Oddest Musical Pairings

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If you've ever seen the infamous video of David Bowie's Christmastime duet with Bing Crosby, then you know musicians are capable of the most imaginative (and baffling) collaborations. Sometimes they do it for the money. Sometimes it's to reach an audience they otherwise might not reach. And sometimes it's out of sheer love for musical adventure. On this edition of All Songs Considered we look at odd pairings, some brilliant, and some just so very, very wrong. Host Bob Boilen talks with producer Robin Hilton, NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson and All Songs summer intern Lindsay Sanchez about some of the odd pairings they've loved and loathed over the years.

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Oddest Musical Pairings

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Blue Water White Death

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  • Artist: Blue Water White Death
  • Album: Blue Water White Death
  • Song: Song For The Greater Jihad

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Missy Elliot ft. Nelly Furtado

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  • Artist: Missy Elliot ft. Nelly Furtado
  • Album: Tomb Raider Soundtrack
  • Song: Get Ur Freak On

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Song
Get Ur Freak On
Album
Tomb Raider Soundtrack
Artist
Missy Elliot ft. Nelly Furtado
Released
2001

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with Eddie Vedder

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  • Artist: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with Eddie Vedder
  • Album: Dead Man Walking Soundtrack
  • Song: The Face Of Love

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Song
The Face Of Love
Album
Dead Man Walking Soundtrack
Artist
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with Eddie Vedder
Released
1997

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Bob Dylan And Johnny Cash

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  • Artist: Bob Dylan And Johnny Cash
  • Album: Nashville Skyline
  • Song: Girl From The North Country

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Song
Girl From The North Country
Album
Nashville Skyline
Artist
Bob Dylan And Johnny Cash
Released
1969

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Aretha Franklin and George Michael

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  • Artist: Aretha Franklin and George Michael
  • Album: Aretha
  • Song: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

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Song
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Album
Aretha
Artist
Aretha Franklin and George Michael
Released
1986

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Frank Sinatra and Bono

  • Artist: Frank Sinatra and Bono
  • Album: Duets
  • Song: I've Got You Under My Skin

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Song
I've Got You Under My Skin
Album
Duets
Artist
Frank Sinatra and Bono
Released
1993

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Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat

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  • Artist: Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat
  • Album: Forever Your Girl
  • Song: Opposites Attract

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Song
Opposites Attract
Album
Forever Your Girl
Artist
Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat
Released
1988

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Run DMC And Aerosmith

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  • Artist: Run DMC And Aerosmith
  • Album: Raising Hell
  • Song: Walk This Way

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Song
Walk This Way
Album
Raising Hell
Artist
Run DMC And Aerosmith
Released
1986

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William Shatner And Ben Folds

  • Artist: William Shatner And Ben Folds
  • Album: Has Been
  • Song: Common People

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Song
Common People
Album
Has Been
Artist
William Shatner And Ben Folds
Released
2004

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The Hood Internet

  • Artist: The Hood Internet
  • Album: Mixtape Volume Four
  • Song: Two Weeks Of Hip-Hop
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Laurie Anderson (with William S. Burroughs)

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  • Artist: Laurie Anderson (with William S. Burroughs)
  • Album: Mister Heartbreak
  • Song: Sharkey's Night

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Song
Sharkey's Night
Album
Mister Heartbreak
Artist
Laurie Anderson (with William S. Burroughs)
Released
1984

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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (ft. Kylie Minogue)

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  • Artist: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (ft. Kylie Minogue)
  • Album: Murder Ballads
  • Song: Where The Wild Roses Grow

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Song
Where The Wild Roses Grow
Album
Murder Ballads
Artist
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (ft. Kylie Minogue)
Released
1996

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