Johnny Depp Joins Rockers for Haiti Benefit Single

Sean Michaels (The Guardian) reports that The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan flew from his home in Ireland to begin recording a cover of “I Put a Spell on You” in London this week with friends Nick Cave, Johnny Depp, and Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie. The single is meant to raise money for the Haiti earthquake relief. Michaels explains that, although Depp might seem an unlikely collaborator for Cave and Gillespie, the actor has plenty of experience as a musician—first with his high-school band Kids and more recently with Babybird. For “I Put a Spell on You,” Depp will be joined by his partner, the singer and actress Vanessa Paradis. Photographer Danny Clifford will be taking photos of the recording sessions.

“I Put a Spell on You” was one of rock’n’roll’s early hits, released by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956. It has since been covered by dozens of artists including Credence Clearwater Revival, Nina Simone, and Cave’s band the Birthday Party.

For full article, see http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/jan/28/shane-macgowan-nick-cave

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