BEST perfunctory superstar collab of the early 80s - 'Ebony & Ivory' vs 'Say Say Say' vs 'Just Good Friends' vs 'The Girl Is Mine'

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Defintely the best option in this poll!

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Monday, 18 May 2020 21:46 (one month ago) link

I feel like Baby Grand by Billy Joel feat. Ray Charles warrants inclusion even though no one really remembers it and it was 1986.

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Monday, 18 May 2020 21:57 (one month ago) link

i didn't realize stevie was on "just good friends" for years lol, he sounds so indistinctive on it

i'm actually going to vote for "the girl is mine" which is... idk, not great but certainly better than people make it out to be. ppl underrate it just b/c it's the least-classic hit from an iconic run of them

dyl, Monday, 18 May 2020 23:14 (one month ago) link

there's also "get it"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKdQPDZ63DA

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 18 May 2020 23:16 (one month ago) link

“Say Say Say” and it’s not even close.

Mr. Snrub, Monday, 18 May 2020 23:17 (one month ago) link

ah yes i always forget about "get it"

dyl, Monday, 18 May 2020 23:23 (one month ago) link

"Say Say Say" is so good.

Bougy! Bougie! Bougé! (Eliza D.), Monday, 18 May 2020 23:30 (one month ago) link

I accidentally listen to get it because I like the song before it on the album - "skeletons", a real jam.

COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Monday, 18 May 2020 23:42 (one month ago) link

Imagine the perfunctory John Lennon/Stevie Wonder collaborations there would have been had John lived.


Or a Lennon/Prince collab as a reaction to McCartney/MJ ! Actually I could imagine a featuring from Lennon on « Let’s Go Crazy » or «  Paisley Park » for instance.

As for these options, yeah « Say Say Say » is very good. It would have been so much better than « TGIM » on Thriller. G. Martin did a great funky production job. It almost sounds like Q. Jones !
« What’s That You’re Doing » is another good funky production from G. Martin (and another better collab).

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 03:46 (one month ago) link

Say

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 03:50 (one month ago) link

i like "say say say" when i hear it but hardly remember anything about it until the next time it comes around

dyl, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 05:52 (one month ago) link

Re : "Just Good Friends", it's obviously a very "light" song but I've always liked it. Maybe because it's basically the only moment with some joy on Bad and to me, the best MJ songs radiate joy (with some exceptions).

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 10:20 (one month ago) link

The Way You Make Me Feel is pretty joyful

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 11:09 (one month ago) link

Yes, that would be the other one (and also a better song than "JGF").

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 11:17 (one month ago) link

"State of Shock" is mia in this (mostly miserable) mix. Weird Al even covered it in (iirc) one of his polka medleys.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 16:55 (one month ago) link

If we're including 'State of Shock' we could also have 'Dancing In The Street' and 'Under Pressure'.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 17:00 (one month ago) link

Voting Just Good Friends. Not amazing but Say Say Say is the only other one i like but Paul doesn't fit on it

I am a free. I am not man. A number. (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 17:05 (one month ago) link

You know what I never knew existed until a few months ago?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAnVRbF2dUw

This is some sophisticated schlock (from 1979).

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 17:06 (one month ago) link

(That's MJ on backing vocals, plus Richard Page, later of Mr. Mister!)

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 17:06 (one month ago) link

"Say Say Say" has a super-sleek production -- I thought for years Q had produced it.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 22 May 2020 01:44 (one month ago) link

Imagine the perfunctory John Lennon/Stevie Wonder collaborations there would have been had John lived.

― Guayaquil (eephus!),

Lennon was producing Harry Nilsson's latest album, Pussy Cats, when Paul and Linda McCartney dropped in after the first night of the sessions, aka "the Jim Keltner Fan Club Hour", at Burbank Studios on 28 March 1974. They were joined by Stevie Wonder, Harry Nilsson, Jesse Ed Davis, May Pang, Bobby Keys and producer Ed Freeman for an impromptu jam session.

Lennon was in his "lost weekend", separated from Yoko Ono and living in Los Angeles with Pang. Although he and McCartney hadn't seen each other in three years and had lashed out at each other in the press, according to Pang they resumed their friendship as if nothing had happened. The jam session proved not very productive musically. Lennon sounds to be on cocaine and is heard offering Wonder a snort on the first track, and on the fifth, asks someone to give him a snort. This is also the origin of the album title, where John Lennon clearly asks: "You wanna snort, Steve? A toot? It's goin' round". In addition, Lennon seems to be having trouble with his microphone and headphones.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 22 May 2020 01:45 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 24 May 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 25 May 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link


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