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Thursday 18 January 2018

Spotify: Duets

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It's been announced that Cher is to feature on the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan album, and that's just odd. As weird as the fact that Jay-Z featured on a song from Another Level and Ke$ha jumped on a track from The Flaming Lips. Those tracks give collaborations a bad name so here are 10 great meetings of musical minds.

Run-dmc & Aerosmith

Walk This Way

Has rock and rap ever worked as well on the same track as this 1986 classic?

David Bowie & Mick Jagger

Dancing In The Street

The cover of the Martha Reeves and The Vandellas song was intended to be performed at Live Aid as a video duet but limitations meant it wasn't possible so they cut a single instead.

Elvis costello & The Roots

Walk Us Uptown

Last year's Wise Up Ghost album came after Costello met the band on the set of Jimmy Fallon's US TV chat show.

Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue

The Wild Rose

They're both Australian so it makes sense but in 1995, Kylie wasn't known for singing songs about being killed by a lover.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Eddie Vedder

The Face Of Love

The Pearl Jam singer teamed up with the feted Pakistan musician on the soundtrack to Tim Robbins' 1995 film Dead Man Walking.

The Black Keys & Mos Def

Ain't Nothing Like You

The highlight of the 2009 Black Keys rap collaboration album Blakroc.

Kanye West & Bon Iver

Lost In The World

The penultimate track on 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy roped in Justin Vernon for a weird little auto-tuned vocal melody.

Billy Bragg & Wilco

Airline To Heaven

Essex meets Chicago to record previously unheard lyrics from folk singer Woody Guthrie.

Queen & David Bowie

Under Pressure

This huge hit was a result of a session jam in a studio in the Swiss mountains in 1981.

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan

Come Undone

The sweet Scottish timbre of Campbell and the craggy gravelled throat of Lanegan made for a bittersweet pairing.


First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent

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