Shane MacGowan, best known as singer and songwriter in the band The Pogues, was moved by the devastation we’ve seen in Haiti, as most of us were. Wanting to help, he and his girlfriend Victoria Clarke started putting together a musical collaboration with some well-known and respected names in the industry to raise some money for the cause.
The result is a wonderful cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins‘ “I Put a Spell on You,” which was first recorded in 1956. Joining MacGowan on the collaboration is people like Nick Cave, members of The Sex Pistols, The Pretenders, The Clash, and even the talents of none other than Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland star Johnny Depp.
Musical collaborations seem to be popular when it comes to the tragedy in Haiti: Recently a new group of the most popular music stars were brought in to cover legendary group song “We Are The World.” Sadly, that group included the likes of Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, and Justin Bieber, who are about as far from the names that they were covering as one can get. Hopefully not a sign of the evolution of talent on our planet.
For those of you who can’t stand even the thought of that group, I assure you that this song is much, much, much better. Click on over to the other side for more and to check out this fantastic collaboration.
While Depp is clearly the biggest overall star and the most fitting to our site, Cave is also someone who has stepped into the cinema spotlight. His music has been used in movies for years (especially the instantly-recognizable “Red Right Hand”), but recently he has crafted memorable movie scores with Warren Ellis for films like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Road, and The Proposition, which he also wrote the script for.
You can pre-order the song here, though it is for those of you in the UK. There is a link for United States residents, but they don’t have the pre-order option up yet. You can also help make the song popular by joining their Facebook page and spreading the word!
Here’s the basic information from their page:
Moved by the plight of the people of Haiti, Shane and his girlfriend, Victoria Clarke made calls to friends from which began the process of recording a track from which ALL proceeds go to Concern, a charity who have provided assistance to some of the poorest countries in the world including Haiti, even before the earthquake struck.
Some of the artists involved include – Shane MacGowan, Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie,Mick Jones, Johnny Depp, Glen Matlock, Chrissie Hynde, Paloma Faith, Eliza Doolittle.
“˜I Put A Spell On You’ will be available from IRL Records on download only from 8th March. Please pre-order the single by clicking here – http://www.7digital.com/artists/shane-macgowan-and-friends/i-put-a-spell-on-you. Or text SPELL (all in capitals) to 78789 (the text cost Â£1.50).