“I Put A Spell On You”: A Benefit Record To Aid Haiti Reconstruction

I remember Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ 1956 hit song I Put A Spell On You as being covered by one of my favourite singers when I was a teenager, the inimitable Rocky Horror Picture Show legend that is Tim Curry on his 1981 album Simplicity. This classic rockin’ blues song has also been interpreted by such splendid talents as Nina Simone, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Waits and Bette Midler.

You remember how it goes…

“I put a spell on you, because you’re mine
You better stop the things that you’re doin’
I said, “Watch out, I ain’t lyin'”, yeah
I ain’t gonna take none of your, foolin’ around
I ain’t gonna take none of your, puttin’ me down
I put a spell on you because you’re mine, all right

I put a spell on you, because you’re mine
You better stop, the things that you’re doin’
I said, “Watch out, I ain’t lyin'”, yeah
I ain’t gonna take none of your, foolin’ around
I ain’t gonna take none of your, puttin’ me down
I put a spell on you because you’re mine, all right and I took it down”
~ Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

However, not until now (early 2010) has there been recorded what might be the most unforgettable version of all time of the hypnotic “I Put A Spell On You.”

Pogues singer Shane MacGowan and Victoria Clarke recently collaborated with some famous friends to record the song so that its’ proceeds could support Dublin-based Concern Worldwide’s longstanding work in Haiti in the aftermath of the January 12th devasting 7.0M earthquake.

From the caption at YouTube:

“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.”

There are some wonderful performances here, but the standout vocal prizes have got to be awarded to the distinctive and intriguing Paloma Faith and the amazing rock goddess that is Chrissie Hynde.

With no further adieu, see what I mean for yourself:

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