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LISTS: 10 Coolest Couples In Music

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Spring is in the air! Put away those winter coats, because the birds are tweeting, the flowers are blooming, and people are falling in love.

(left: Spring brings out the love bird in all of us!)

Ah yes, if the blue skies and green trees don’t do it for you, I’m sure a little pluck of the guitar strings or a pitch-perfect voice will do the trick. Maybe a buzz of feedback or a 16-bar rhyme stirs your soul?

Music, just like a terminal case of spring fever, is known to bring lovers together. Since we’re on the topic–and since the air is mighty fresh on this morn–now is as good of a time as any to take a look at the 10 Coolest Couples In Music.

Before you start ripping tulips out of the ground because your favorite love duos weren’t represented, let me do some clarification. The following list has a ’90s-’00s bias (which may tick off some Abba and Fleetwood Mac fans), represents couples that are currently in a relationship (that eliminates divorcees, Jack & Meg and Whitney & Bobby, as well as couples with one or both of its members deceased, Johnny & June, Paul & Linda, John & Yoko, Sonny & Cher, Sid & Nancy, and Kurt & Courtney), and only includes musical personalities (sorry David and Chris, Iman and Gwyneth disqualify you). Both of the members of the relationship also have to seem to get along with each other (ruling out–at least for now–Chris & Rihanna):

10. Win Butler & Régine Chassagne (Arcade Fire)
This match made in indie-heaven met at McGill University in Montreal, where Win persuaded Régine to join his band, Arcade Fire. After different line-up changes, there was a point in time when Win and Régine were the only two members left in the group (bad for getting a record deal, but great for romance). Win and Régine were married in 2003, recruited many more musicians over the years (they’d never again face the problem of having too few band-mates), and churned out two critically praised albums, Funeral and Neon Bible, in the ’00s.

9. Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel
Rumor has it that Zooey Deschanel formed the musical act, She & Him, with M. Ward just to make herself eligible for this list. As explained above, if she was just an actress alone, she wouldn’t have been able to join Death Cab For Cutie’s, Ben Gibbard, in this ranking of coolest couples in music. This relationship is so cool, because it gives hope to every stocky, bespectacled, indie-rock nerd out there. Keep in mind though, even if Ben Gibbard had George Clooney-like looks, it wouldn’t mean crap if he wasn’t such a brilliant and sincere songwriter.
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8. Jason Hammel & Kori Gardner (Mates Of State)
If Jason and Kori lived down the street from you, and you knew nothing about their band, you’d assume they were just really nice neighbors. Don’t let their casual business attire and the fact that they’re parents fool you though–Jason and Kori are a husband-and-wife, indie-pop-duo known as Mates Of State. I can guarantee that most of your white-picket-fenced neighbors haven’t toured with Spoon and Death Cab For Cutie, done a nude Peta ad, or played Lollapalooza.

7. Nas & Kelis
Talk about cool! Nas is one of the most respected MCs of the last decade and Kelis has hip-hop/R&B crossover appeal out the wazoo. Talk to her for two minutes and you’ll also discover that she’s one down-to-earth gal who will be an awesome mother–which we’ll find out soon, because her and her hubby are expecting their first child later this summer.

6. Bruce Springsteen & Patty Scialfa (E Street Band)
Is there a better rock and roll fairy tale than this? How many times have we seen the adored rock dude fall for a super model, rather than the cute, girl-next-door band-mate? For a while, Bruce Springsteen was living out this scenario, until he came to his senses and married his redheaded E Street Band sweetheart.

5. Jay-Z & Beyonce
Here’s why Jay-Z and Beyonce’s relationship is so damn cool: If Jay-Z ever wants to get the hottest R&B singer to lay down a hook for a new track, he has to look no further than the other side of his bed. And if Beyonce ever wants to get the hottest MC to lay down a 16-bar rhyme on her latest single, she can do the same. That bed–or at least the people in it–also made a combined $162 million last year.

4. Matt Johnson & Kim Schifino (Matt and Kim)
Matt and Kim (who probably made considerably less than the couple mentioned above) is the name of a couple that doubles as a band. How many relationships–or music groups–can make that claim, huh? The two met in 2004 while attending the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and haven’t left each other’s side since. Band life, which usually causes relationships to fizzle, seems to have done the exact opposite for Matt and Kim, who can’t be seen without a smile on their faces.

3. Gavin Rossdale & Gwen Stefani
You can hate Bush (the band, not the President), you can hate No Doubt, you can even hate the fact that Gwen and No Doubt bassist, Tony Kanal, never rekindled their long-term relationship, but c’mon people, you gotta admit that this is one cool couple. And it’s not like their relationship is based on looks alone either. The couple has been married since 2002, have two children, and have stayed together despite the fact that Gwen found out about Gavin having a child from a previous relationship (apparently Gavin didn’t know either, cause he had to take a paternity test in 2004 to find out).

