The Six Least Fruitful Collaborations Ever
Collaborations are often a dream come true for music fans. Who among us hasn't fantasized about our favorite musicians getting together for a jam session? When it happens though, the results may vary. One pairing you might think unlikely might do great things, where another one you always thought would work might end up being a dud.
Maybe the worst collaboration of all time.
Let's focus on the latter, shall we? Much is made of successful collaborations, but the ones that fail go overlooked more often than not. They fall into obscurity, becoming the subject of music trivia. Since we're all about music trivia at Rocks Off, here's some of those failed collaborations for you to pull out the next time you're playing a round of musical Jeopardy.
Jimmy Page and David Coverdale
David Coverdale has long been derided as a poor man's Robert Plant, especially when Whitesnake became yet another '80s Led Zeppelin rip-off. To be fair, Coverdale has long been a serviceable blues rock front man, and his reputation is unfairly derived from poor decisions to jump on the hair metal bandwagon.
However, it didn't help matters any when he joined up with Jimmy Page to do some recording in the early '90s. The resulting collaboration just reinforced Coverdale's image as a Plant imitator, and the album, while being a hit, is pretty poorly regarded in 2014.
The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)
I personally had high hopes for this pairing, whose debut came out this year, but it just didn't work out all that well. The best of the songs sound like Ted Leo and the Pharmacists leftovers with Mann dueting with Leo over them. The worst are absolutely tepid, boring affairs that suit the strengths of neither songwriter.
It isn't all bad. There's a few catchy singles throughout the record, but it's a turgid affair to sit through and it mostly makes you long for the better works of each artist in their solo careers. One hopes they get back on track separately fairly quickly.
Elvis Costello and the Roots
Elvis Costello is an artist with a propensity for high profile collaborations that unexpectedly work. This wasn't one of them. I had pretty high hopes for this one as well, but even Costello's roots reggae and R&B bonafides couldn't save this from being a lackluster late career experiment from both parties.
Though there is some good here, Costello just doesn't fit in with the Roots as a band, and his songwriting sounds completely stale and derivative. We've heard this Costello on his own records in much finer form, and the Roots just play through like a group of session players out for a paycheck.
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