Which two bands/musicians should mate to produce musical perfection?
Hard question! So many ‘couples’ to theoretically mate for musical perfection. But for my personal taste, it would have to be the best of both worlds- Jerry Garcia and Joan Jett. The sound would blend rock, punk, folk and experimental jams. Yes, the offspring of these musicians could cause a clashing sound, but I am so curious about what that sound would be. From Jerry Garcia, I would like his phenomenal guitar playing and talented songwriting skills to carry over and from Joan Jett, it would be her attitude and raw vocals with punk influences shining through. In case you were wondering, I’m hoping for a male offspring.
I would like Cake and Duran Duran to musically mate and produce a sound like no other. I’ve always loved the funky rhythms and bass lines of Duran Duran and the way in which almost every song is somehow pure sex. Cake can be funky, but has never had that sexual undertone. I love the crazy, lyrical concoctions of Cake much more than the ambiguous, sometimes confusing lyrics of Duran Duran. Both bands have horn sections which should stay, but lean more toward the Duran Duran saxophone than the Cake trumpets. The music should be more toward Duran Duran’s electronic sound yet still have tons if vibraslap.
Two musicians who should mate to produce musical perfection are Ana Vidovic and I. From her site’s biography: “Ana Vidovic comes from the small town of Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia, and started playing guitar at the age of 5, and by 7 had given her first public performance…Ana’s reputation in Europe led to an invitation to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory where she graduated in 2005…[Since,] Ms. Vidovic has given over one thousand public performances…[and] has won an impressive number of prizes and international competitions.” Not only is Ms. Vidovic one of the greatest living classical guitarists, but she is also really, really hot. I have played guitar for a few years and don’t want kids. If we were to produce a child, it’d be average looking, and of average intelligence and musical prowess. However, together, between her touring and financing my new life of luxury/laziness, many times each day, Ana and I would create music to make doves cry.
Ok, not for nothing, but watching Davey Havok of AFI run on stage and take over lyrics on Green Day’s “Holden Caulfield” was a pretty fucking sweet musical moment I got to witness as a fan. Otherwise, this question is really hard for me to answer. Honestly, I think Daniel Johns of Silverchair in all his underestimated and overlooked talent would be a fantastic pairing with someone like the Dresden Dolls. I like the wild mash-up concept of the artistic meeting the punk and cabaret. I’ll probably think of something awesome later and smack myself in the forehead.
If the Gods of Rock were good and just, I’d love to see the musical offspring from the combining of the original line-up of Alice in Chains and early Stone Temple Pilots. A mainstay of the Seattle sound combined with the Led Zepplin-esque repertoire of STP would serve to redefine Rock in terms that just might transcend the poppy no-man’s land that music has become.