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(Time)   The ten most bizarre Christmas duets. Say what you will, but the Crosby/Bowie duet was a moment of genius   (entertainment.time.com) divider line 78
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2012-12-19 09:10:19 AM
Leon Redbone and Dr. John: Frosty the Snowman
 
2012-12-19 09:14:47 AM
The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl: Fairytale of New York
 
2012-12-19 10:30:42 AM

The English Major: The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl: Fairytale of New York



one of the best christmas songs ever.
 
2012-12-19 10:33:19 AM
How is Travolta and Newton-John "bizarre" when they were the stars of Grease?
 
2012-12-19 10:47:45 AM
The Hives/Cyndi Lauper one is pretty awesome.  I'd never heard it before.  Some great lyrics.
 
2012-12-19 11:30:25 AM

Gulper Eel: Leon Redbone and Dr. John: Frosty the Snowman



I heard that recently, it was pretty damned good if you ask me.
 
2012-12-19 11:54:40 AM

FlashHarry: one of the best christmas songs ever.



Agreed. It's my festive ringtone.
 
2012-12-19 12:17:38 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuuaMaE3A70 Brilliant recreation of Crosby and Bowie
 
2012-12-19 12:22:17 PM

Gulper Eel: Leon Redbone and Dr. John: Frosty the Snowman


Anything either one of them has done is brilliant. This rendition simply doubles the brilliance.
 
2012-12-19 12:24:20 PM
I just heard Kim Taylor do a version of Alvin & the Chipmunks 'Christmas Time Is Here' that brought tears to my eyes. Unfortunately I can't find a link, as it only appears on a recent fundraising album, Ring Volume 3 for radio station WNKU. I wish I could share it, it's beautiful.
 
2012-12-19 12:28:06 PM
John Denver and the Muppets is great, but you don't hear much of Denver's singing.
 
/Did you say Piggy pudding?
//No I said "figgy" pudding, its made with figs.
///and bacon
 
2012-12-19 12:29:18 PM
I love the Crosby/Bowie duet. You can almost see old Bing as he's realizing this weirdo can really sing.
 
2012-12-19 12:30:47 PM

The English Major: The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl: Fairytale of New York


How the hell is that bizarre? It's the most popular Christmas song of a generation. Maybe two. And it isn't some weird match-up.
 
2012-12-19 12:31:23 PM
Michael Bubble' and sting,

fa la la la, fa.. la la la... fa la la, la LA
 
2012-12-19 12:33:58 PM

dletter: How is Travolta and Newton-John "bizarre" when they were the stars of Grease?


Maybe it refers to Travolta's "hair". I've seen Ken dolls that have a more realistic 'do

I'll probably get a lot of flack for this, but I'll add Unforgettable, with Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole. I know it was supposed to be heartwarming, but I thought it was kinda creepy
 
2012-12-19 12:37:23 PM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I love the Crosby/Bowie duet. You can almost see old Bing as he's realizing this weirdo can really sing.



That's one of the few Christmas songs that will choke me up
 
/absolutely beautiful
 
2012-12-19 12:39:54 PM

dletter: How is Travolta and Newton-John "bizarre" when they were the stars of Grease?


Because these "lists" are about 99% total fail. I'm getting sick of all of the "Top 15 Greatest ______ Of All Time" bullshiat, because they almost always phone the shiat in, or just plain don't know what the fark they're talking about.n Most of these seem like a unique choice, but they are by no means "bizzarre" or "outrageous". I mean, not only the Travolta/Newton-John thing, but what's so "bizzarre" about Justin Beiber and Mariah Carey doing a song together? John Denver and the Muppets? He's got so much of a 'plain white toast' reputation, that the Muppets would seem like a natural pairing. Hell, if you want to put John Denver in the list, change it from Christmas songs to overall pairings and talk about him hanging out with Dee Snider to fight for the right to say 'fark you' in your songs, now THAT was a truly bizzarre pairing.

ANd there is nothing "bizzarre" about Dean Martin and Scarlett Johannson doing a song(even though he's dead), it's been going on for years, back to Natalie Cole doing it. The only slightly weird part is just that I didn't know Scarlett could sing.
 
