Smith explained to Spinner that she called Depp with the idea for the song while he was filming The Rum Diary. He then recorded her singing the track a capella down the line. “Then Johnny said he would send it to me so I wouldn’t forget,” said Smith. “So I’m waiting and waiting and he didn’t send it! I said, ‘Johnny, where’s ‘Banga’?’ He said, ‘Oh, you’ll get it’. And [when] I got it, he’d put drums, guitars, everything [on it]! So the first minute of the song is all me and Johnny Depp.”
As well as featuring a tribute to Amy Winehouse, the album closes up with a cover of Neil Young‘s ‘After The Gold Rush’. Smith says she finished the album with this track as she wanted the record to close like “a breath of spring”. She told Spinner: “I was just sitting in a café having coffee and ‘After the Gold Rush’ came on. And I realised that the first two verses of ‘After the Gold Rush’ said everything that I wanted to say. I didn’t think I could say it any better.” Smith is rumoured to be supporting Young on his recently announced autumn tour of North America.
‘Banga’ is Smith’s first album since her 2007 covers record ‘Twelve’ and her first record of original material since 2004’s ‘Trampin’.
Patti Smith plays a number of UK live dates this June and September. She will visit:
Wolverhampton Civic (June 25)
Cardiff Coal Exchange (26)
Bath Forum (28)
Hop Farm Festival, Tonbridge (30)
Newcastle O2 Academy (September 4)
Glasgow O2 ABC (5)
Manchester Academy (7)
Leeds O2 Academy (9)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (10)
Brighton Dome (12)
London Troxy (13)