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David Bowie and Mick Jagger. Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Boy George and … Jack Black?
OK, so maybe no one saw that last one coming, but thanks to Monday's episode of "Conan," the Culture Club front man teamed up with one half of Tenacious D for a quirky take on the Doors' 1968 hit "Hello, I Love You."
The supposedly spontaneous collaboration stemmed from host Conan O'Brien's question about Boy George's musical influences. The British singer replied, "I never really got past the '70s, you know — sort of [Rolling] Stones, Beatles, the Doors, Bowie, punk rock, Siouxsie and the Banshees — you know, that's where I go back to."
When O'Brien claimed he didn't hear a Doors influence in Boy George's music, Black — who was sitting nearby as a previously interviewed guest — piped up. "What's wrong with the Doors? The Doors are rad," Black interjected. "I love the Doors. Jim Morrison had the best yell."
Added George, "And he was beautiful, too."
Picking up on his guests' shared appreciation, O'Brien asked, "If you both love the Doors so much, why don't you both sing a Doors song?" As the studio audience cheered, the singers obliged.
With Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band providing accompaniment, the duo got an additional boost from Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, who — what a coincidence! — just happened to be on the "Conan" set at the time.
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