2012-12-19 12:47:01 PM
 
2012-12-19 12:49:23 PM
Still no Taylor Swift - Kanye West duet?
 
2012-12-19 12:50:25 PM

StrikitRich: Still no Taylor Swift - Kanye West duet?


Only if you promise that they sing from an airplane that's spiraling out of control.
 
2012-12-19 12:51:17 PM

Demetrius: The Hives/Cyndi Lauper one is pretty awesome.  I'd never heard it before.  Some great lyrics.


People give Cyndi Lauper W-A-Y too hard of a time, the woman has some serious talent, she's not aging all that badly, and I get a kick out of her in interviews or on the occasional TV show.

I agree, these lyrics rock. Lauper singing 'I wrecked your Daddy's car, and went down on your Mother' almost made me actually LOL, and I still can't get the feel for the people at my new job, so I'm not sure if that would have been a good response. I'd never heard of this either, but it's making me laugh. Still not "bizzarre" though.
 
2012-12-19 12:55:12 PM
Heard "Baby, It's Cold Outside" sung by Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton. Surprisingly good, their voices blended well.
 
2012-12-19 01:00:39 PM
Ozzy Osbourne and Jessica Simpson

That one was a little unexpected, but I don't think that it was as "horrible" as they claimed it was. My biggest problem is with Ozzy trying to look like Corey Feldman, hat the farkety-fark is up with THAT?
 
2012-12-19 01:04:12 PM
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2012-12-19 01:26:37 PM
 
2012-12-19 01:32:38 PM

swahnhennessy: How the hell is that bizarre? It's the most popular Christmas song of a generation. Maybe two. And it isn't some weird match-up.



I wasn't trying to imply it was bizarre. I just wanted to post it because it's an awesome duet and the best Christmas song ever recorded.
 
2012-12-19 01:32:59 PM
Alice Cooper and Rob Halford

backed by John Corabi, Head, Kip Winger, the Tubes, Bruce Kulick, and more do "Run, Run, Rudolph"

Link
 
2012-12-19 01:33:41 PM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I love the Crosby/Bowie duet. You can almost see old Bing as he's realizing this weirdo can really sing.



Yeah. Does not belong on this list. That match was a stroke of genius. 
 
2012-12-19 01:37:48 PM

D Ray Morton: They forgot Ted Nugent and David Letterman.



Never saw that before... other than Ted is nuts, that was amusing.
 
2012-12-19 01:54:20 PM

dletter: How is Travolta and Newton-John "bizarre" when they were the stars of Grease?


That was over 30 years ago. Nobody expected them to reunite for the Madame Tussaud Christmas Album.
 
2012-12-19 02:02:47 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I love the Crosby/Bowie duet. You can almost see old Bing as he's realizing this weirdo can really sing.


That's one of the few Christmas songs that will choke me up
 
/absolutely beautiful


Man that was awesome. Bowie seems to excel at duets. My other favorite is Under Pressure with Queen. In each case two master vocalists perfectly complementing each other.
 
2012-12-19 02:05:21 PM
brandent:
Man that was awesome. Bowie seems to excel at duets. My other favorite is Under Pressure with Queen. In each case two master vocalists perfectly complementing each other.


My daughter feels that "Under Pressure" is the best song in the history of ever. 
 
2012-12-19 02:20:34 PM

Earpj: brandent:
Man that was awesome. Bowie seems to excel at duets. My other favorite is Under Pressure with Queen. In each case two master vocalists perfectly complementing each other.


My daughter feels that "Under Pressure" is the best song in the history of ever.


Pretty much everything Freddy did was the best in history ever. Even the crappy stuff.
 
2012-12-19 02:35:05 PM

brandent: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I love the Crosby/Bowie duet. You can almost see old Bing as he's realizing this weirdo can really sing.


That's one of the few Christmas songs that will choke me up
 
/absolutely beautiful

Man that was awesome. Bowie seems to excel at duets. My other favorite is Under Pressure with Queen. In each case two master vocalists perfectly complementing each other.


David Bowie and Annie Lennox performed Under Pressure at the Freddy Mercury tribute concert. She did a good job, but you can't top the original.
 
