They might've been at the helm of production for some of all-time classic rock and metal albums, but these guys seem to have interests outside of the guitar-driven domain, resulting in occasional unexpected production stints. Check out our seven picks of seven most unexpected works by legendary rock and metal producers.
Rick Rubin (Slayer, Linkin Park, SOAD, Metallica, Slipknot, Black Sabbath) Produced Kanye West and Eminem
Commonly dubbed the greatest producer of all time, Rick Rubin had the opportunity to work with such metal titans as Metallica, Slayer and Black Sabbath, producing a stunning amount of classic efforts. However, Rick also has a rap side, resulting in his work with almost an equal amount of classic hip-hop artists. These include Kanye West, Eminem, LL Cool J, Run DMC and more.
Ross Robinson (Korn, Machine Head, Sepultura, Slipknot) Produced Vanilla Ice
Korn's 1994 self-titled debut, Sepultura's "Roots," Soulfly's self-titled debut, Slipknot self-titled debut, The Cure's self-titled album - that's a lot of self-titled efforts under Ross Robinson's belt, but also a lot of ground-breaking stuff, earning Ross a spot among the creme de la creme of the production world. One album sticks out though - "Hard to Swallow" by none-other than Vanilla Ice.
Bob Rock (Metallica, Motley Crue, The Offspring) Produced Nelly Furtado
Bob Rock will likely always be known as the producer of Metallica's "Black Album." He was also at the helm of production with Motley Crue, The Offspring, Bon Jovi, The Cult, Aerosmith and - Nelly Furtado.
Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Yngwie Malmsteen) Produced Tom Jones
Known as a versatile producer, Chris Tsangarides delivered top-notch performance in every domain he delved into, including metal, rock, pop and even electronica. Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Yngwie Malmsteen and Gary Moore all successfully worked with Chris, but so did Depeche Mode and Tom Jones.
Mutt Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard, Nickelback) Produced Shania Twain and Lady Gaga
Once again showing great versatility and professionalism, Mutt Lange had no problem with working with the likes of AC/DC, Def Leppard and Nickelback on one hand, and then producing or even writing for such acts as Shania Twain, Lady Gaga and Maroon 5.
Butch Vig (Nirvana, Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins) Produced House of Pain
The producer of Nirvana's "Nevermind" didn't mind delving into the rap domain a bit, resulting in an interesting collaboration with House of Pain.
Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, KISS, Alice Cooper) Worked With Taylor Swift
Finally, Bob Ezrin, the man who produced Pink Floyd's "The Wall," KISS' "Destroyer" and Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare" among the plethora of other classic efforts, also worked with modern country singer Taylor Swift.
Got some other unexpected production stints to share? Do it in the comments. Also, back to the big question - should rock/metal producers stick only to rock and metal?