15 February 2013


Just in time for (the day after) Valentine's Day, here are Preston Black's Top Nine Duets!

#9 'Islands in the Stream' Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

From The Devil and Preston Black: My brother and me were pretty much forced to listen to whatever mom played in the car. Mostly country. Kenny and Dolly singing "Islands in the Stream."


#8 'Hunger Strike' Temple Of The Dog (Feat. Chris Cornell & Eddie Vedder)


#7 'Borne on the FM Waves of the Heart' Against Me! and Tegan Quin.


#6 'Fairytale of New York' The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl


 #5 'Wake Up' Arcade Fire and David Bowie


#4 'Rich Woman/Gone, Gone, Gone/Done Moved On' Robert Plant and Alison Krauss


#3 'Safe and Sound' Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars


#2 'Jackson' Johnny Cash and June Carter

From The Revelations of Preston Black: "Jackson" came through the shitty speakers first. I looked at Katy and smiled but she just rolled her eyes. I said, "You're hotter than a pepper sprout, you know that, my love?"

She smiled an acknowledgement. "Haven't heard that one yet."  

#1 'If I Fell' The Beatles

Who'd you think I was going to put at #1? Alice Cooper? Whatevs.

From The Revelations of Preston Black: Ignoring the request, we played them our version of Arcade Fire's "Deep Blue" and finished the night with an abbreviated version of our setlist. Harmonizing with Katy on an a cappella "If I Fell" as an encore was my personal highlight. It was something we always practiced in the car—Katy doing the Paul part and me doing the John part—but never sang in public. The song had become our little secret, our way of telling each other that everything was going to be just fine. And after tonight, a little assurance was all we needed.

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