Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Worst Duet Of All Time?

Someone recently asked me what I'd nominate as the worst duet of all time. It took a while for my brain to compute the long list of possibilities but I eventually settled on this jaw dropping disasterpiece. For those of you too young or too stoned to remember the mid-90s, Merril Bainbridge was briefly the golden girl of Australian pop. Her double platinum debut album spawned a couple of massive hits and she surprised just about everyone by repeating her success in America, where "Mouth" went on to become an unlikely top 5 hit. Merril looked set for big things but sadly it wasn't to be. Her second album peaked outside the top 50 and she never bothered the upper reaches of the charts ever again. You can blame changing tastes and the patchy nature of "Between The Days" (an album that I still love, by the way) but I think the real culprit is the unlucky diva's abysmal duet with Shaggy.

A rancid cover of Sonny & Cher's seminal classic, "I Got U Babe" is the musical equivalent of being raped with a chainsaw. It's inhumane and unbearably painful. There's nothing wrong with an odd couple but unlike Seiko and Donnie Wahlberg - this is NOT the right combination. These two have no chemistry whatsoever and their voices are a match made in Cheryl Cole's recording studio (ie. hell). Merril's soft, little girl voice is all but trampled by Shaggy's Jamaican twang - rendering the song utterly ridiculous. And yet, as bad as it is, I'm still glad to have this stunning #62 smash in my collection (above). I love car crash pop and I wish Merril would come out of hiding. She's a great songwriter and the world is ready for "The Garden Part 2"!

So tell me, what duet makes you want to pierce your eardrums with a rusty knitting needle? I can think of a few other contenders....

15 comments:

Jump! said...

I loved Merrill's 2nd album so i will not say anything bad about this. Why not mention the Britney/Madge puke fest "me against the music"?

Paul said...

Seiko and Donnie Wahlburg! Amazing! What about Ana and Jordan Knight?! Equally trashtastic!

Mike said...

You're right, Me Against The Music is a complete stinker.

But Paul - I think you're confused. This post isn't about the greatest duets ever recorded. How dare you hate on Seiko!

Anonymous said...

Oh god, that new one with McFadden and god-awful Goodrem - "Mistakes". Certainly a mistake to record that dribble.

The Prophet said...

MAMT was amazing u haters and it was the first time anybody ever used The-DReam & Tricky.

Btw, I can't believe this exists!

Mike said...
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Mike said...

Urgh. How could I forget Dulta!

tommie said...

Don Bennechi / Angelique Widengren - the 90s version of Fadde and Bionda did an album of unbelievably rancid duets before it ended in the late 90s with them threathening to murder eachother. This is one of their beautiful performances:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcgfurSKavg

tommie said...

Who can forget the Aaron/Nick Carter "duet" "Oh Aaron"?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkEAQiwKeAM

Anonymous said...

michael & janets SCREAM!

John said...

This list could make an astronaut queasy. How about New Kids on the Block and Gaga's "Big Girl Now"?

Mariah said...

Dulta is amazing! My fave is "Almost Here". THAT SONG IS PERFECT!!!

Dulta > ya faves

Me said...

Nothing could be worse than DULLTa & McFattens VILE ode to her making cream pies with gravy after her homewrecking back door aprties. The SLUT!

Though Kylie & Dannii doing Abba is also abysmal - and to think they did that showstopping version of Kids only a year before...

Kevin said...

I remember this. VILE! SHITE! Mike, I'm surprised you didn't mention this comes from an equally abysmal movie, Welcome To Woop Woop. Possibly one of the worst Aussie films ever. Although there's also "Soft Fruit"!

Worst duet? Cher and Beavis & Butthead. The song? "I Got You Babe"! Coincidence? You decide!

Word Verification: creeptor

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmj92_9lpJ0&ob=av2n
Mary J. Blige and Tiziano Ferro, Each Tear. Tiziano is talking, not singing, Just overall awful and a waste of two powerful voices.