2. Adam Horovitz and Kathleen Hanna
B-Boy and Riot Grrrl. If they ever have a child, I want to be the first to sign him/her to a record deal–imagine the musical genes in that kid! This may seem like an odd couple to some, since Kathleen (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) is a devout feminist and Adrock’s Beastie Boys once used caged-women as stage props (let’s not even bring up the giant, inflatable penis). However, the Beasties cleaned up their act in the ’90s, and at the end of the decade Adrock and Kathleen became an item. When the couple got married in 2006, Adrock fittingly sported an old-school hip-hop-inspired wedding ring, with Kathleen’s name scripted in block letters.

1. Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)
Does it get any cooler than Thurston and Kim? They were cool in the ’80s and ’90s, and they’re still freakin’ cool today. For anyone who thinks bands and romance can’t mix, let Thurston and Kim be your indie-rock role models. This year marks their silver anniversary as a married couple, and they’ve pretty much seen and done it all–floating like a Forest Gump-feather through the worlds of no wave, noise rock, punk, grunge, alternative, and indie rock. Their daughter Coco can also lay claim to having the coolest set of indie rock parents ever.

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Tony Montana is all about money, power and respect. And while we can’t promise you’ll get money or power by taking our Scarface quiz below, you will get respect if you get a perfect score. One out of three ain’t bad. Click below to take the quiz, and catch Scarface this month on IFC.

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We’ve made it! Memorial Day weekend! But before we can complain that it’s over too quickly, take a moment to bask in the pre-break lack of productivity and enjoy some lighthearted videos.

From Hank Azaria channeling Chief Wiggum and other Simpsons characters while talking to college grads to “Shark-spert” Jason Alexander sharing questionable shark facts, here are five funny things from this week you need to watch.

1. Kermit Informs Fozzie Bear That They’ve Been Canceled

It’s never easy to see someone receive bad news, much less a Muppet. But if anything, Kermit’s poise and acceptance during a time of crisis is impressive, admirable even. Fozzie Bear, on the other hand, reacts with greater similarity to how we would: with baseless anger and utter despair.


2. Jason Alexander Offers Shark “Fin Facts”

Memorial Day weekend means the start of beach season, aka Shark Feeding Season. As part of IFC’s Shark Half-A-Day Memorial Day marathon, “sharks-pert” Jason Alexander offers up some interesting “fin facts” about our sharp-toothed friends from the deep. You can also check out Jason’s beach tips, and catch the Jaws movies with more “fin facts” from Jason this Memorial Day on IFC.


3. Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke Confirms Dothraki Is a Real Language

With eyes still dewy from the climax of this past Sunday’s Game of Thrones (Hold the door!), the Mother of Dragons herself Emilia Clarke dropped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to throw the diehard fans a reason to smile: Yes, Dothraki is a real language. Watch Clarke discuss the phonetics and grammar involved with vying for Westeros rule.


4. Hank Azaria Gives Advice Through Simpsons Characters

Hank Azaria — star of The Simpsons, The Birdcage, and Brockmire, premiering in 2017 on IFC — gave the commencement speech at his alma mater Tufts University. In the hilarious speech, Azaria discusses how he got through college, recounts his early career struggles, and offers up life advice via fan favorite Simpsons characters like Chief Wiggum and Comic Book Guy.


5. X-Men: The Animated Series Gets Honest

Screen Junkies are back this week with another round of Honest Trailers. This entry focuses on the cartoon mutants that comprise X-Men: The Animated Series — an ultra-’90s Marvel property that predates the comic book adaptation boom of the 21st Century. But looking back at the decade of Rob Liefeld and Todd McFarlane, this video finds much to mock.

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With a career spanning five decades, “Weird Al” Yankovic has defined the song parody genre and become a beloved pop culture icon. Starting June 3rd, you’ll be able to catch him as the brand new Comedy Bang! Bang! bandleader Fridays at 11P on IFC.

We recently chatted with Al about joining Scott Aukerman on the new season, his upcoming tour, favorite CB!B! characters and his future dream projects. (Hint: it might involve actors spontaneously breaking into song.)

The Comedy Bang! Bang! bandleader gig seems like a natural fit for you. Did it take any time to get acclimated?

Weird Al: Yeah. It’s a slightly different skill set. The accordion is my main act, but I don’t use it on the show at all. It’s a keyboard setup. The actual setup is a little bit of a combination of what Reggie [Watts] had and [Kid] Cudi had. And a few extra things thrown in. So I’m trying to do my own version of what they brought to the show.

You’ve been on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast and the show many times. Do you have a favorite CB!B! character?

Weird Al: I’d probably have to say Doctor Time. Every time Scott wants me to do an evil character, he’s always got a bad English accent. [Laughs] Any time my character goes evil, he becomes sort of British.

