Last May, I wrote a fun article for this blog about five of my favorite cross-genre collaborations, but it didn’t really get a lot of views. On a whim, I decided to tweet out a link one more time in September, and what do you know– freaking Krist Novoselic from NIRVANA retweeted the link. So yeah, someone from Nirvana read my blog. Craziness. Anyways, here are five more of my favorite crazy musical collaborations:
5. Def Leppard and Taylor Swift: CMT Crossroads
Def Lep and T Swizzle are two of my favorite artists. One would think that they are as far apart on the musical spectrum as, say, Elton John and Eminem. But these two icons did an entire show together for CMT in 2008, singing each other’s biggest hits. You want weird? Listen to Taylor Swift singing lead on “Hysteria.” Or Joe Elliot harmonizing on “Love Story” and “Teardrops on My Guitar.” Oh, did I ever mention that I was actually in Def Leppard for a day? When I saw them a few years back, I was deemed a temporary backup singer. (Okay, along with everyone else at the venue… still pretty cool though? Right?) Buy the DVD here!
4. “Wipeout” by The Beach Boys & The Fat Boys
Picture it. 1987. It’s been two decades since Pet Sounds. Rap music is booming. So of course The Beach Boys did a rap song. This collab with hip hop pioneers The Fat Boys is kind of brilliant. It is significant if only because it gave The Beach Boys a Top 10 hit on the R&B/Hip Hop chart. Buy it here!
3. “Sweet Dreams” video by Marilyn Manson & Britney Spears
To show during interludes at her Circus Tour in ’09, Britney filmed a strange, sexy video of… Marilyn Manson’s cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).” Let that sink in for a moment. Heads up: the video is mildly NSFW, as Britney wears very little clothing.
2. “Numb/Encore/Yesterday” by JAY Z, Linkin Park, & Paul McCartney
Everybody’s heard the classic mashup of “Numb” and “Encore” that Hov and LP put together on Collision Course. But things went up a notch or fifty at the 2006 Grammy Awards, when Sir Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance, adding the Beatles classic “Yesterday” to the mashup mix. It was an all around great night for these artists– JAY Z and Linkin Park picked up a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
1. “Breakin’ A Sweat” by Skrillex and The Doors
This one pretty much takes the cake. Last year, Skrillex recruited the surviving members of The Doors to make a new song. Organist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore joined the dubstep poster boy, bringing along with them some vocal samples of an old Jim Morrison interview. (Fittingly, Morrison accurately prophesied what music would sound like in the future.) Released 40 years after their last single, “Breakin’ A Sweat” is a bizarre and wonderful coda to The Doors’ legacy. Buy it!
What do you think? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Let me know!