More details about the previously announced charity single for Haiti curated by Shane MacGowan have been announced. Nick Cave, Johnny Depp and Primal Scream singer Bobby Gillespie were already confirmed for the project, and they have been joined by Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones from the Clash and Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols.
Singer and actress Paloma Faith is among those taking part, and she had some pointed words to say to Simon Cowell, who has organized a larger-scale Haiti benefit with a cover of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” single. “I’ve recorded a cover of ‘I Put A Spell On You’ with Shane MacGowan, Nick Cave and Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie,” she confirmed. “Simon Cowell didn’t want Shane in his perfectly created thing and we wanted to help.”
MacGowan’s partner, Victoria Clarke, claims the recording, which is a cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell On You,” was “pulled together in a matter of days.” An unnamed source shed further light on the recording: “”It was a hilarious day,” the person said. “Loads of pizzas, Chinese and Indian food was ordered and the drink was flowing. The single is in the bag and it sounds fantastic.”