15 Musical Collaborations
I was excited to read this morning that Elvis Costello is heading into the studio with The Roots – truly one of the most excellent musical collaborations to look forward to in recent years. I love the statement that “…the results suggest a 21st-century version of Watergate-era funk – Armed Forces by way of There’s a Riot Goin’ On.” I’m a big fan of collaborations – even on my own songs – but what about some other musical collaborations of note? Here’s a selection…
James Brown and Luciano Pavarotti – It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World
This one is my favourite – just brilliant performances from two legends. Drugs, women and soul meet food, charity work and opera! This was performed during a “Pavarotti and Friends” concert on May 28 2002.
Aerosmith and Run-DMC – Walk This Way
One of the originals and one of the best – who doesn’t love this track?
Eminem and Elton John – Stan (live at the Grammy’s)
The anti-gay Eminem teams up with Elton John in a decision that messed with the minds of both their fans at 2001 Grammy Awards. But you have to admit it does work.
Jack White and Alicia Keys – Another Way to Die
This should have turned out better than it did – two artists that promise so much but somehow it doesn’t do either one of them justice.
Weezer and Lil Wayne – Can’t Stop Partying
Okay, so I’m a Rivers Cuomo fan-boy, and having a rapper guest in a song is hardly ground-breaking, but I kind of like what this delivers – stylistic crossover that retains the strengths of each act.
Dave Grohl and Norah Jones – Virginia Moon
Speaking of man-crushes, the awesome Dave Grohl cranks out a classic collaboration here – this video is more about the making of than the song itself, but you see how much all of them enjoyed the process.
Metallica and Lou Reed – The View
Reed’s voice slots into the Metallica sound seamlessly in this one – but the song just doesn’t deliver the kind of results this collaboration should have.
Nelly and Tim McGraw – Over And Over
Not sure if the hip-hop meets country thing works here – it ends up being a bit predictable, which you wouldn’t expect would be possible when you see their two names together.
Tammy Wynette and KLF – Justified and Ancient
I’m guilty of liking this one. It’s another unlikely pairing but – as is my measure for collaboration success – they retain their individual appeal but still create something new.
Tom Jones and Art Of Noise – Kiss
Similar to the Tammy Wynette/KLF collaboration, this one is another good combo!
Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue – Where The Wild Roses Grow
Kylie was as pop as they come when Cave asked her to join him – and the result is a cracker (and broadened Kylie’s appeal among the “cool” set.)
Sonic Youth and Cypress Hill – I Love You Mary Jane
Ya reckon this combo had been smokin’ when they decided to do this?
Florence and the Machine and Dizzee Rascal – You’ve Got The Dirtee Love
At the BRIT Awards in 2010 this unlikely duo came together – and it’s another pretty good one.
KRS-1 and R.E.M – Radio Song
More a guest appearance than a collaboration but incredibly unlikely nonetheless. And more to the point, the involvement of KRS-1 really contributes a hell of a lot to this one.
Paul McCartney and Nirvana – Cut Me Some Slack
A wonderful pairing creating great music – can’t ask for much more than that! And you get another look at McCartney’s excellent cigar box guitar playing!