Duets w/ singers just having a helluva good time in the recording studio
July 28, 2018 6:16 AM   Subscribe

I really like duets where--in addition to being good and fun songs--it is also clear that the singers were just having shitloads of fun in the studio. Bonus points for laughing and goofing around! Examples within.

The archetype: Elis Regina & Tom Jobim, Aguas de Março. It devolves into a total goof-fest and remains a fucking great song the entire time.
Singing through laughter: Miriam Makeba & Charles Colman, One More Dance.

Stompin' at the Savoy (Ella & Louie) is also a great song, not goofy per se, but fun as hell.
posted by duffell to Media & Arts (35 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
I’ve always gotten a kick out of the White Stripes “it’s true we love one another” precisely because it sounds so “fun”
posted by tabula rasa at 6:34 AM on July 28, 2018 [3 favorites]

Iggy Pop & Deborah Harry did a duet on the Red Hot + Blue benefit album with Well Did You Evah. It sounds a bit sloppy, like they recorded it in one take, which gives it its charm I think.
posted by cazoo at 6:44 AM on July 28, 2018 [7 favorites]

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga - The Lady is a Tramp
posted by eponym at 6:59 AM on July 28, 2018 [3 favorites]

The Beatles Anthology version of And Your Bird Can Sing is pretty giggly. Maybe check the Related Questions too; I've seen similar questions not specific to duets.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 7:09 AM on July 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

John Prine did a whole album of duets, In Spite of Ourselves. He did the titular song with Iris DeMent and they clearly enjoyed themselves
posted by hydropsyche at 7:19 AM on July 28, 2018 [8 favorites]

OK I know the song is creepy and problematic, but here are Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews achieving peak Welshness in 1999 with Baby It's Cold Outside. Bonus: hilarious video where she becomes a vampire.
posted by Pallas Athena at 7:32 AM on July 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

David Bowie and bassist/vocalist Gail Ann Dorsey on Under Pressure: not giggly, but there is such an undercurrent of trust and understanding between them. They appear perfectly in sync without having to work at it.
posted by Pallas Athena at 7:52 AM on July 28, 2018 [3 favorites]

A bit more on the rock side than your examples, but Screaming Females and Garbage do a brilliant version of "Because the Night" and the video is pretty much exactly what you describe.
posted by Ufez Jones at 8:12 AM on July 28, 2018 [3 favorites]

Nelly Furtado's "Saturdays."
posted by XtineHutch at 8:55 AM on July 28, 2018

Alexander O'Neal and Cherelle, Never Knew Love Like This
posted by fuse theorem at 9:03 AM on July 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

Hayes Carll Another Like You
posted by jeffamaphone at 9:03 AM on July 28, 2018

William Shatner and Henry Rollins (with Adrian Belew on guitar)- "I Can't Get Behind That"
(OK, maybe not singing, but still fun)
posted by ShooBoo at 9:20 AM on July 28, 2018 [2 favorites]

Aw man, check out Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash! See "Jackson" and "Long-Legged Guitar-Pickin' Man," for instance.
posted by limeonaire at 9:39 AM on July 28, 2018 [5 favorites]

OK, the two of them on their harmonicas are also ridiculously cute. And seeing them so obviously in love singing "It Ain't Me, Babe" together is also adorable.
posted by limeonaire at 9:51 AM on July 28, 2018

Not a duet, more an ensemble piece, is Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys (with Dean Torrance of Jan & Dean) on lead vocals. It's obvious there's a party going on in the studio.
posted by essexjan at 10:15 AM on July 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Tramp
posted by xil at 10:16 AM on July 28, 2018

This week I stumbled across this wonderfully adorable video of Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie. It's an acoustic performance of a song they wrote together and they appear to be having a blast. I'd never heard of Anne-Marie before, but now I'm a fan!
posted by kbar1 at 10:43 AM on July 28, 2018 [2 favorites]

Perhaps not quite "duet", but Tuesday's Gone by Metallica.

