Monday, October 19, 2015

Duets That Suck: "Don't give me one of your lines"

Duets: they can be teh aweSUM or they can suck. When the chemistry works (Queen & David Bowie; John Mellencamp & Meshell Ndegeocello; Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield) it is ah-MAY-zing. When the chemistry sucks... well, you get songs like this.
"Love Song" / Madonna & Price
"Love Song" appears on Madonna's 1989 album Like a Prayer. It followed the soundtrack for Who's That Girl? and a remix album, You Can Dance; her first full album of new material in 3 years and her most critically acclaimed to that point.

That same year Prince released the soundtrack to Tim Burton's Batman. It falls at the mid-point between his critically acclaimed Sign o' the Times and Diamonds and Pearls (although is not adjacent to either).

At this point in their respective careers they could do anything they wanted to. And they probably didn't have to do anything they didn't want to. The end result of 2 of the biggest pop stars of the time (or of ever)--in fact 2 of the most sexualized musicians of the time OR ever--is a song so mind-numbingly boring (and chaste) that I regularly have to remind fans of either that this song exists.

I'm fairly certain neither has ever performed this song live. And if Prince receives any residual money from sales of the Madonna album, they probably confuse his accountant just a bit.  Ever heard it? It's awful...

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