Monday 11 December 2017

Hall of shame: the songs that went pair-shaped

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder: 'Ebony and Ivory', 1982

Macca turned out millions of mawkish, maudlin little ditties in duet, and this was one of the poorest. Racism is like the keys of a piano, or something.

Bono and Frank Sinatra: 'I've Got You Under My Skin', 1993

There's no naysaying Bono's musical talents, but singing isn't one of them.

Hilary and Haylie Duff: 'Our Lips are Sealed', 2004

Possibly the only thing that could top this for sheer awfulness would be if the Olsen twins decided to do Mozart. Even then, it'd be a close-run thing.

Jennifer Warner and Bill Medley: '(I've Had) the Time of My Life', 1987

A lumpen, over-heated dirge from Dirty Dancing.

Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias: 'To All the Girls I've Loved Before', 1984

Willie and Julio slap each other on the back about the number of notches on their respective bedposts. Yuk.

Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle: 'Diamond Lights', 1987

Hideous hairstyles, hideous suits and a hideous song.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis: 'Cruisin'', 2000

Gwynnie can actually sing, but this cover of the old Smokey Robinson song is dreadful.

Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat: 'Opposites Attract', 1989

Not only singing, but dancing, with a cartoon cat: could it get any worse for you, Paula Abdul?Puff Daddy and Faith Evans: 'I'll Be Missing You', 1997

Cynical and emotionally manipulative "tribute" to the recently slain Notorious BIG.

Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews: 'Baby It's Cold Outside', 1999

A great song ruined by the painfully unpleasant voices of this pair.

. . . and five that worked

'Summer Wine', 1967

'Roslyn', 2009

Kylie Minogue and Nick Cave

'Where the Wild Roses Grow', 1995

Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox

'Sisters Are Doin' it for Themselves', 1985

'Bonny and Clyde', 1968

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