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Here’s a few facts that will surprise absolutely no one. The Yankees, Astros, and Dodgers are all really good baseball teams this year, and it would be a shock if one of them didn’t win the World Series. Rock and metal? Some killer records this year all across the spectrum. Panic! At The Disco? Still extremely popular. Okay, so some of these are up for individual opinion, but whatever.
Anyway, Brendon Urie has really conquered the new streaming generation. “High Hopes” is one of the most-played songs on radio in history, and certainly within the spectrum of the 2010’s. While Pray For The Wicked (at least in our irrelevant opinion) wasn’t necessarily Panic’s best work, it certainly burst Urie through the roof as far as mainstream popularity. And now he’s got another accolade to celebrate, too.
Brendon Urie (photo by Ron Elkman, USA Today)
It’s no secret that Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie wants to conquer the metal world – or at least branch out a bit in the process. He has guested on Every Time I Die’s “It Remembers” a couple years back, and Urie has even said it himself. So, is this going to happen or not?
Since the beginning of recorded history, music has lent itself extraordinarily well to collaborative efforts, especially in the realm of singing. You know the ones – David Bowie and Freddy Mercury on “Under Pressure”, Maynard James Keenan and Chino Moreno on “Passenger”, or for a slightly different example, Faith No More’s Mike Patton fronting Dillinger Escape Plan on their EP, Irony Is A Dead Scene. Needless to say, there are plenty of opportunities for bands and musicians of disparate genres (or even similar ones) to create something great together.
Let’s imagine, for a minute, a world where these collaborations happened more often. With modern technology, it’s a lot easier to do than it was, say, 30 years ago. Much of alternative music could make cross-genre pollinating a real force for unity, and in a world where many scenes continue to segregate themselves, the possibilities are simply endless.
Without further ado, here’s ten musical collaborations we’d absolutely love to see happen. Some are a bit outlandish (Brendon Urie and…who?!) while for others, it’s a bit shocking they haven’t happened yet (Alcest and Emma Ruth Rundle). Enjoy our irrelevant and possibly silly (just kidding) musical analysis below.
Panic! At The Disco mastermind Brendon Urie is more or less on top of the music world at this point, given that “High Hopes” – his biggest hit to date on the charts – is more or less inescapable almost anywhere you go. Given that he’s already worked with some massive talent in the recent past, would anyone really be surprised if Brendon worked with, say, Green Day?