x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

The odd couples of the music world

From Wyclef Jean and Kenny Rogers to Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, here are our top five unusual musical pairings.

Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.
Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.

With the recent release of Lou Reed and Metallica's weird musical collaboration Lulu, which came out on Monday, we look at five other odd musical pairings.

Take Five... Wyclef Jean and Kenny RogersT

The hip-hop star, soon to be arriving in the capital as part of the Beats on the Beach Yasalam line up, teamed up with the Nashville legend for a remix of Rogers's signature tune The Gambler. Jean is no stranger to eclectic collaborations; however, getting Rogers to rap was a stretch too far.

Take Four... James Brown and Pavarotti

They couldn't look or sound more different, yet pair them with a string orchestra and they come up with a dazzling rendition of Brown's funk classic It's a Man's World as part of a Pavarotti and Friends concert in 2002.

Take Three... Ozzy Osbourne and Miss Piggy

This is not the first time that we have seen an artist duetting with a character from The Muppets, but The Prince of Darkness and the colourful Miss Piggy singing Born to be Wild? The best that can be said about this is at least Ozzy didn't eat her at the end.

Take Two... Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

Sometimes, too much sugar makes one sick. McCartney and Wonder's Ebony and Ivory may have a good message but it's sheer corniness sadly made it a butt of many jokes by comedians and sketch shows.

Take One... Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue

Some collaborations can bring out the best in both artists. Cave never sounded so sinister as he did in Where the Wild Roses Grow, a sultry gothic duet with Minogue. The song, a musical exchange between a murderer and his victim, became a left-field hit in Australia and the UK.