police). I get the feeling that in addition to the maturity that comes with age, the experience of making a lifelong career as a musician and songwriter has softened his view of anyone else going through the same thing.
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March 15, 2024 07:29AM
Harold Budd worked with some artists with disparate backgrounds. Always was amazed that he collaborated on the album "Moon and The Melodies" with the Cocteau Twins, even though the result was astonishingly brilliant. Subsequent duet albums with Robin Guthrie meshed his ambient piano works with RG's typical hazy guitar threads made famous in CT's music. Both were interested in semi-soundscapes but there is a lot of territory between Budd's' Pavilion of Dreams and CT's "Head Over Heels" LP.

Budd also collaborated on an album with Andy Partridge, called "Through The Hill." Again, the music is awash with Budd's ambient tones, but rather light on AP's typical jangly guitar work from XTC, with only his vocals on a few songs reminding people he's actually participating on the album. Quite a departure for him.

Probably the greatest and wildest team up was Aerosmith and Run DMC, "Walk This Way" was mind-blowing for me back as a kid, I had never heard rock and rap together before, although some pop stars had been rapping in essence for awhile (e.g. Deborah Harry).
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