It's the most wonderful time of the year-- if you're not a radio disc jockey, that is. Because 'tis the season for some strange music collaborations. Check out these unlikely duos that teamed up to make some Christmas music magic.
Her solo version of the song "All I Want For Christmas Is You" has become a modern-day Christmas classic, but did pop diva Mariah Carey go too far when she did a sexy duet with teen heart throb, Justin Bieber? Their collaboration of the 1994 song for Bieber's Christmas album, "Under the Mistletoe" sounds great, but the video shows the new mom acting more like a cougar than one of Santa's elves (she's 41, Bieber's 17). Critics of the vid think it's too risqué and inappropriate. Keep acting like that, Mariah, and you'll end up on Santa's naughty list!
From the guy who once considered doing a "Black Christmas" tour, it doesn't get much stranger than this. Perhaps it was written into his MTV reality show contract, but Ozzy Osbourne -- you know, the Prince of Darkness?-- actually recorded a duet of the song "Winter Wonderland" with pop singer Jessica Simpson. It played out on MTV's "Osbourne Family Christmas Special." Where's Andy Williams when you need him?
It's the strange Christmas duet by which all other strange Christmas duets are measured. Glam rocker David Bowie crashed Christmas crooner Bing Crosby's pad during the 1977 TV special "Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas," before delving into a bizarre joint rendition of "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Peace on Earth." According to Rolling Stone, Bowie didn't want to do "Drummer Boy"-- he begged to sing any other song-- but Crosby got his final wish.
There have been many strange renditions of the classic winter time song, "Baby It's Cold Outside" (Rock Hudson and Mae West, Rudolph Nureyev and Miss Piggy?), but this one takes the cake. Bing Crosby found himself in the midst of another odd coupling when he teamed up with actor Jimmy Stewart for a comedic version of this wolf and mouse song for a radio show broadcast in 1949. But, if we're going to go wolf on wolf for this song, a much better duet is Chris Colfer and Darren Criss's version from "A Very Glee Christmas." Now that's a wonderful life!
No one can say the Flaming Lips don't have holiday spirit: the band's Infinite Holiday Sounds website streams a never-ending loop of holiday music. So teaming up with Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band for the song "Atlas Eets Christmas" was a no brainer, because nothing screams Christmas like Yoko's screaming! The song repeats at about every fifteen tracks on the website's infinite loop. According to Spin, the psychedelic rock band will also collaborate with the Plastic Ono Band on New Year's Eve; they'll all ring in 2012 by singing John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" onstage together when the clock strikes midnight.
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- Bing Crosby