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

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