Looking Back at 7 of Pop’s Quirkiest Hook-Ups
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This week, Norah Jones and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong release Foreverly, an out-of-leftfield but lovely tribute to the Everly Brothers. Listen below:
But this odd couple got us thinking about other inspired — if not always as successful — unions from pop's quirky past.
LADY GAGA & BEYONCÉ, "TELEPHONE" (2010)
Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's tag-team "Telephone" video was an outrageous homage to Quentin Tarantino, bondage, the love that dares not speak its name, and every women's-prison picture grimed to a drive-in screen. Even as firebrand Sasha Fierce, it's rare to see Beyoncé, with her Betty Page-via-Rosario Dawson bangs, in such kinky form. Curious fashions aside, it was fun to see these icons at the pinnacle of their powers rampaging together.
FRANK SINATRA & BONO, "I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN" (1993)
Bono seemed to take the title literally, crawling through the Cole Porter chestnut like a predatory fly, his intentions oblique. Meanwhile, Frank kept it traditional with love-daubed strings and well-scrubbed belts of old-school come-hither. The conflicting interpretations didn't quite work, but they rode an interesting lounge-lizard line between creepy and lovely.
ANI DiFRANCO & JACKIE CHAN, "UNFORGETTABLE" (2000)