Last night music legend Stevie Nicks appeared on stage with Harry Styles to the surprise of fans at Harry’s concert. They performed Harry’s new single “Two Ghosts” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” but this got us thinking, what other odd music collaborations have happened before? There have been some truly bizarre collaborations between artists, some to great success but others have been dreadful. Here are 5 of the weirdest and most wonderful music collaborations.
Phil Collins and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
You would have never thought this collaboration would work but my God it does. Based on Phil Collin’s track Take Me Home, this collaboration was released in 2003 and according to band members of Bone Thugs “Collins was like, if y’all wanna do it, it’s cool, y’all go ahead and do it, but if y’all wanna do a video, y’all gotta come here… to Switzerland”, which they did. After this track, Bone Thugs named Phil Collins an honorary member under the moniker “Chrome Bone” – I think it suits him.
Madonna and Lil Wayne
This just seems bizarre, and do we think it works? Not really no, it’s terrible. Actually, DJ Franke E who produced this song is actually quoted as saying “Unfortunately, the mix sounded like crap and the song flopped, but hey, you win some and you lose some”. At least he’s honest! Lil Wayne doesn’t come in until later on the track and even when he does it is underwhelming. It feels like a bit of a PR stunt rather than a genuine music collaboration aimed at creating a decent song. If you don’t listen to this one, I wouldn’t blame you.
Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone
After Dolly Parton starred with Sylvester Stallone in the film, Rhinestone, Stallone thought if Dolly can turn to acting then he can try his hand at singing. And boy was he wrong! The song isn’t actually that bad but when you know it’s Stallone singing you can’t help but think of Rocky camply strolling around the stage to country music and it novelises the track but then I don’t think it was supposed to be a super serious song, so that makes it kind of ok. Parton unleashes her stunning, distinctive voice towards the end of the track and it actually becomes quite enjoyable!
The Hives and Cyndi Lauper
Both legitimately good artists but just one we didn’t really expect to happen. A Christmas Duel was released in 2008 and peaked at number 4 in the Swedish singles chart. Actually, Lauper sounds great on this track and it’s not actually that bad. The lyrics are incredible. For a Christmas track you probably wouldn’t expect to hear Hives lead singer, Pelle, singing “I bought no gift this year and I slept with your sister, I know I should have thought twice before I kissed her”, before Lauper responds with “I bought no tree this year and I slept with your brother, I wrecked your daddy’s car and went down on your mother”. I don’t think it will be played round the dinner table with Grandma at Christmas but it’s entertaining, light hearted, sung perfectly and probably the best bizarre collaboration on the list.
DMX and Marilyn Manson
Again, not really sure what’s happening here. Featuring on DMX’s album Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, this collaboration probably worked due to the similar aggressive and dark tone that both artists adopt. This album actually went 3x platinum in the United States but this song is an odd one. Not exactly the most bizarre collaboration that has happened but the shock factor probably comes from two completely different genres of music being merged with predictable results… just not that good.
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