All this week, Rocks Off is previewing Saturday and Sunday's Westheimer Block Party by asking WBP performers to fill out a list from Lisa Nola's Music Listography book we're so fond of. Next up, four-fifths of local electro-tinged post-punks the Watermarks choose their favorite duets. Jessica Brand
My favorite duet, knee-jerk reaction, would have to be PJ Harvey and Thom Yorke singing "This Mess We're In." I love the desperation and the way their voices overlap and tangle like ocean waves. Plus when this came out, I was going through, um, a thing. But I have trouble remembering things about myself, so if you ask me this question tomorrow, I may give you a different answer.
R.E.M. with Patti Smith, "E-Bow The Letter": Everything about this song is amazing. Such a strange song to be a "hit" which is why I love R.E.M. Not to mention Patti Smith is transcendental. I heard that in the late 80's Michael Stipe found out Patti Smith name dropped them in an interview before they knew each other. He described this feeling by saying, "I had boner for a week."
I'm dating myself here, but the song came out around the time I had my first job, and my first car so it always reminds me of the first taste of that new freedom. Anyways, this gets my vote for favorite duet...but Oreos and Lemonade are also a great duet.
Hall and Oates.
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Queen and David Bowie, "Under Pressure": If you ask me The Beatles or The Stones, I'd say Queen. Now, if on top of that you add Bowie in there, then you end up with a kind of magic from outer space, which is really hard to top.
The Watermarks perform at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 15, on the SHFL Stage at Mango's, 403 Westheimer (parking lot).