Any favorite guests you’ve worked with?

Weird Al: Gosh, I love them all. Paul F. Tompkins is always fun. His Andrew Lloyd Webber character, Cake Boss, everything he does. And Andy Daly as well. They’re so versatile and so amazing at improv. That’s the one thing I was a little nervous about because I’ve never been super confident with my improv skills. But Comedy Bang! Bang!, particularly the TV version, is good for that because it’s all heavily edited. So it kind of gives me permission to try out whatever comes to my mind, so if it really sucks, they’re not gonna use it. [Laughs]

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Your upcoming tour is a continuation of your Mandatory Fun tour from last year. Any new elements to the show?

Weird Al: Well, it is the same tour, so it’s not that much different. I might freshen some video a little bit. I’m hoping to use a bit or two from the current season of Comedy Bang! Bang! and slip that into the show somewhere.

The tour starts June 3rd in St. Petersburg, Florida and ends September 24th at Radio City Music Hall. How do you keep up the pace? 

Weird Al: It’s just a mindset. I’m really only working for two hours a day, so I basically just save up my energy for the show. I relax, surf online, watch satellite TV, read a book, rest my voice, and then give it all I got when I’m onstage.

Looking back at your vast song catalog, was there ever a parody that came to you immediately upon hearing the song?

Weird Al: Yeah, that’s happened a few times. More often than not, I have to think about it and analytically work out all the variations on a theme that I can and pick out the one with the most potential. But there’s been a few times where the idea came to me spontaneously. I think the first time I saw Michael Jackson’s “Bad” video, before it was even over, I thought, “Oh! I gotta do ‘Fat’! Super-plus-sized actors trying to get through a turnstile on a subway! I gotta do that!”

Do you have a favorite of your many hilarious videos?

Weird Al: Oh boy, it’s hard to say. “White and Nerdy” has been my biggest hit and that was a really fun video to do. But in terms of making a video, “Tacky” was really fun to do because it was so easy and I got to work with amazing people like Jack Black, Margaret Cho, Kristen Schaal, Eric Stonestreet, and Aisha Tyler. And we knocked it out in a couple of hours. We were having so much fun while making it, I kinda wish we weren’t so efficient and professional. [Laughs] I could’ve done that all night.

Was it filmed all in one take or was it stitched together?

Weird Al: That was all one take. Some people say, “Oh, I see where the edit is,” but it was all one shot. We did a total of six takes, and I think four of those takes were usable, but the last one was the best.

And you were directing while performing?

Weird Al: I directed that one, yeah. We location scouted and found a building in downtown LA that I thought was good for the shoot. I’ve since seen that building in a lot of other movies and TV shows — I think it was used in The Big Lebowski and a few others. It was difficult because I start the video in one set of clothes and I also end the video in a completely different set of clothes. So while the cameras were off me, because there’s only one elevator in the building, I had to run down five flights of stairs, quickly change my clothes, and hit my mark for the end. And after the take, we’d all just watch what we did, and say, “OK, let’s do it again.”

Is there a director you’d love to work with in the future?

Weird Al: Oh gosh, yeah, but I mean, music videos are notoriously low-budget so that’s why I end up directing them myself. [Laughs] But I’d love to be in a movie codirected by Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino.

Do you have a particular genre of music that you love parodying the most? Or is it more of the moment and different for each song?

Weird Al: It doesn’t necessarily revolve around personal taste so much. It really depends more on the song than the genre. But I found rap songs tend to lend themselves to parody, mostly because there’s a lot of words to play with. A lot of pop songs are repetitive, and that’s sometimes been an issue. With rap, there’s no shortage of syllables to mess around with.

Given that you’ve been so prolific and done so much, is there any type of art left that you’d like to dip your toe in? Dramatic acting, perhaps?

Weird Al: Well, if Spielberg and Tarantino want me for their film, I wouldn’t want to turn them down. But there’s no burning desire to do drama. I love doing comedy and feel comfortable doing that. Writing a musical might be something I do down the line. I don’t know when but I might take a shot at something in that area. Other than that, I’ve done pretty much all I wanted to do in my life so far. A lot of it not successfully. [Laughs] But I took a stab at it and feel gratified by that.

You’ve had such a eclectic career in music and comedy. What do you attribute your longevity to?

Weird Al: [Laughs] I don’t know what I’d attribute the longevity to. There’s a modicum of talent, but it’s mostly because I surround myself with very talented people. I’ve got a great support group, I’ve got the same band since the early ’80s, and I’ve worked with the same people for decades. And I got a very loyal fan base and I love what I do. And somehow I’ve been very lucky and it’s worked out so far.

Watch “Weird Al” in an episode from the new season of Comedy Bang! Bang! right now, before the season premiere on Friday June 3rd at 11P.

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