The Most Unusual Musical Collaborations

19 November 2018, 18:36 | Updated: 19 November 2018, 18:50

Professor Green and Miles Kane
Professor Green and Miles Kane. Picture: David M. Benett/Getty Images

Miles Kane and Professor Green? Elton John and Josh Homme? Nick Cave and Kylie? Let's take a look at some of the oddest get-togethers in music.

  1. Sir Elton John and Queens Of The Stone Age

    They were a hard rocking post-grunge supergroup; he was a veteran flamboyant superstar. Elton appeared on the track Fairweather Friends on 2013’s …Like Clockwork after reportedly ringing up up Josh Homme and saying: “The only thing missing from your band is an actual queen!” ‘I said, Honey, you have no idea," replied Homme.

  2. Linkin Park and Stormzy

    The LA rockers’ 2017 track Good Goodbye featured a guest spot from British grime star Stormzy, so take that, Glastonbury haters. Not only that, but the track also featured New York rapper Pusha T. The band had frequently mixed up genres, having already collaborated with Jay Z on Numb/Encore.

  3. Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones

    He was the eternally young Green Day frontman and she was the jazz singing daughter of sitar-playing legend Ravi Shankar. Their collaboration was a collection of covers by the 1950s close harmony act The Everly Brothers. Who’d have thunk it?

  4. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue

    She was the diminutive pop princess and star of Neighbours, he was the Dark Lord of Australian rock. Kylie appeared on Uncle Nick's 1996 collection of 'orrible stories, Murder Ballads.

  5. Metallica and Lou Reed

    He was the grumpy former frontman of The Velvet Underground and the garage rock pioneer, they were Los Angeles’ biggest heavy metal band. In 2011, they collaborated on Lulu, an album based on two plays originally written by the German author Frank Wedekind. It's mainly made up of spoken word by Reed over the top of an instrumental track provided by Metallica and is not for the faint-hearted.

  6. Miles Kane and Professor Green

    He’s the cheeky chappy from the Wirral and one half of the Last Shadow Puppets, he’s the rapper and actor from Hackney. Our Miles appeared on Green's 2013 track Are You Getting Enough? “Whenever I see Miles I see alcohol and the sun come up,” the Professor told MTV. Oof.

  7. Jack White and Alicia Keys

    He’s the Detroit blues rocker, she’s the singer-songwriter from New York, that concrete jungle where dreams are made of. They were drawn together by Bond Theme-shaped dreams, but unfortunately for the two songwriters, that movie was Quantum of Solace. They got around the lyrically displeasing title by writing a song called Another Way To Die.

  8. Queen and 5ive

    When 5ive decided to cover/desecrate the Queen classic We Will Rock You, Brian May and Roger Taylor actually a) let them do it and b) joined in.

  9. David Bowie and Bing Crosby

    Whether it was Christmas sentimentality, or just because his “mother liked him”, the Thin White Duke performed with the ageing crooner on a Yuletide TV show in 1977. Rumours persist that the only reason Bowie’s Peace On Earth vocal exists on the track is because he hated Little Drummer Boy so much. Whatever the case, Bing died before the show had even aired. Bowie’s credibility remained rock solid. Amazing.