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Old 12-21-2012, 07:44 PM
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Male/female duets - any GOOD pop/rock songs?

When I listen to most music, the male/female duet is always terribly uncool. Are there any truly good ones or have they all been yuppie-cheese like "Up Where We Belong"?

I'm not talking about musicals, etc. where they're supposed to have duets for the narrative, but about radio and album oriented music.

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Old 12-21-2012, 07:54 PM
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"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meat Loaf (and Ellen Foley)

"Wooden Ships" by the Jefferson Airplane.
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:59 PM
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The Civil Wars - Poison & Wine comes right to mind (as does almost anything else they've done).

Or if that's still too cheesy for your taste, try Barton Hollow.

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Old 12-21-2012, 08:11 PM
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John Stewart/Stevie Nicks - Gold

Walter Egan/Stevie Nicks - Magnet and Steel

Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty - Stop Draggin' My Heart Around


I'm sensing a theme here.

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Old 12-21-2012, 08:12 PM
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Tom Petty / Stevie Nicks - Stop Draggin' My Heart Around

(Stevie seems to be the key here..)
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:30 PM
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Fairytale of New York with the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl. Bonus: It's the Christmas season.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:41 PM
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Not sure what qualifies for your definition of yuppie cheese...but:
The Human League had a number of catchy pop hits including (Keep Feeling) Fascination and Don't You Want Me.

If you want some more album-oriented songs, (but not necessarily radio hits):
The Gathering - A Life All Mine (with Anneke Van Giersbergen) and Meltdown (with new singer Silje)

And a short but beautiful song, Coil, By Opeth (Nathalie Lorichs)
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:51 PM
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Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush. Moving and powerful, though your mileage may vary.

If you want something a lot darker, there is this.

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Old 12-21-2012, 09:24 PM
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I don't think there's a shortage, but the first one that came to mind is Paul Simon and Phoebe Snow doing Gone At Last.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:29 PM
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I highly recommend:

What Have You Done Now by Within Temptation(and Keith Caputo)
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:00 PM
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Candy - Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson
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Are you all mad?

Gimme Shelter

Jagger/Lisa Fischer. Makes my nipples hard every time.

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Old 12-21-2012, 10:15 PM
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Mesh has a duet that's not sappy or sentimental. It's called "Who Says" and has lyrics like:

"It only feels good when I'm treating you bad"

and

"I only take sides if the other one's you"
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:26 PM
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They are sorta cheesy, but Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs (who I am in love with) put out a couple of covers albums that are fun to listen to (good cover of Willin'.)

Have you listened to She & Him? They are supposed to be pretty good.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:02 PM
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I'm sort of partial to "Where Do The Children Go?" by The Hooters.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:10 PM
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In Spite of Ourselves by John Prine and Iris Dement.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:13 PM
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The Civil Wars have a wonderful cover of Billie Jean.

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Old 12-21-2012, 11:34 PM
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Not able to provide a link, but I've always liked

Please Don't Touch

A classic by Motorhead and Girlschool.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:54 PM
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The Cowboy Junkies If You Were The Woman has a wonderful duet with John Prine and Margot Timmins.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:20 AM
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I like Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman singing "Something Stupid." The video is dead sexy and quite Christmas-y.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:27 AM
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Don't Know Much -- Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt
Missing You -- John Waite and Alison Krauss
Rich Woman -- Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Almost anything by the B-52s
This Is Us -- Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler
I Wanna Sing that Rock and Roll -- Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlins
Proud Mary -- Ike & Tina Turner
Crying -- Roy Orbison with kd Lang
Just out of Reach -- Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson (so what if their tracks were recorded 30 years apart?)
Does Peter Paul and Mary count? If so, a bunch of their stuff
Roberta Flack and Donnie Hathaway did a number of very nice duets
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:28 AM
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Stevie Nicks/Kenny Loggins - Whenever I Call You Friend (well, I don't think it's cheesy)
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:43 AM
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"That Lovin' You Feelin' Again" by Roy Orbison and Emmylou Harris.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:49 AM
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The Jesus and Mary Chain w/Hope Sandoval-"Sometimes Always"
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:00 AM
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Snow Patrol and Martha Wainwright, Set the Fire to the Third Bar.
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:26 AM
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Are you all mad?

Gimme Shelter

Jagger/Lisa Fischer. Makes my nipples hard every time.
*ahem*

But really, it's not a duet. One hell of a support/backup singer, yes. But there's no dialog in the song.
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:54 AM
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Interesting to see how many people have listed country songs, as most of what I'd have thought of would be in that genre.

