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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Riffs: Five genre-smashing, superstar-on-superstar interviews we'd like to see

By Allison Stewart

gaga bruceThese two could definitely find some things to talk about.

It wasn't as momentous as the time Edgar Allen Poe met Charles Dickens. And it certainly wasn't as mind-boggling as this. But the recent pairing of alt-country's professional strange person Will Oldham and not-guilty-on-all-counts R&B superstar R. Kelly was still pretty weird.

The two teamed for a recent Q&A for Interview magazine in which they talked about various methods of overseas transportation, and "30 Rock." It got Click Track thinking about other unusual, cross-genre interview match-ups we'd like to see:

1. Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen

They're both from New Jersey. And she loves him. They both seem like strong conversationalists who otherwise couldn't be more different: One appears consumed with the role of artifice in art, the other ... isn't. This is the only pairing on the list that might actually happen, though it's still pretty unlikely.

2. Brandon Flowers and Morrissey

Flowers and the Killers could reasonably be considered the Smiths' musical heirs. To watch the two men discuss '80s Manchester vs. '10s America and the difficulties of launching solo careers would fascinate. If Morrissey was busy for some reason, Robert Smith could easily be substituted here.

(Stevie Nicks, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Bieber in a large plastic man bubble, after the jump.)

3. Stevie Nicks and Christina Aguilera

Somebody needs to talk some sense into Xtina, who seems to be going off the rails musically and professionally. Cher couldn't do it, which might mean that it can't be done. But we'd love to see Stevie give it a try. Drugs? Divorce? Squabbles with Lindsey Buckingham over who's hogging all the cocaine? She's been there, people. And if this infamous interview with Sarah McLachlan is any indication, she's a talker.

4. Michael Stipe and the Arcade Fire's Win Butler

Stipe seems to be one of those famous people who loves all other famous people, so you could put him with pretty much anyone and he'd probably be fine. But there's an argument to be made about the Arcade Fire being the R.E.M. of the Aughties, and we'd love to hear the two men talk about the changing nature of indie rock and the perils of crossover fame.

5. Wayne Coyne and Justin Bieber
The Flaming Lips have stayed around forever not just because they're amazing but because they've diversified: They've never made the same record twice, and, while plainly insane, they're crazy in a different way each time (boombox concertos, terrible movies about space robots, etc.). They could have a talk with Bieber, who seems on his way to a perfectly nice, perfectly unimaginative career, about the long-term benefits of taking risks. While they're at it, maybe they could coax him into taking the stage in one of their inflatable man bubbles. And maybe they could also explain what happens if one has to visit the restroom in one of those things. Because it looks like it would be difficult.

By Allison Stewart  | February 3, 2011; 12:05 PM ET
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Arcade Fire, Bonnie Prince Billy, Brandon Flowers, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Flaming Lips, Justin Bieber, Killers, Lady Gaga, Michael Stipe, Morrissey, R. Kelly, REM, Smiths, Stevie Nicks, Will Oldham, Win Butler  
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perhaps Brian "Marilyn Manson" Warner and Lady Gaga? (I forget her real name). They both wear tons of makup, like outrageous costumes, raw blood....wait a minute.....has anyone seen those two in the same place at the same time?

Posted by: EricS2 | February 3, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Pretty disturbed and insulted to see you compare the Killers favorably to The Smiths. Flowers & Co. are much more indebted to the Boss than Moz.

Posted by: Arsenal2 | February 3, 2011 11:04 PM | Report abuse

The Killers' second disc, yes: It's all Bruce. But the first one definitely took more from the Cure/Smiths, etc. Am I the only one who still likes the Killers...anyone?

Posted by: Allison Stewart | February 4, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

John Darnielle and Amy Grant. Or the flip side, John Darnielle and any metal artist. Hell I'd read a zine just of him interviewing people.

Kanye interviewing Kanye.

Ian MacKaye interviewing Chuck Brown.

Posted by: M__N | February 4, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

The Cure, maybe, but The Smiths? No way... The Smiths were formed in the '80s to combat exactly what The Killers so proudly boasted: Bloated songs full of poorly used synths and beats and devoid of personality or good songwriting.

Posted by: Arsenal2 | February 6, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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