MacGowan's song to show Cowell
Published 05/03/2010 | 08:35
Shane MacGowan has revealed he recorded his charity single for Haiti to "show Simon Cowell how it's done".
The former Pogues frontman has recorded a dark cover of I Put A Spell On You featuring celebrity friends including Nick Cave, Johnny Depp, Bobby Gillespie, Chrissie Hynde, Paloma Faith and the Sex Pistols' Glen Matlock.
MacGowan told the Irish Independent of Cowell's all-star charity recording of Everybody Hurts: "When I heard that s***e, I thought, 'F**k it, let's show him how it's done,' and that's how we came to do our version of I Put A Spell On You - that's what a charity single should sound like."
His partner Victoria Mary Clarke revealed of MacGowan's song: "Bono was going to do it as well, but he then thought it might be overkill as he's doing something similar himself."
MacGowan also revealed he's a fan of Jedward, saying: "I think they're f*****g great."
The 52-year-old rocker also said he likes Ronan Keating's version of his song, Fairytale Of New York, saying: "He's a good singer. No, honestly he is."
Asked if he'd consider quitting drinking, he replied: "Why would I do that? I don't drink as much as I used to. I can handle it."
I put A Spell On You goes on sale on March 8 and proceeds go to Concern, the Dublin-based humanitarian organisation which has been working in Haiti since 1994.
You can watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf69vIQL_u8 and pre-order the single at www.irl.org.uk.