Predictions for Two Collaborations We Didn't See Coming: Thom Yorke and Flea, Lil Wayne and Weezer

September 29, 2009  |  1:00pm
As reported last week, Stone Roses ex-frontman Ian Brown wants to work with pop princess Rihanna. It's a pretty cool, if unexpected, match. Not to be outdone, however, this week has brought to light some new and interesting upcoming collaborations.

1. Thom Yorke and Flea: Yorke has been known to brood. He's been known to croon, as well, to whisper and even yowl. But he's never really been one for, you know, slappin' da bass. But now it looks like the Radiohead frontman might be adding just that to his repetoire. On Radiohead's Dead Air Space blog this morning, Yorke revealed the lineup of his new band, with which he'll be playing his solo Eraser material and presumably moving forward with new music. The band's low end will be handled by none other than Flea, of Red Hot Chili Peppers sock-on-junk funk fame. Yorke further said, "We don't really have a name and the set will not be very long cuz ..well ...we haven't got that much material yet!" The unnamed band, which also includes Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco, will debut Oct. 4 and 5 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.
 
Paste Prediction: As much as Flea brings da funk to his Rock Hall-nominated Chili Peppers, he's underrated for his ability to work his way into different musical settings (see: work with Mars Volta, Alanis Morissette). Throwing some experienced basslines into Yorke's electronic-threaded Eraser songs could jolt those textured tunes, but more than that, we'd love to hear new music from the two. Forget the radio-friendly nature of Flea's output in the last, oh, 20 years. He can still get weird and wild, and that's what we predict he will do with Yorke.

2. Weezer and Lil Wayne, Jermaine Dupri: The ever-unfolding saga of Weezer's next album continues to get weirder. First, that recently released song "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" is a goofball power-pop blast. Fun stuff. Meanwhile, the title is Raditude and there's a pretty incredible flying dog on the cover. And now there's this: Rivers Cuomo, in an interview with MTV News, revealed that Jermaine Dupri will produce a Raditude track, and that Lil Wayne will lend a verse.

The song is called "Can't Stop Partying," and here's what Cuomo had to say about Mr. W. F. Baby: "Any other rapper would've just done, 'Yay, we're partying! Let's drink and have fun,' but he gave it the edge I was looking for. You can hear in his voice, it sounds so dark, like he was gonna get shot or something when he walks out of the studio."

Paste Prediction: This one's got us a bit worried about each respective Weez. Cuomo and Co. have been tarnishing their reputation for a good six years now, and let's not pretend that we have especially high hopes for Wayne's rock album, Rebirth. This collaboration could be an unintentional watermark in the decline of two once-wonderful careers. Fingers crossed that they can pull it off. 

Related links:
News: Will Weezer's New Song Save the Self-Damning Band?
News: Thom Yorke to Release Two New Singles This Month
News: Lil Wayne Works on Rock Album, Horror Movie


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