Shane MacGowan ready to Put A Spell on You
SHANE MACGOWAN & Friends present ‘I PUT A SPELL ON YOU’: A single in aid of Concern Worldwide’s work in Haiti. The track, featuring NICK CAVE, BOBBY GILLESPIE, CHRISSIE HYNDE, MICK JONES, CAIT O’RIORDON, GLEN MATLOCK, PALOMA FAITH & ELIZA DOOLITTLE is set for download only release on Monday 8th March 2010, having been put back a week to 8th March due to the marvellous news that Johnny Depp has added guitars to the track. He recorded his parts in L.A, consequently adding another friend of the family into the fold.
A mere two and half weeks after the calamitous events in Haiti, Shane MacGowan alongside a hitherto unseen musical line-up of like minded souls, friends and musicians entered a London studio. So moved by the plight of the people of Haiti, Shane and his long term girlfriend, the writer Victoria Clarke, made calls to friends and associates 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.
The track, a cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins' 1956 hit ‘I Put A Spell On You’ couples Shane’s lifelong admiration for an artist (who died ten years ago to the day that the earthquake hit Haiti) with a fascination for a country, its people and in particular his attraction to the nations “deep spirituality”. Hence the choice of song which he has always felt was a modern day “hymn for hope and love”. ‘I Put A Spell On You’ will be available from IRL Records on download only.
The full teamsheet is…
Vocals: Shane MacGowan / Nick Cave / Bobby Gillespie / Glen Matlock / Chrissie Hynde / Paloma Faith / Eliza Doolittle
Guitar: James Walbourne / Mick Jones / Johnny Depp
Bass: Cait O’Riordan
Hammond organ/piano: Carwyn Ellis
Drums: Rob Walbourne
Fire Hydrant: Mick Jones