6 of the most unlikely music duets of all time

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It’s just been announced that Mumford & Sons are teaming-up with Justin Timberlake to record a song for the new Coen brothers movie, while rockers The Vaccines have apparently been writing with One Direction.

However, as eye-widening as these partnerships are, they’re far from the weirdest music duets of all-time.

Having scoured the darkest corners of pop to locate the most bizarre and unlikely collaborations imaginable, WOW247 presents six of the oddest musical pairings ever unleashed…

David Bowie and Bing Crosby

Back in 1977, the idea of a duet between ageing housewives’ favourite Bing Crosby and experimental, Berlin-era enigma David Bowie must have seemed pretty preposterous – yet the cardiganed crooner and sharp-suited singer teamed-up on Crosby’s Christmas TV special to blast out renditions of The Little Drummer Boy and Peace On Earth.

Aired several months after Crosby’s death that year, it remains one of the most outlandish episodes of Bowie’s far-from-conventional career.

Joe Jonas and Lil Wayne

One is a clean-cut Disney star turned chart-topping popster; the other a hip-hop hellraiser who has done serious jail time. But while Joe Jonas and Lil Wayne may be worlds apart in both music and lifestyle, that didn’t stop them embarking on an unlikely collaboration.

Lil Wayne made an appearance on the remix of Jonas’s hit Just In Love, with Jonas revealing that the two had previously met and shared a hug at the MTV Video Music Awards.

“I said to him back then, ‘Man, I would love to do something if it made sense one day,’” explained Jonas, “and then this project came along. ” He also added that he thought the final result was “dope”.

We’ll let you be the judge.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis

Considered by some to be the worst duet in the history of music, Paltrow and Lewis’s rendition of Smokey Robinson classic Cruisin’ was recorded for the movie Duets – in which the then 27-year-old Oscar-winning actress and 50-year-old king of ’80s cheese co-starred as karaoke singers.

The result is undoubtedly one of the hammiest singles ever conceived. And the fact that it actually topped the charts in Australia and New Zealand is almost as unbelievable as its very existence.

Tammy Wynette and The KLF

Thrust together a vintage country music icon and a group of ’90s Acid House ravers, and what do you get? The answer is international smash-hit Justified & Ancient (Stand by The JAMs), which paired Wynett’s vocals and The KLF’s pulsating club sounds to surprisingly winning effect.

A remake of an earlier composition by The KLF, it’s believed that Bill Drummond’s love of country music led to him approaching the Stand By Your Man singer who, for her part, said: “I really don’t know why they chose me – but I’m really excited with the way it’s all turned out.”

Given that it hit the Top Ten in countless countries upon its release in late 1991, it’s no wonder.

Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson

Yep. This actually happened. People often forget that Eddie Murphy actually had a pretty extensive – if underwhelming – music career. And in 1993 pop megastar Michael Jackson decided he’d had enough of healing the world, and thought working with Murphy might be a better bet.

The end result was single ‘Whatzupwitu’ which, if we can use the analogy of Murphy’s movie career, turned out to be far more Norbit than Beverly Hills Cop.

The song’s cringe-inducing video, which you can view at your peril below, was voted the third worst music video of all-time by MTV viewers.

Ozzy Osbourne and Miss Piggy

The stage-terrorizing, bat-biting Black Sabbath singer found the perfect foil in ambitious, head-strong muppet Miss Piggy, and their weirdly sexual cover of Born To Be Wild is a thing of utter beauty.

Included on the third disc of his Prince Of Darkness box set, which also featured a duet with Wu Tang-Clan and a cover of Stayin’ Alive with Dweezil Zappa, this is probably the most enjoyable rock oddity on the oddest of rock CVs.

What do you think of these infamous duets? And are there any others you feel should have been included? Share your thoughts in the comments below, on Twitter with #wow247 or over at Facebook

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Mark is the content manager for WOW247 in Leeds. When he isn't waxing lyrical about Ben Wheatley and Caravan Palace, he's landing news, assembling guides and penning features.

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