I must say, I don't think I could have ever imagined what a musical collaboration between operatic rocker Meat Loaf, pimp-cup-wielding rapper Lil Jon, MuzikMafia honcho John Rich, and Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath would sound like. And I'm not sure I even wanted to know. But since these four unlikely friends recently joined forces on "Celebrity Apprentice" (John's now in the finals up against actress Marlee Matlin), this has actually become a reality, thanks to reality TV.
The foursome's song, "Standing In The Storm," is a bit of a stormy mess, unsurprisingly, but surprisingly, it's not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. And it's for a good cause--a full version will soon be downloadable on iTunes, with proceeds going to charity--so I will cut Team Backbone a little slack here.
And I suppose it could have been worse: At least Meat Loaf isn't screaming like this, and at least Gary Busey is not involved.
Listen to a preview of "Standing In The Storm" below:
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