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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 03:38:37 PM
Mega Steve:
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


While I got what Natalie was doing when she did it, and it did sound good, I hated the whole virtual duet trend it started. I'm sorry, no, Scarlett Johannson does not belong in the same musical level with Dean Martin, nor Kenny G with Satchmo, nor even Celine Dion with Sinatra or, more recently, Elvis. No, no, no.

//where's the line between a duet and a cash-in?
 
2012-12-19 03:40:38 PM
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7493946/81394423#c81394423" target="_blank">SlagginOff</a>:</b> <i>This song is my favorite. No Use for a Name does a great cover of it as well.</i>

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjFQpwE3cqE">So do The Monarch & Dr. Girlfriend.</a>
 
2012-12-19 03:48:42 PM

The English Major: <b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7493946/81394423#c81394423" target="_blank">SlagginOff</a>:</b> <i>This song is my favorite. No Use for a Name does a great cover of it as well.</i>

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjFQpwE3cqE">So do The Monarch & Dr. Girlfriend.</a>



Ummm....Huh?
 
2012-12-19 04:07:09 PM
When I first saw Bing and Bowie duet, I thought they had digitally inserted Bowie into some old Crosby Christmas Special footage.  When I found out that was real, I thought it was absolutely 100% bona fide Prime Grade A Weird right there.  But now, there's loads of young whippersnappers who will watch this (my own two daughters included), and say, "Who are those two?"  And if you say, "Its a psychedelic rocker and a 1940s crooner," you'll be called old.  You can then tell them to get the fark off your lawn.
 
2012-12-19 04:08:54 PM

Earpj: Ummm....Huh?


Let's try this again. Second time today this change has caused me to fail.
 
2012-12-19 04:47:21 PM

raptusregaliter: Celine Dion with Sinatra or, more recently, Elvis. No, no, no.


I'm no Celine fan, but she can sing circles around Elvis.
 
2012-12-19 04:48:20 PM
Not bizarre, but I'm enjoying Rufus Wainwright & Sharon Van Etten - "Baby It's Cold Outside"

/his version of "Minuit Chretiens" is stunning. (crummy link, make sure you hit 'close to play')
/He really ought to put out a Christmas album.
///ok, one more - "Spotlight On Christmas"
 
2012-12-19 04:52:41 PM
Magorn:
 
 
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
"


Is it a special level reserved for child molesters and people that talk in the theater?
 
2012-12-19 04:55:28 PM
The Celephane Green and Rodrick Stewart one wasn't too shabby
 
2012-12-19 05:06:21 PM

uncleacid: The Jesus/Pontius duet did not sell well.


That was a cross-over hit.

/nailed it
 
2012-12-19 05:25:56 PM
geez, Ozzy. Trainwriggitrywreck, right there.

The English Major: Second time today this change has caused me to fail.


s'cool, man. you get a pass. Merry friggin' X-mas!

raptusregaliter: I hated the whole virtual duet trend it started.


yes. Though virtual Tupac in concert was ballsy.


And adding Leon Redbone and Zooey doin' Baby it's Cold Outside. Weird pairing, but it werks.
 
2012-12-19 05:26:52 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. 


Sadly, it's become a bit of a trend to claim that the song is about date rape. Some people are apparently unfamiliar with the concept of flirting.
 
2012-12-19 06:15:42 PM

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


Have you heard it? I don't think it's bizarre but watching it on Youtube I felt embarrassed for them.
 
2012-12-19 06:22:10 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.


Old Bingo was a real far gone cat, man. I've heard it said that on a hot day he would actually undo his top button and loosen his tie.

Seriously, I have actually read that he was considered a bit of a rebel when he was young, and was known to indulge in the smoking of the pot. He wasn't quite as tightly buttoned as he appeared.

www.gonzaga.edu
 
2012-12-19 06:26:16 PM

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


Never saw that before... other than Ted is nuts, that was amusing.


Nugent isn't nuts - he's a dickhead.
 
2012-12-19 06:36:31 PM

downstairs: 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


Another good a duet is Snl Performance with Klaus Nomi
Link
 
2012-12-19 06:36:47 PM
What, nobody remembers GG Allin and Andy Williams doing "Linus and Lucy"?
 
2012-12-19 06:50:03 PM
I'm no Celine fan, but she can sing circles around Elvis

you, sir, are a total ass-wipe
 
2012-12-19 07:40:42 PM

kg2095: dletter: D Ray Morton: They forgot Ted Nugent and David Letterman.


Never saw that before... other than Ted is nuts, that was amusing.

Nugent isn't nuts - he's a dickhead.



why can't it be both?
 
2012-12-19 08:00:52 PM
Huge Kirsty MacColl fan here so of course Fairytale of New York is my favorite. I was also pleasantly surprised by the Hives and Cyndi Lauper. It's all over YouTube and I just figured it was a lame mashup someone did on their laptop until I listened.

Right now my favorite duet is Chris Isaak and Stevie Nicks - Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Stevie is another one of those singers who really shines in duets. She and Chris sing well together. I'd love a county album from them.

Link
 
2012-12-19 08:04:05 PM
oops "country" album from them, not county.
 
2012-12-19 09:08:19 PM

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: kg2095: dletter: D Ray Morton: They forgot Ted Nugent and David Letterman.


Never saw that before... other than Ted is nuts, that was amusing.

Nugent isn't nuts - he's a dickhead.


why can't it be both?


Well I suppose it can be both, but if he's nuts it removes the responsibility for his actions. I prefer to think of him as just a plain old dick who is fully responsible.
 
2012-12-19 09:19:50 PM
I remember seeing a version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Sigourney Weaver and David Johansen. It was pretty good. I wish I remember were I saw it, SNL maybe?
 
2012-12-19 09:30:29 PM

ozarkmatt: I remember seeing a version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Sigourney Weaver and David Johansen. It was pretty good. I wish I remember were I saw it, SNL maybe?


Partial to this version myself
 
2012-12-19 09:39:06 PM
I saw the special when it was first broadcast, (Crosby's last before he died).
I remember that before the special came out, it was rumored that although Bowie was to be a guest, that he and Crosby would actually sing a duet!!!!!
There was speculation as to what song they might possibly perform together as "Ziggy Stardust" and "Der Bingle" came from 2 completely different worlds. Would Ziggy/Bowie try a his hand at a traditional carol. Would Crosby attempt something psychedelic?
At the time, the critics and many viewers, thought this was a cop-out. Each seemed to sing their own song, unaware of the other. Not much of a duet they said.
But I hear that song now, and hear 2 men, one at the end of a 50+ career and the other in the beginning of his, each contributing, one old passing the torch, the other new with a new song. Both joining in the bridge of the song singing together and finally coming to terms and understanding with the words, "Can it be?" Very beautiful.
 
2012-12-19 10:30:59 PM
 
2012-12-20 10:56:55 AM

Teknowaffle: 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


I beg your pardon? (each word pops a different song)

That doesn't even touch my three favorites from that album. All of which can reduce a cynical, jaded sonofabiatch to a weeping child again with their innocence and hope.

The Christmas Wish
Medley: Alfie/It's in every one of us
John Denver and Jim Henson (as Rowlf the Dog) singing the greatest rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" I've ever heard.

/That album is, IMHO, the most perfect Christmas album ever recorded. There isn't a song on it that I would change anything of.
 
2012-12-20 11:39:07 AM

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.


You've raised a daughter with good taste in music. Cheers! :)
 
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