Win Nick’s Voucher


A question.

With lockdown extended, how best to pass the time?

With a competition to win a glittering €25 Golden Discs voucher is how!

To enter, simply tell me below what is your favourite duet.

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my wooden chair.

Lines close at 6am.

Nick says: Good luck.

Please include video links if possible.

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121 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Voucher

    1. eamonn

      Love that tune Cian, it is so evocative, visceral + raw.
      It would have been on my list if you hadn’t got there first

    2. Andrew

      I much prefer the original version with Caít O’Ríordán. Each to their own.

      1. Slightly Bemused

        Sorry, got distracted making dinner, and it would have made the Swedish Chef proud :)

    1. Slightly Bemused

      I remember that performance – one of the few times I watched the Late Late Show. It was fun watching how they all played off each other, and I think it is the only time I saw Ronnie in a suit! :)

      Great selection!

  1. Niall

    Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue: Where the Wild Roses Grow.

    Beauty & the Beast set to music, 2 beautiful people with beautiful voices.
    Inspired by the Appalachian murder ballad “Down in the Willow Garden”.
    Incidentally the first public performance of this song took place in Cork in 1995.

    1. Slightly Bemused

      I never warmed to that song! It is my pleasure to know Glen, but this song just never did anything for me.
      Side note, if you see footage of him on the red carpet at the Oscars and he takes his phone out of his pocket, that was my friend Ger texting him that he was on the telly. We were in Messrs Maguire (when it was still such) at the time :-D

  2. Liam Deliverance

    The great Dolly Parton and the late, great Kenny Rogers, Islands in the Stream.

    Recorded in 1983, this song sees two country superstars, at the top of their game, unite to record this wonderful Bee Gee’s penned song. There is a chemistry here that makes this duet work which is in no small part due to the fact that they are good friends. Islands in the Stream, a song about two lovers who commit to each other regardless of the swirling and chaotic waters of life around them.

    “I can’t live without you
    If the love was gone
    Everything is nothing
    If you got no one
    And you just walk in the night
    Slowly losing sight of the real thing”

  3. Mr. P

    Tom Petty with Stevie Nicks.
    It is not however the Tom/Stevie I am submitting, it is what can only be described as a duet with the audience.
    It is without doubt the best example of artist-audience working together.
    Not your standard “Now you sing it/ Say my name” nonsense, Tom really does duet, in fact he is bringing backing vocals to their performance.
    A masterclass in how to bring the audience into the performance:

  4. Rosette of Sirius

    There’s some fantastic ones out there – from the obscure to the comical (Dancing in the Street for example)

    I’m suggesting the classic from Elton and Kiki Dee – An immensely catchy tune, up tempo and very much of its time.

    “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”

    1. Rosette of Sirius

      Sorry for double entry…. browser crapped out during edit and am on the naughty step for some reason or another…. Under Pressure is my duet of choice…

  5. V-19

    If this Lockdown has achieved anything it has achieved this

    Jimmy Smyth and Karrie O’Sullivan
    You saw them listen back to their first take here on Wednesday

    This duet is no mistake or coincidence btw; Jimmy produced Karrie’s last three singles;

    but this working partnership found its perfect moment when they combined like this
    and created the most coveted synergy of 1+1 = 3

    Very few things collide together as beautifully as this duet

    And I can honestly say I can’t wait to hear more
    enjoy it again folks

    have a good one, xV everyone

    1. Slightly Bemused

      I saw a better version of this video before (trying to find it – will post if I do) and I think the look Nancy gives Frank when he does his dad dancing is hilarious :)

  6. SOQ

    I like this because silly woman Grace Jones got laughed at when she arrived on stage to sing with Pavarotti- in her usual expressive appearance. Grace has a two-and-a-half octaves vocal range and can hold her own with any singer.

    Grace Jones & Luciano Pavarotti

      1. Clampers Outside

        First time I saw Grace Jones was when she did the opening night in the then Hot Press venue HQ… Now, The Academy.
        I was early, and headed up the aisle to sit in a front row seat. I onked my butt down for a second, when my mate said, “nah, hang back a few rows”.
        A few songs in to the set, Grace came down and sat on the knee of the bloke in the seat I’d sat so briefly in, throwing her arms around him as she sang Pull Up To The Bumper.
        To say I gave my mate a filthy look would be an understatement :0)

  7. Clampers Outside

    You know when a song comes along and you’re in the middle of something and you just stop… 

    and pause… 

    and listen… 

    and drift with the song until it is over… 

    The last song to do that for me is the recent Irish duet from Mick Flannery and the stunningly, wonderfully husky voiced Susan O’Neil, or ‘SON’, on the sumptuous track ‘Baby Talk’.