There's a brilliant cover of Don't Give Up by Willie Nelson and Sinead O'Connor.

Also, Nanci Griffith's Gulf Coast Highway, and covered by Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson.
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:02 AM
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Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry take on Cole Porter together in Well Did You Evah. Sauced again.
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:33 AM
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Isobel Campbell of Belle & Sebastian, has since they broke up released 3 solo albums: Ballad of the Broken Seas,, Sunday at Devil Dirt and Hawk. All are duets with Mark Lanegan formerly of Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age. Here they do Come Undone.

Very cool.Now that's a duet.

Allmusic says:

It's tempting to say something facile like "beauty meets the beast" in writing about this collaboration between former Belle & Sebastian member Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, best known for his work with Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age. After all, Campbell's voice is all sweet angelic whisper while Lanegan's whisky-and-nicotine rasp sounds like the product of ten thousand nights in a barroom, but somehow these sweet and sour elements come together with striking and impressive results on Ballad of the Broken Seas.
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:35 AM
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"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meat Loaf (and Ellen Foley)
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Fairytale of New York with the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl. Bonus: It's the Christmas season.
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The Jesus and Mary Chain w/Hope Sandoval-"Sometimes Always"
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:04 AM
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Steve Earle "I Remember You"
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I'm pretty sure that's Emmylou Harris singing with Mr. Earle.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:44 AM
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Tom Petty / Stevie Nicks - Stop Draggin' My Heart Around

(Stevie seems to be the key here..)
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Another one: Stevie Nicks/Don Henley - Leather and Lace
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:45 AM
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Carly Simon & James Taylor Mockingbird.
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:09 AM
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I fucking love that song.
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:49 AM
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Steve Earle "I Remember You"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Da_qDw0sFfo
I'm pretty sure that's Emmylou Harris singing with Mr. Earle.
It is. She's done loads of great duets, many more than mentioned here already. The two albums with Gram Parsons are among the greatest music ever made.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:43 PM
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Not sure if it's ever been recorded, but I twice got to see Jimmy Buffett and Maria Muldaur sing "Let's Get Drunk and Screw"...

(This was back in the PPH days...)

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Old 12-22-2012, 01:47 PM
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Tramp - Otis Redding and Carla Thomas
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:56 PM
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Nathaniel Merryweathers "Lovage" Music to make love to your old lady by is a fantastic album pretty much all the way through and is mostly duets

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Od8FfT1U820
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:58 PM
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I don't know if this counts as pop or rock, but "Who", by David Byrne and St. Vincent, is pretty good.

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Old 12-22-2012, 01:58 PM
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"All The Roadrunning" - the entire album by Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:02 PM
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Four Leaf Clover - Old 97s w/ Exene Cervenka

For Shame of Doing Wrong - Syd Straw and Evan Dando covering Richard & Linda Thompson

Angel From Montgomery - Bonnie Raitt and John Prine
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:44 PM
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I'm very fond of Dan Hicks and Rickie Lee Jones dueting on Driftin'. Rickie comes in around the 30 second mark and fully shares the vocals after that.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:15 PM
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It's become an internet meme but I like the song "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye and Kimbra.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:21 PM
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"All The Roadrunning" - the entire album by Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
Yep. This one is really nice:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=G03Iw8qdBCk
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:31 PM
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Candy - Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson
Iggy Pop also has a brand new one titled "Dirty Love" with Ke$ha on Ke$ha's new album Warrior. One reviewer calls it "deliciously, almost uncomfortably filthy." I defy you to find any other duet that mentions cockroaches doing it in garbage cans, or Santorum doing it in a V-neck sweater.
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:56 PM
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On the weirder side, there is always Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra doing Some Velvet Morning.
Then there is always the version by Roland Howard and Lydia Lunch. I'm not sure which is stranger.
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:15 PM
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David Bowie and Annie Lennox capture lightning in a bottle doing Under Pressure together.
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One of Evanescence's biggest hits ("Bring Me to Life") had a male part. But maybe that's still cheesy.

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Old 12-22-2012, 06:48 PM
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Meat Loaf and Cher - Dead Ringer For Love. I'm not kidding, it's a pretty decent rocker.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:50 PM
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Isaac Hayes & Dionne Warwick once sang a tremendous duet. He would do one line from "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and she would sing a line from "I Say a Little Prayer for You." A very moving live performance.
I also like James Taylor and Carly Simon's version of "Mockingbird"
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