From the wiki: The song was originally released by Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1973 on the (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) album. Metallica version features Pepper Keenan (Down, Corrosion of Conformity), Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney (Alice in Chains), Jim Martin (Faith No More), John Popper (Blues Traveler), Les Claypool (Primus) and Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd), and was recorded in Dec 1998 in San Jose, CA at 92.3 KSJO Studios. Was part of a "Christmas with Metallica" a live radio session that lasted a few hours".

You can tell they're having a grand old time recording this, lot's of "John, take it away" type stuff and it devolves into laughing and whatnot at the very end.
posted by 3FLryan at 11:04 AM on July 28, 2018

Trio technically, but Laura Jane Grace, Joan Jett, and Miley Cyrus covering the Replacements’ Androgynous. This video makes me so happy.
posted by ActionPopulated at 11:06 AM on July 28, 2018 [3 favorites]

Pretty cheesy, but how about "Don't go breakin my heart" with Elton John and Kiki Dee?
posted by stillmoving at 12:15 PM on July 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

Tom Waits and Bette Midler, I Never talk to Strangers.
posted by altolinguistic at 12:22 PM on July 28, 2018

Phil Collins and Phil Bailey doing Easy Lover

Stevie Winwood and Chaka Khan had a blast doing "Higher Love," but I can't find a good video.
posted by evilmonk at 12:41 PM on July 28, 2018

Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Dropkick Murphys blew everyone away with shipping up to boston
posted by evilmonk at 12:44 PM on July 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton perform Jolene live. Miley Cyrus really is a hell of a singer.

Also if you've never seen this gem start at 2:26. I had no idea Christina Applegate could sing and of course anything with Kristin Chenoweth is fantastic, including her "cooking" youtube videos. The woman is a national treasure.
posted by fshgrl at 6:24 PM on July 28, 2018 [3 favorites]

Also: Bap Kennedy and Steve Earle likely recorded this version of Dirty Old Town pretty loose. It's always fun to hear trad and Americana/ country musicians cross over and this is part of a great album together with several less drunken sounding duets on it.
posted by fshgrl at 6:31 PM on July 28, 2018

Dolly Parton and Norah Jones Creepin’ In

The video is good, but the fun really comes through on the album version.
posted by Talia Devane at 7:30 PM on July 28, 2018

There is a fabulous Dolly Parton and Chet Atkins "do I ever cross your mind" where she giggles the whole way through. Not finding right now.
posted by Cocodrillo at 8:30 PM on July 28, 2018

Barenaked Ladies' Bathroom Sessions- just Ed and Steve goofing around with a guitar in the bathroom because the acoustics are nice.

Actors Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve"

Ricky Gervais sings a lullabye to Elmo on Sesame Street
posted by pseudostrabismus at 10:52 PM on July 28, 2018

More Chet Atkins, this time with Mark Knopfler - There'll Be Some Changes Made
Not just in the singing but in the guitar interplay and the gentle verbal digs between two legends who have great mutual respect and truly enjoy each other's company.
posted by hangashore at 7:54 AM on July 29, 2018

Barenaked Ladies - If I Had $1000000

Dire Straits with Sting - Money for Nothing. Sounds earnest but clearly tongue in cheek. Pardon the non-PC line(s). Just relistened and heard for the first time Knopfler cracking up on the "Banging on the bongos like a chimpanzee" line.
posted by raider at 11:31 AM on July 29, 2018

Swooping in with a YouTube link for Cocodrillo's pick (which I came to suggest too, so am happy to contribute):
“Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” Dolly Parton + Chet Atkins.
(Also on Spotify.)
The delightful asides start around 0:50.
posted by D.Billy at 2:21 PM on July 30, 2018

Some great duets in the movie... wait, "Duets".
Check it out. Lots of fun.
posted by Rad_Boy at 7:03 PM on July 31, 2018

Daddy Lessons x Beyonce & The Dixie Chicks

(Good job, B!)
posted by rubster at 7:29 PM on July 31, 2018

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