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A song for Haiti

What do you get when you put Johnny Depp, Shane MacGowan, Nick Cave, Paloma Faith and other musicians together? You get a song for Haiti, of course.

Yes, Shane MacGowan has gathered together a group of his musician friends to record “I Put a Spell on You” in aid of our work in Haiti.


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Help Haiti

Legendary Pogues singer and songwriter Shane MacGowan was deeply moved by the plight of the people of Haiti. With help from his girlfriend, writer Victoria Clarke, they decided to do something about it.

Two and half weeks later, Shane and a line-up of musicians entered a London studio. Together, they recorded a unique version of “I Put a Spell on You,” the classic Screamin’ Jay Hawkins hit from 1956.

The song will be released on 8 March.

The song

Shane has been a longtime admirer of Hawkins, who died ten years ago to the day that the earthquake struck Haiti. Shane regards the song as a modern day “hymn for hope and love.”

Who is who

The stellar cast featured vocals from Shane MacGowan, Nick Cave and Primal Scream singer Bobby Gillespie, the Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock, The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and Paloma Faith and finally Eliza Doolittle. On guitars were James Walbourne, The Clash’s Mick Jones and Johnny Depp, who recorded his parts in LA.

Long-time Pogues collaborator Cait O’Riordan played bass, and Carwyn Ellis played Hammond organ and piano. Drums were courtesy of Rob Walbourne and the fire hydrant was “played” by Mick Jones.