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Monday, February 1, 2010

Screamin’ Jay Revisited for Haiti Relief

Nick Cave, Johnny Depp and Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie are among those reportedly recording a new charity single led by Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan. The bibulous singer is assembling several high profile friends to record a cover of I Put a Spell On You, to raise money for the Haiti earthquake relief.

According to sources, MacGowan flew from his home in Ireland to begin recording in London this week. Depp might seem an unlikely collaborator for Cave and Gillespie, but the actor has plenty of experience as a musician – first with his high school band Kids, the Butthole Surfers and more recently with Babybird. For I Put a Spell On You, Depp will reportedly be joined by his partner, musician and actress Vanessa Paradis.

Originally released by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956, I Put a Spell On You was one of rock n' roll's early hits. The song has a rich history and has been covered frequently by artists including The Animals, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tim Curry, Eels, Nina Simone, Bryan Ferry and the Birthday Party (Cave’s original band).

As MacGowan and company cover Screamin' Jay Hawkins, word as well that well known music ‘critimudgeon’ Simon Cowell is hard at work on his own Haiti benefit, recording an all-star version of R.E.M.'s Everybody Hurts Susan Boyle, Take That, Robbie Williams, Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Mika, Michael Buble, James Morrison, and Rod Stewart will all participate. Additional contributors are still being added. Recording has mostly taken place at Trevor Horn's Sarm Studios in London, England.

Incidentally, Hope for Haiti, a download-only album featuring songs from last month’s international telethon, is currently Number 1 in the US.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Of course the rampant speculation among most music fans is who's going to be the first to punch somebody's lights out - Shane or Bobby?

Sean Wraight said...

I just want to know if there will be a dentist present at the sessions... Money from that alone could rebuild Haiti singlehandedly.