The Pogues‘ singer Shane MacGowan is to release his star-studded version of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins‘ hit ‘I Put A Spell On You’ on March 1 to raise money for earthquake-stricken Haiti, it has been announced.
MacGowan instigated the recording of the cover version of Hawkins‘ 1956 song shortly after the devastating earthquake struck on January 12, calling on a number of his musical friends including Nick Cave, Primal Scream‘s Bobby Gillespie and The Clash‘s Mick Jones to help out.
The track (which Jones co-produced) will be available to download from IRL Records from March 1. All proceeds will go to the Concern charity, which strives to help the world’s poorest countries.
‘I Put A Spell On You’ also features appearances from The Pretenders‘ Chrissie Hynde, Glen Matlock, Paloma Faith, Eliza Doolittle and Cait O’Riordon.
MacGowan said the track is an appropriate choice for the release because he feels it is a modern day “hymn for hope and love”.