Collaborations are a risky business. For every “Where the Wild Roses Grow” or “Candy,” there’s 100 abominations like “Dancing in the Streets.” It’s easy enough to make lists of musical collaborations that stink up the stereo, but occasionally, just occasionally, there’s an pairing that works against all odds. With Nick Cave & UNKLE’s “Money and Run” getting released this week, here’s a mixtape of cross-genre or otherwise unlikely combinations that produced unexpected gold.
The KLF & Tammy Wynette – “Justified and Ancient” (3:45)
In which acid house mischief-makers The KLF convince veteran country singer Tammy Wynette to lend her vocals to their signature tune about a fictional cult who drive around in ice cream vans. “Mu Mu Land,” opined Tammy, “looks a lot more interesting than Tennessee”. All in all, a glorious episode in popular culture.