The other day I was listening to one of the songs on this list and I got to thinking about great duets that might have slipped under the radar, but would please your iPod a great deal. I'm talking one-offs here, otherwise the list would be full of Otis Redding/Carla Thomas stuff. Here are a few you might not have heard before - or at least in a little while:
Sometimes Always: Jesus and Mary Chain w/ Hope Sandoval
When I was an undergrad student living in Montreal, I listened to Mazzy Star all the time and was 99% convinced I'd marry Hope Sandoval one day. My life headed in a different direction, but I'll bet I still listen to this lovely song at least once a month. It's a mid-tempo heart breaker. One of the best songs of the 90s
4% Pantomime - The Band with Van Morrison
For my money, Richard Manuel has just about the best 'white soul' voice ever, and Van the Man ain't far behind. This is a great, raunchy collaboration likely recorded in the wee hours of the morning. How can you not love a song that gives a shout out to 'Johnny Walker Red'?
This is the Picture (Excellent Birds) - Peter Gabriel & Laurie Anderson
I'm talking about the version that was included as the last song on the So cassette (it wasn't on the vinyl). It's a great little bit of accessible performance art rock; quirky without being nauseating. A true collaboration by two innovative artists. It's artsy but not humourless.