A couple of nights ago, we had the absolute pleasure of seeing William Shatner and Lin Yu Chun do a rendition of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" on Lopez Tonight that made our hearts cream with loving ecstasy. We have no clue what to actually think of Lin Yu Chin (other than that the internet seems to think he's the next Susan Boyle), but we're pretty certain that William Shatner doing pretty much anything musical is comedy gold. Either way, it got us to thinking about ten of our favorite weird ass duets.
10. David Bowie and Marianne Faithfull - "I Got You Babe": It was going to be this or David Bowie and Bing Crosby. We picked this one because the costumes are significantly better. What the hell is on Marianne Faithfull's head, and when did she find time to loan it out to Lady Gaga?
09. Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole - "Unforgettable": Nothing weird about doing a duet with your dad right? I mean, people do that all the time; we sing songs with our dads and --- wait -- what? He's dead? (!) Oh god.
08. Eminem and Elton John - "Stan": This isn't so much a duet really as a team-up. Either way, it was meant to be strange and shocking, and we're pretty sure it works on that level. On any other level? Not so much.
07. Al Green and Lyle Lovett - "Funny How Time Slips Away": Anything that Lyle Lovett does is going to be a little strange, but teaming up with Al Green sounds like a recipe for disaster. And guess what? It is. It's like these two had read our minds when we where thinking about terrible potential duets.
06. Bone Thug-N-Harmony and Phil Collins - "Take Me Home": We can't actually say anything about Bone Thugs-N-Harmony without thinking about the weird girl that used a lot hairspray and had the locker next to us with a Bone Thugs photo on the inside. So instead, we'll just point out that this songs is terrible, and Phil Collins sounds like he's in a reverb chamber on Mars.
05. Nelly and Tim McGraw - "Over and Over Again": We remember hearing about this and thinking it was a joke. It's one of the most bizarre collaborations we could possible imagine. Who approached who here? Was Tim McGraw sitting on his ranch thinking about how he really wanted to do a hip-hop song? Or was Nelly hanging out in his gold-plated mansion thinking about how fond he is of country music?
04. Marc Almond and Gene Pitney - "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart": So Marc Almond is looking like a creepy greaser molester here, while Gene Pitney appears to be lost and wondering how the hell he ended up on the set to begin with. We're just curious why Gene Pitney's not outfitted in leather.
3. Taylor Swift and T-Pain - "Thug Story": T-swizzle here is rapping to the shorties about being gangster in this somewhat hilarious mockery of modern rap music. We can't tell if T-Pain is brilliant pop-culture critic or a cash whore. Either way, props to little T-swizzle and the CMT for dropping some mad rhymes with enough sprinkling of self-mockery to keep it real.
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02. Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle - "Diamond Lights": What happens when a couple pro-soccer players -- ahem, excuse us, we mean, footballers -- team up and record a duet together? Comedy gold is what happens. If there is anything more embarrassing to watch involving sports players singing songs (and yes, we know the "Super Bowl Shuffle"), we'd love to see it.
01. Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue - "Where the Wild Roses Grow": This one's not all that strange on first glance. They're both Australian, right? So that part makes sense. Then we got to thinking about the American equivalent, which, in our heads, meant Henry Rollins was doing a duet with Madonna. That changed our view of this song -- and made us wish Henry Rollins wasn't too much of a wuss to team up with Madonna, because that sounds rad.