Solid collaborations seem to come around only once in a blue moon. On the other hand a FT5 of horrible partnerships could go on for 52 weeks straight without repeat. Eminem and Elton John come to mind, Bowie and Crosby creeping me out, and We Are the World as the gold standard of awesomely bad group efforts. Apart from these, there are plenty out there that have me wishing I had never heard them. Fear not, music lovers follow the jump to read about the best collaborations that won’t make you want to hang yourself; in fact, you might enjoy them.
With October 2nd rapidly approaching, the collaboration is a trending topic. Yet to be seen recent add to the Friday ACL lineup, Them Crooked Vultures, give me optimism, but I will withhold judgment until then. The Dead Weather are in the same boat, though I have been pleasantly surprised by Horehound, the group’s debut album. Mmm. Alison Mosshart. She can fire at me any day.
Most recently, Blakroc also excites me, but to be honest anything with Dan and Pat at the helm and the addition of Mos Def and Q-Tip amongst others, can’t be too bad. Alas, here are my picks for best ever. Who’s in your FT5? What did I leave out?
So maybe it’s not the best ever, but when two of the most relevant and critically acclaimed artists of the past decade come together, it works. This is one of the best songs of this summer and the best alliance I have seen in a while. It deserves to be in the top 5 for that reason alone.
It must be easy being Thom Yorke lately. He is the closest thing to a real life King Midas. Add in DJ Shadow and it doesn’t get much better. I heard this song way back when and still can’t get enough of it. Not to mention a badass video at that. Released only one year after O.K. Computer, it’s easy to see why Yorke has become such a household name. For some reason, Shadow is still not there.
Undoubtedly one of the best songs from the great decade known as the 80s, these two musical giants unite to create an enduring song. Whatever the true meaning, Under Pressure was one of those songs that makes me want to lock my friend in a trunk, just to hear them scream “Let Me Out”. It’s truly a classic. Besides all these reasons, who knows if we had ever met God’s gift to music, Vanilla Ice without this bass line. I’d rather not think of a world without him in my life, thank you very much.
Monterrey Pop Festival. Four Hour Set. Two of the most legendary Indian solo musicians of the last century collaborated often, but this performance is spellbinding. Even Hendrix is jamming out. I often contemplate time-travel and subsequently where I would go. Monterrey in 1967 is on the list.
1. The Dirty Mac – Yer Blues
This dream-like super group comprised of Lennon, Clapton, Keith Richards, and Mitch Mitchel recorded this raw version of Yer Blues for a special entitled the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. This recording was the first time Lennon performed outside the Beatles and was way before Clapton’s full potential was realized. Behold the single best collaboration. Ever. This shit is Legit.