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Dream Teams In Music For 2012

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It is always interesting when musicians of a different stripe get together. They all seem to try it at one point or another. The big news in 2011 was the Lou Reed/Metallica album Lulu. It was fantastically awful in all the right ways. The idea of these old geezers getting together to try and to shore up their exhausted “rebellious” credentials was doomed from the start. But who doesn’t enjoy a spectacular disaster? It was entertaining, if nothing else.

Some collaborations have worked beyond all expectations. Remember Santana’s Supernatural album back in 1999? It was a huge hit, and the song “Smooth” with Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 still sounds good on the radio all these years later. Before that there was Frank Sinatra’s Duets (1993), which even though the “duets” were recorded separately, worked quite well. And speaking of duets recorded separately, there was the huge Natalie Cole/ Nat King Cole version of “Unforgettable” that topped the charts in 1991.

The following is a list of the collaborations I would like to see happen in 2012:

1. ELO and ELP – “ELOPE”

2. Lil Wayne and Earth, Wind & Fire – “Riker’s Wonderland”

3. Adele and Keith Richards – “Some Junkie Like You”

4. Rihanna and Buster Poindexter – “We Found A Martini”

5. Florence and The Machine and Kraftwerk – “Enuff Z’nuff”

6. Ian Anderson and The Weather Girls – “It’s Raining Aqualung”

7. Taylor Swift and The Jerky Boys – “Sparks Fly (Outta My Ass)”

8. Humble Pie and Lady Gaga – “Buy It!”

9. Kate Smith and Katy Perry – “Hello Everybody (Gonna Eat You Up)”

10. Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse – “Pills, Thrills, and Bellyaches”

So there you have it, the pairings I would like to see in 2012. Sorry Amy and Michael fans, but I heard they were both Happy Mondays fans.

Happy 2012!

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  • Sure, I’ll play…how about Kate Bush and Pete Doherty “50 Words For Blow”…?


  • Greg Barbrick

    Hey, that’s good. Another Doherty project could be with Evan Dando:

    “A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss”

  • Or how about Bon Jovi and Bon Iver “Alive And Kicking”…hey, this is fun!


  • Greg Barbrick

    Bon Jovi definitely needs to collaborate with others, for starters he could team up with Ann Wilson for “Anchovie”

  • Anchovie…genius…LOL. I’ll raise ya’ one:

    Judas Priest and Meat Loaf: “Hell bent For Dennys”…

  • Greg Barbrick

    Laughing Out Loud indeed – I’ll betcha Priest and the Loaf would sell a million with that one!

  • I just hope the dream team of Dave and Eddie will stay together at least until after I see them in concert.

  • Greg Barbrick

    I’m assuming you mean Roth and Van Halen?

  • Greg Barbrick

    Bicho –

    While this thing was meant in fun, DL Roth and Eddie would definitely be an actual thing to look forward to in 2012. After reading Hagar’s auto-bio though, I wonder how things would go.

    I am actually curious about the Rick Rubin – Black Sabbath project. There is nobody else who could sit in a producer’s chair and tell the group the truth of what fans want to hear as Rubin could.

    Like with Johnny Cash, he could tell them what their fans want to hear, and insist on it.

  • Greg Barbrick

    Oops,we got “The Ant” involved. If The Heart, The Soul, and the Gordon did not alresdy exist – then GS Dawn would have to create it.

    Happy and forward 2012!

    soul, snd

  • DLR and VH could go the way of dreams tomorrow.

    keeping with article’s theme, how about The Beatles and Tommy Tutone “8675309 Days a Week”

  • Greg Barbrick

    Excellent! Why has there not been a Tommy Tutone revival?

    Bichos’s idea was wonderful, or we could even go with Rick Wakeman and the 867 Wives of King Henry.

  • Bruce Springsteen & Bananarama – “Cruel Girls in Their Summer Clothes”

  • Greg Barbrick

    Hilarious! I forgot all about Bananarama – talk about a group “ripe” for collaborations–


  • Yeah, bunches of them.

  • Greg Barbrick

    I can’t resist. Bananarama and Bow Wow Wow’s “tribute” to Malcolm McLaren and Trevor Horn: “C-30, C-60, C-90125 – Go!”