The inspiration for the proceeding "Peculiar Collaborations" list derives from the recent release of Sting and Shaggy’s new album 44/876.... what we were supposed to do, not comment on Sting and Shaggy joining forces?? This is the best unlikely partnership since Oprah and John Tesh! 

You can’t knock an unusual pairing until you try it. Like the phenomenon of dipping French fries in a Wendy’s Frosty, or wearing a tiara with combat boots, or doing yoga in the middle of a WWE match.  Embarking upon the weirder path less travelled is where art most unpredictably and most powerfully generates. Now, not to say all of the gems on this list are magnum opus caliber- but even the kitschy for kitschy’s sake and the comically entertaining creations (e.g. Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton), still resonate with the value of discovering new inspiration and harmonizing with different perspectives. 

We’ll leave it up to you whether the following collaborations hit the mark or not- dope melodies are in the ear of the beholder. Even if the aftertaste or the harmony doesn’t quite hit the spot, exploration and weirdness is better than playing it boringly safe.


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  • The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus & New Fumes

           - Single, "A Day in the Life" (2014)

  • Alison Krauss and Robert Plant

           - "Killing the Blues" from Raising Sand (2007)


  • Janelle Monde and Of Montreal

          -  "XIV. Make The Bus" from The ArchAndroid (2010)


  • Elton John and Pnau

         - "Sad" from Elton John vs. Pnau (2012)



  • Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton

          - "Stay Out of My Bedroom" from Rhinestone Soundtrack (1984)

  • RZA and Yoko Ono 

        -  "Seed of Joy / Life is a Struggle" on vinyl Greenfield Morning (2010)

  • Blood Orange and Girl Pool

          - Single, "Picturesong" (2018)


  • Toto and Cheryl Lynn 

           - Single, "Georgy Porgy" (1996)


  • Flatbush Zombies & Portugal. The Man 

          - "Crown" from Vaction in Hell (2018)

  • Sting and Shaggy

         - "Don't Make Me Wait" from 44/876 (2018)