    Truth be told, I’m not even a fan of Mick Flannery’s stuff, but am besotted by Susan’s after seeing her in a small tent doing her solo stuff at EP a few years back (she also sings with King Kong Company and Propeller Palms). 

    But I’d pay to see a Mick Flannery gig if I knew she’d be there for this one song :) 

    They are a fabulous pairing on this. 

    Baby Talk – 

    [Verse 1: SON]
    I feel the tide turning
    I face my body to the sea
    I really like the yearning
    In your heart that’s not for me
    Real isn’t a feeling, baby
    Nearer than to thee

    [Verse 2: SON]
    Don’t do that baby voice
    You ought to say it like a man
    I need to hear it, boy
    The way you tell it to a friend
    Sure I’m feeling shy but
    But at least I understand

    [Pre-Chorus: SON]
    How heavy the wind blows back to you again
    No matter how close, it never goes

    [Chorus: SON]
    My baby take on his devil
    My baby don’t sulk and sigh
    My baby don’t run from trouble
    My baby don’t wonder why

    [Verse 3: Mick Flannery]
    Write a story for me
    In your mind and let it run
    Lies and tides turning
    Until the both of us are done
    With gods in the darkness, baby
    Just before the dawn

    [Verse 4: Mick Flannery]
    Don’t do that baby voice
    That’s pretty rich of you to say
    When you have been the one who’s
    Busy hiding you away
    And if real isn’t a feeling, baby
    No one is a fake

    [Pre-Chorus: Mick Flannery]
    How heavy the wind blows back to you again
    No matter how close, it never goes

    [Chorus: Mick Flannery & SON]
    My baby take on his devil
    My baby don’t sulk and sigh
    My baby don’t run from trouble
    My baby don’t wonder why

    [Pre-Chorus: Mick Flannery & SON]
    How heavy the wind blows back to you again
    No matter how close, it never goes

    [Chorus: Mick Flannery & SON]
    My baby take on his devil
    My baby don’t sulk and sigh
    My baby don’t run from trouble
    My baby don’t wonder why

  8. Clampers Outside

    I’m going to have another go :)
    Another great pairing was Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and not just for one song but a whole album, ‘Raising Sand’ in 2007….

    But what song to pick :)
    I narrowed it to the lively fun of Gone Gone Gone and Please Read The Letter… and on a listen just now, I’m going with Please Read The Letter. 
    I’d forgotten how easily it touches me as it lifts the tempo into that first chorus… 
    No, no…
    I didn’t nearly cry, there was something in me eye :0p’

  9. Slightly Bemused

    On another note, it seems Lola or American Pie is up for round two. Any suggestions?

  10. Con Kennedy

    Slow Train to Dawn (TheThe) with Matt Johnson and Neenah Cherry. Massively underrated duet

    1. eamonn

      Con, great call, infected still stands up and shouts. that is a big tune, i con cur

    2. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

      Did you go to see him in the Iveagh gardens Con? Great gig.

  11. Kingfisher

    Jussi Björling and Robert Merrill with that feast of male mateyness that is the duet from The Pearl Fishers

    Yes, it is she, the goddess,
    who comes to unite us this day.
    And, faithful to my promise,
    I wish to cherish you like a brother!
    It is she, the goddess,
    who comes to unite us this day!
    Yes, let us share the same fate,
    let us be united until death!

    Never was bromance so lushly and romantically paened.

      1. SOQ

        Bodger- maybe you would think of running a comp on uplifting or positive songs?

        What is your goto ‘cheer me up’ type thing- just an idea but we all could do with a bit of a lift right now eh?

        Share a few favourites etc.

  12. V

    On paper a most unlikely pair
    Maybe impossible
    Dua Lipa & Antonio Bocelli

    Introduced to me by the teenager

    Dedicated to all the other
    Unlikely yet – maybes
    Still out there

    And like watching this clip, what have ye to loose

  13. V

    The most consistent
    And yet unregarded body of duets – if the above is anything to go by anyway
    Belongs to The Muppets and Sesame Street
    I won’t list them all, but some lad has actually gone to the trouble and put them under this YouTube link

    There’s the obvious, that are as everyday now as Peters n’ Lee, Caballé & Mercury and Begley & Lynam

    But two not so, possibly
    Anyone my age will know John Denver’s Garden Song word for word, and recall how it is we all know it so well and so fondly, so enjoy
    Also, if you like the oddball quirk, and are easily entertained with simplicity, and see the genius in comedic timing, scroll down to George Burns

    If that’s not yere another long weekend in lockdownsorted
    Then ye deserve to stay miserable

  14. eamonn

    I am unsure if this would be classed as a duet, however here it is. I am in no doubt as to the bigness of the tune though. – it is very big indeed i feel.
    Horace Andy with Massive Attack
    Hymn of the big wheel

    1. Slightly Bemused

      It never did anything for me. Maybe I have a thing against Oscar winning songs?

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