That Salwarpe is a scallywag!
Yesterday his Dua Lipa thread morphed into a reboot of the final scene of John Carpenter’s The Thing. He and I were the only two contributors left. And as we stared at each other by the light of the fire, the icy winds began to kick in.
To pass the time, he asked me to watch two clips of modern duets performed by two female artists and then tell him which I preferred and why. So what did I get? Masseduction/One Kiss by Dua Lipa and St Vincent and then Gone by Christine (of Christine and the Queens) and Charlie XCX.
I enjoyed both tracks. All four ladies are both very talented and rather charismatic and good looking.
They are having a lot of fun and flirting with the audience and each other like mad. Being very diligent, I had to Tigger Test both tracks and watch them six times. Scooorchio!! It was rather like watching a series of sultry underwear ads by that secretive lass, Victoria. (I of course have never watched any of these ads. I am just imagining what they might be like.)
This was all followed by a long dip in a very icy lake.
Anyway, the whole experience got me thinking. Is this joyous Sapphic sauciness some kind of template for duets in the 2020s? And what were the stand-out duets that characterised previous decades?
Is there a template for a jazz duet, a techno duet, a murder ballad, an opera duet etc?
I was thinking that a folk duet would be lots of fair milkmaids and hey nonny nong. Then I relistened to Kate Rusby and Kathryn Roberts’s superb Recruited Collier and realised how wrong I was.
Your favourite duets please, ancient and modern. All musical genres welcome. And there’s no dress code.
Who will it be?
A few suggestions…
Sunny and Cher. Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield .Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra. Nancy and her dad. Nancy and Mozza. Womack and Womack. Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Wiiliams. Pino Daniele and Gloria Harry Belafonte and Odetta.Nick and Kylie. Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen Ozzy Ozbourne and Kim Basinger. Bonny “Prince Billie” and Angel Olson. Cliff and Van. Elvi and Ann-Sofie Von Otter.