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