Of all the weird shit the Flaming Lips have done in their 31-year-long career, teaming up with Miley Cyrus to cover 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' for a Beatles tribute album ranks pretty highly. But the music industry needs a little weirdness from time to time, and we have a few of our own suggestions for some McBusted style team-ups that we'd like to see happen. Good idea, or not.


1. Half Boy Half Biscuit

I propose a merger of two bands with a magnificent line in extreme song titles. 'Champagne for My Real Friends, Real Pain for My Sham Friends', 'Took Problem Chimp to Ideal Home Show', 'Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes', 'The Light at the End of the Tunnel (Is the Light of an Oncoming Train)' - it's already virtually impossible to tell where Fall Out Boy ends and Half Man Half Biscuit begins.

I'm sure Patrick Stump would have no problem giving up vocal duties to Nigel Blackwell for a Scouse rendition of 'Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued'. And are you honestly telling me you wouldn't pay good money to hear Fall Out Boy's version of 'Improv Workshop Mimeshow Gobshite'? - Chris Lockie


2. Mozzalia Cranks

Morrissey and Azealia Banks. It'd be like a battle of the smackdowns, both vying for total domination and linguistic dominance through cranky wit, snappy brutishness and disdain for anyone but themselves. Ego vs. Ego. It'd be a remix of 'Bigmouth Strikes Again', with Morrissey providing dulcet biting-croons and visceral putdowns by the bucketload, with Banks unloading retort after retort into his saggy mug; it wouldn't be glamorous, or necessarily good, but it'd be fantastic fun to watch two of the most outspoken, blaring car-horn loudmouths verbally spar over jangly '80s guitars.

Morrissey would win, slicing a vibrato insult into her windpipe, Banks tripping over her half-formed asininity as she struggles to maintain composure at the fade-out. It would culminate with Banks storming out during the recording, the final sound being the actual sound of Morrissey's smug, gawping cakehole echoing ad nauseum. - Larry Day


3. Tyler, The Belieber

What if Tyler, The Creator's recent arrest at SXSW was to spark a collaboration with the DUI drag racing Justin Bieber? I predict the usual dark rhymes of an Odd Future rap verse crudely mixed in with smooth auto-tuned pop vocals - heavily themed on their experiences behind bars. This isn't so much a collaboration I'd like to see, rather it's a nightmare scenario I fear on a biblical level - but perhaps Bieber's recent collaboration with Chance the Rapper was merely the first sign of a hip-hop apocalypse? - Jimmy Chadda


4. Deafheaven Is a Halfpipe

A lot of people hear a lot of things in Deafheaven's devastating death metal/shoegaze soundscape, Beauty, anguish, transcendence, but sadly, not the dumb 2000 classic 'Heaven Is a Halfpipe' from the oft forgot alleged-Hip Hop group OPM. I think Deafheaven could learn a lot from OPM, those guys need to loosen up. What's with all the shouting? Don't they know heaven is a DJ spinning dub all night long, and Jesus will be packing their bongs? They need to stop pondering morality and bust out some gnarly kick flips instead. - Peter Hinson


5. Sound of The Police

KRS One and Sting thrash out their difficulties in the Ska/Hip-Hop battle to end all Ska/Hip-Hop battles. - Kieran Devlin