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Johnny Depp, Nick Cave cover “I Put a Spell on You” for Haiti Relief


March 1st, 2010 at 12:28 pm

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In the 80s, there was “We Are the World,” a recording and video jam-packed with celebrities to benefit famine relief in Africa. This year’s remake of “We Are the World” was made to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The song is a cringe-worthy, Autotune-filled mess, but I hope it helps raise awareness and funds. (Donate to Haiti at, or weigh your other options: there are many.)

As far as Haiti relief benefits, I much prefer this cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’s “I Put a Spell On You,” featuring Nick Cave (whose soundtrack for The Proposition is haunting and beautiful), everyone’s favorite scruffy recluse Johnny Depp (watch for the Alice in Wonderland review to go up this coming Saturday), Shane Macgowan, Chrissy Hynde, and musicians from The Clash and Primal Scream. It’s gritty, gravelly, and a nod to the rich cultural history of Haiti.

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Depp, Cave, and others contribute to Haiti relief with “I Put a Spell on You”

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(This is probably really telling, but I can’t hear this song without thinking of Bette Midler’s ridiculous number in Hocus Pocus.)

From Cinematical.

  • A Nonny Mouse

    I Put A Spell On You? How cheekily appropriate. Like it – a lot.

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