2012-12-19 02:36:00 PM

KJUW89: Heard "Baby, It's Cold Outside" sung by Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton. Surprisingly good, their voices blended well.


It's really hard to do that song badly, though I've heard it happen.

Always found the story of the song cute. Written by Frank Loesser. He and his wife used to sing it at the end of their holiday parties. The voices in the song are noted as 'mouse' and 'wolf', which adds either a little cartoon flavor or a little creep factor, depending on your perspective. Loesser ended up in the doghouse with the wife when he sold the tune. Don't remember the name of the documentary about him. It may have been on American Masters. Worth a look if you find it. 

www.thatcutesite.com
 
2012-12-19 02:37:58 PM
The Jesus/Pontius duet did not sell well.
 
2012-12-19 02:38:03 PM

Earpj: brandent:
Man that was awesome. Bowie seems to excel at duets. My other favorite is Under Pressure with Queen. In each case two master vocalists perfectly complementing each other.

 
 
My daughter feels that "Under Pressure" is the best song in the history of ever. 
 
 
and she's right.  Which is why Vanilla Ice  will end up in the Hell of 1,000 Flying Knives (Chinese got a lot of hells, Jack) for blasphemy when he shuffles off his mortal coil
 
And I don't know if they were ever recorded anywhere but the duets Bowie did between sets with Trent Reznor when NIN opened for Bowie on his 2000 tour were utterly amazing-including the scond best version of "Hurt" I've ever heard
Also a big fan , believe it or not, of the Kylie Minogue/Nick Cave Duet on "They call me the wild  rose"
 
2012-12-19 02:50:06 PM

don't understand: Jimi



Wow... where is that from?  I've only seen crappy bootlegs of him doing Little Drummer Boy live.  I never knew he recorded it in a studio.
 
2012-12-19 02:51:30 PM
.... so I admit that I read the headlike as a "Cosby/Bowie" duet and immediately clicked it... and was a little disappointed.
 
2012-12-19 02:55:49 PM

Earpj: brandent:
Man that was awesome. Bowie seems to excel at duets. My other favorite is Under Pressure with Queen. In each case two master vocalists perfectly complementing each other.


My daughter feels that "Under Pressure" is the best song in the history of ever.


David Bowie - Across The Universe (John Lennon does backing vocals.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvfHO8-w6CY
 
2012-12-19 02:59:20 PM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I love the Crosby/Bowie duet. You can almost see old Bing as he's realizing this weirdo can really sing.


Bowie admitted long after that Crosby didn't have the tiniest clue who Bowie was.

Magorn: Earpj: brandent:
Man that was awesome. Bowie seems to excel at duets. My other favorite is Under Pressure with Queen. In each case two master vocalists perfectly complementing each other.
 
 
My daughter feels that "Under Pressure" is the best song in the history of ever. 
 
 
and she's right.  Which is why Vanilla Ice  will end up in the Hell of 1,000 Flying Knives (Chinese got a lot of hells, Jack) for blasphemy when he shuffles off his mortal coil
 
And I don't know if they were ever recorded anywhere but the duets Bowie did between sets with Trent Reznor when NIN opened for Bowie on his 2000 tour were utterly amazing-including the scond best version of "Hurt" I've ever heard
Also a big fan , believe it or not, of the Kylie Minogue/Nick Cave Duet on "They call me the wild  rose"


Youtube Death Is Not The End. Cave, Kylie, PJ Harvey, and Shane McGowan (or Blixa Bargeld depending)
 
2012-12-19 03:05:13 PM

The English Major: The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl: Fairytale of New York


Every time someone posts this, I click and watch it. So many people post it in every single Christmas song thread, I try it again every time. Still don't like it. Maybe I'm not drunk or Irish enough.

/Crosby/Bowie was epic serendipity.
 
2012-12-19 03:14:42 PM

Shadowtag: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I love the Crosby/Bowie duet. You can almost see old Bing as he's realizing this weirdo can really sing.

Bowie admitted long after that Crosby didn't have the tiniest clue who Bowie was.Magorn: Earpj: brandent:
Man that was awesome. Bowie seems to excel at duets. My other favorite is Under Pressure with Queen. In each case two master vocalists perfectly complementing each other.
 
