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6 incredibly weird musical collaborations

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Everyone loves a good musical collaboration: fans get to hear some of their favourite artists together, the artists get to try something new and record companies make loads and loads of money.

Occasionally, though, two artists who share nothing in common apart from the ability to form words with their mouths decide to team up. Here are some of the weirdest musical collaborations ever, and the often terrible results…


Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips (and…erm, Moby)

The Flaming Lips are a much-adored indie band with fans across the globe. Miley Cyrus is an ex-Disney Channel starlet turned pro attention seeker, and is best known for swinging about on a wrecking ball naked.

Together, they are…well, pretty rubbish actually, as this unique rendition of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots shows:

The collaboration didn’t end there, either. Cyrus and The Flaming Lips called up another unlikely collaborator, Moby, and produced this bizarre video.


Eminem and Dido

Stan is one of the biggest rap songs ever, and at the time this collaboration didn’t seem too weird (mainly because no-one actually knew who Dido was).

Shortly after releasing Stan, however, Dido became known for inoffensive pop ballads about cups of tea going cold and not putting up white flags by her door (a great home design tip, by the way).

In hindsight, this collaboration was like Frankie Boyle and The Queen teaming up for an evening of comedy.


Five and Queen

Now this one really is weird. In 2000, Queen, one of the world’s most respected bands, decided to re-record their rousing anthem We Will Rock You with the boyband Five. To this day, no-one can explain why. Even watching the video is a bit like reliving a half-remembered bad dream.

Fortunately, this crime against music disappeared without trace shortly aft…oh no, wait, it hit number #1 in the charts.


Phil Collins and Bone, Thugs and Harmony

Despite racking up more hits than a Buzzfeed article about Jennifer Lawrence cuddling kittens, poor Phil gets a hard time for being a bit dull.

In 2003, however, Phil’s street cred got a minor boost when he teamed up with hip-hoppers Bone Thugs-n-Harmony on Home (which sampled his hit Take Me Home).

Sadly, the song didn’t do too well in the charts and we never got to hear the unique hip-hop stylings of Big Philly C (as no-one called him) again.


Jack White, the Insane Clown Posse and Mozart

Yep, this really did happen. Jack White worked with the Insane Clown Posse (who are best known for wearing silly make-up and spraying root beer over their fans) on a cover of a 230 year-old Mozart song. Just let that sink in for a moment.

Oh, and the song is about bums too. Y’know, in case the whole Jack White, Insane Clown Posse and Mozart thing wasn’t weird enough already.


Ozzy Osbourne and Miss Piggy

The Prince of Darkness has made some odd decisions over the years (including biting the head off a live bat), but none seem quite as weird as covering Born to Be Wild with Miss Piggy.

What’s next, Marilyn Manson and The Count from Sesame Street covering Great Balls of Fire? Actually, that doesn’t sound too bad…


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