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Published on March 2nd, 2010 | by Will


I Put A Spell On you

Shortly after news broke about the earthquake in Haiti, the news broke about charity singles. The British / Simon Cowell one came out first followed by the US / Quincy Jones one.

Well now it the turn of the Irish. Personally I think Victoria Clarke had a lot to do with it too.  She and her boyfriend, Shane MacGowan got a few friends together. Friends like Nick Cave, Chrissie Hynde, Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, Mick Jones of the Clash, Bobby Gillespie, Johnny Depp (who recorded his part in LA), Paloma Faith, Eliza Doolittle and a few others. In short people who can play with passion. And they are playing with “I Put a Spell on You,” the classic Screamin’ Jay Hawkins hit from 1956 in order to raise funds for Concern Worldwide who have been in Haiti for about sixteen years.

Its only available on download with a release date of March 8 2010. Via 7 Digital in Ireland (and presumably the rest of the Eurozone), 7 Digital in the UK and in US dollars via Amazon. Concern have confirmed that it will be in iTunes, but no pre-order link is available at the moment.[update March 8 2010]  The single is now available on iTunes.

The song was mostly recorded in a studio in Battersea one week after the phone calls started, and it looks like a good bit of fun was had by all. Actually a few emergency calls were made on the night (I don’t know if its true that Glen Matlock called Terry Edwards to play the Sax solo after recording started, but he is a true gent for showing up if it is).  Also David Jaymes and Tom Haxell at IRL records leapt in to the breach when the initial label things were agreed with pulled out. This is a charity single with balls and emotion rather than the simpering earnest mess you usually end up with. And its good because of it.

There is also a FaceBook page, “Make Shane MacGowan and Friends number 1“. Pay for it, download it and make it number one.

Channel 4 News called in during the recording in early February, and so this is sort of a behind the scenes movie.

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Will likes to dance around the interfaces of technology, people and culture. Unfortunately that dance floor is freshly waxed. He usually remembers to write (and photograph) at WillKnott.ie

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