 
My daughter feels that "Under Pressure" is the best song in the history of ever. 
 
 
and she's right.  Which is why Vanilla Ice  will end up in the Hell of 1,000 Flying Knives (Chinese got a lot of hells, Jack) for blasphemy when he shuffles off his mortal coil


He should boil in the black blood of the Earth. BTY, when Dane Cook did the opening bass line in his routine, then hyperkeneticly stalked about the stage proclaiming how cool, "Ice Ice Baby" was, that was the moment that forever sealed his reputation as a douche-bag with me.

/Cook should spend eternity in the Hell of the Upside-down Sinners.
 
2012-12-19 03:17:57 PM
downstairs:

David Bowie - Across The Universe (John Lennon does backing vocals.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvfHO8-w6CY



Very cool. Thank you for posting. 
 
2012-12-19 03:19:18 PM

Mikey1969: Demetrius: The Hives/Cyndi Lauper one is pretty awesome.  I'd never heard it before.  Some great lyrics.

People give Cyndi Lauper W-A-Y too hard of a time, the woman has some serious talent, she's not aging all that badly, and I get a kick out of her in interviews or on the occasional TV show.

I agree, these lyrics rock. Lauper singing 'I wrecked your Daddy's car, and went down on your Mother' almost made me actually LOL, and I still can't get the feel for the people at my new job, so I'm not sure if that would have been a good response. I'd never heard of this either, but it's making me laugh. Still not "bizzarre" though.


Who gives Cyndi Lauper a hard time? *brandishes wrench*
 
2012-12-19 03:26:56 PM
Bing and Bowie was beautiful. An incredibly perfect mesh of two generations producing one of the most memorable Christmas songs of all time.
 
2012-12-19 03:27:24 PM

shabu: KJUW89: Heard "Baby, It's Cold Outside" sung by Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton. Surprisingly good, their voices blended well.

It's really hard to do that song badly, though I've heard it happen.

Always found the story of the song cute. Written by Frank Loesser. He and his wife used to sing it at the end of their holiday parties. The voices in the song are noted as 'mouse' and 'wolf', which adds either a little cartoon flavor or a little creep factor, depending on your perspective. Loesser ended up in the doghouse with the wife when he sold the tune. Don't remember the name of the documentary about him. It may have been on American Masters. Worth a look if you find it. 

[www.thatcutesite.com image 600x344]


I've been trying to get my son (age 7) and a friend's daughter (age 5) to recite the lyrics for an audio Christmas card, but they refuse to do it. I thought it could be cute. And creepy.

Probably too creepy.
 
2012-12-19 03:28:08 PM

The English Major: The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl: Fairytale of New York


This song is my favorite. No Use for a Name does a great cover of it as well.
 
2012-12-19 03:33:42 PM

Earpj: downstairs:

David Bowie - Across The Universe (John Lennon does backing vocals.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvfHO8-w6CY


Very cool. Thank you for posting.



Also note on "Fame" (which Bowie wrote with Lennon)... the whole "FAME FAME FAME..." thing at the beginning is John Lennon's voice.
 
2012-12-19 03:38:16 PM

Robert1966: Mikey1969: Demetrius: The Hives/Cyndi Lauper one is pretty awesome.  I'd never heard it before.  Some great lyrics.

People give Cyndi Lauper W-A-Y too hard of a time, the woman has some serious talent, she's not aging all that badly, and I get a kick out of her in interviews or on the occasional TV show.

I agree, these lyrics rock. Lauper singing 'I wrecked your Daddy's car, and went down on your Mother' almost made me actually LOL, and I still can't get the feel for the people at my new job, so I'm not sure if that would have been a good response. I'd never heard of this either, but it's making me laugh. Still not "bizzarre" though.

Who gives Cyndi Lauper a hard time? *brandishes wrench*


I hear it from time to time. Someone was talking about her appearance on 'Bones' lately like she looked as if she'd been dug up from her grave. She's looking older, but she's looking damned good for her age. In the 80's, she was too poppy, but the woman has really impressed me over the years just with her attitude and friendliness, I really do admire her.
 
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