Like I said the other day, in times like these we judge not the artists who are joining to make whatever difference they can in reconstructing Haiti via their art, we just celebrate that it’s happening. But Susan Boyle, Miley Cyrus, & James Blunt this is not: The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan and his good bud Johnny Depp have rounded up Nick Cave, the Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock, Primal Scream’s Bobbie Gillespie, Mick Jones of the Clash, and Chriss Hynde of the Pretenders to cover Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’s “I Put a Spell on You,” with proceeds benefiting the Dublin based Concern Worldwide, who have been in Haiti for 16 years. MacGowan’s partner, writer Victoria Clarke, pitched it to UK’s Channel 4 as an “alternative” to the stacked “We Are The World” redo and Simon Cowell’s “Everybody Hurts” cover. Which, yes I accept that as a true statement. Watch a report on it here:
Release is set for the end of February. You’ll hear it when we do.