Here’s the promised “alternative” to the various Haiti relief charity singles released since that country was torn asunder. Even though the front page news has shifted on to how the womens’ skiing team are actually jealous about the amount of media exposure each other are getting, or whatever, Haiti remains pretty asunder. The opening shot of Shane wobbling into the studio here sorta says it all — MacGowan and Johnny Depp took their sweet time assembling and releasing this alternative-star jam — but considering the media’s gnat-like attention span, that’s for the best. Remember Haiti? At least you’ll remember a few of these names. The roll call: Shane, Depp, Chrissie Hynde, Nick Cave, Primal Screamer Bobby Gillespie, the Clash’s Mick Jones, Glen Matlock, Paloma Faith, Eliza Doolittle. Their cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’s “I Put a Spell on You” benefits the Dublin based Concern Worldwide, who have been in Haiti for 16 years. Depp is mostly charged with looking cool and fingering a guitar solo (that isn’t at all the guitar solo on the recording, but who cares he’s so pretty), the rest lay down vocals on a song that doesn’t so obviously address the state and need of the Haitian people through bathos and self-aggrandized posturing (“Everybody Hurts”; “We Are The World”) and is all the more effective for it. Seems to be more like, let’s get together, realize our place in this thing, smoke a cigarette, remind ourselves that we can still do a little something to help without being patronizing assholes about it. Start by watching:

Per the video, you can donate at concern.net. The single’s out 3/7. Pre-order the single at 7digial.

Comments (11)
  1. “The Clash’s Glen Matlock”

    Seriously?

  2. Didn’t Pat Robertson say the earthquake was caused because Haiti had some sort of Voodoo pact with the Devil? I’m not saying the sad, crazy, old P.Rob was right…i’m just saying the song choice is…questionable (to say the least).

  3. just the other day i had heated debate with some friends (via my facebook status) whether johnny depp or speed scrabble is better. and the mad hatter beats out the most extreme word game by a guitar solo.

  4. Couldn’t they have butchered a more fitting and appropriate song? Maybe something that was a little uplifting and positive? Or at least a little introspective?

    • It might be something of a relative question? I think this is about as touchy-feely as Nick Cave or Shane MacGowan get…
      And while in 15 years time I may well cringe in horror while viewing this on a “worst charity tribute videos ever” list, I like the fact that right now it DIDN’T make me throw up in my mouth a little.

    • Balls to your wordsearch. They went and had fun, and assembled a bunch of names to draw in a whole bunch of attention and make some money for a cause. I think the whole thing sounds like a right old laugh. I can’t remember to the last piss up I went to for a charitable cause, and I bet you can’t either. So they’re better than us, and I appreciate it!

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