Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Weird artist collaborations

You never know what might happen when a couple of artists get together. They may just click and decide that they need to make music together. Sometimes such collaborations make sense. Other times, not so much.

The Sex Pistols (minus Johnny Rotten) recorded a song called “No One is Innocent” with Ronnie Biggs, a real-life criminal who participated in Britain’s Great Train Robbery of 1963. Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden recorded a cover of the Alice Cooper song “Elected” with Mr. Bean back in 1992. Who could forget the time when REM agreed to appear on Sesame Street to perform “Shiny Happy People” as “Furry Happy Monsters.”

And speaking of Muppets, Ozzy Osbourne and Miss Piggy got together for a cover of “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf.

Alan Cross

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