Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan has enlisted the help of the coolest stars in rock and film to record a charity single in aid of the victims of the Haiti earthquake disaster.
While Pop’s Mr Fixit, Simon Cowell has been busy putting the finishing touches to a star studded recording of REM’s Everybody Hurts, boozy rocker Shane has been organising his own single. And a pretty cool line up he’s got too judging by things.
Cowell’s single is sure to sell in shedloads (which is after all the point in the first place).
But it has to be said his final line-up is predicatble and dull: SuBo; Cheryl Cole, Kylie, Take That and X Factor winners Joe McElderry, Alexandra Burke and Leona Lewis among others.
Whereas MacGowan’s supergroup who will be covering 1956 hit I Put a Spell On You looks to have the X Factor in spades.
Joining the 52 year-old Pogues ace will be Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp and his French chanteuse wife Vanessa Paradis.
It isn't the first longtime friend Depp has worked with the Irish rocker. The star played guitar, directed and starred in the video for Shane MacGowan and The Popes 1994 single, That Woman's Got Me Drinking
Other stars lined up include Primal Scream singer Bobby Gillespie and Aussie maverick rocker Nick Cave.
MacGowan flew from his farm in Ireland to London yesterday to begin recording. No release date for the single has yet been set. Here’s hoping both- and any other singles released for the cause- go on to raise as much money as possible.