Fairly Odd Pairings: Albums that haven’t been made, but should.

Through the years, we’ve seen interesting musical pairings: from the famous Frank Sinatra Duets, to the acclaimed Punk Goes Pop collection. I’m sure that a thorough google search and some crowd sourcing via twitter and FB would pull up some even more outlandish examples, but these were the most popular.
From the obvious to the absurd, below is a short list of some musical pairings that I would love to see come to fruition.

Elvis does Elvis: Costello covers the king.

Seeing as how the stage name of Declan MacManus, AKA Elvis Costello, is partially derived from the namesake of the king himself, Elvis Presley, Wouldn’t it be great to see a kingly covers collection interpreted by one of the greats who brought us Veronica

and “What’s So Funny about Piece, Love, and Understanding”

I’m sure there’s live footage all over youtube of him covering Presley songs here and there, but how about a whole studio album?

Hammond Cheese

The Hammond Organ has been around since the 30’s and can be heard on countless albums from Abba to ZZ Top.
One of the most intriguing uses of the Hammond, especially the B and C3 models, can be heard in the Jazz music of Jimmy Smith.

But could you imagine someone like Jimmy covering this?

Or this?

And even this?

Even though this collection of Hammond Cheesiness wouldn’t end up in the Annals of jazz history along side A Love supreme or Kind Of Blue, It sure as hell would make for some humorous background music and Point of purchase product in a tourist trap gift shop somewhere.

The Mos Eisley Brothers

Every Star Wars fan knows the famous background music from the Mos Eisley Cantina seen in “Star Wars IV, A New Hope.”

But did you know that in Star Wars lore, that band had an actual name and backstory? They were called Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, and they were quite popular throughout the galaxy before their movie making debut.
But what if they did swinging steel pan/sax/synth bass covers of Isley Brother tunes like this?

Or this one?

Or, even this one?

Maybe this has already happened long long ago in a galaxy far far away.

Thanks so much for indulging my weird imagination. If you have any fun pairings you’d like to add, hit me up in the comments.

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