Monday, June 26, 2006

Bono, Sting And Johnny Depp Enjoy Pirating Music

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Johnny Depp has hooked movie fans with his Pirates Of The Caribbean flicks, and soon he’ll be hooking them on pirate music.

Depp has collaborated with Pirates director Gore Verbinski and music producer Hal Willner to create Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs And Chanteys, an album featuring authentic pirate music as sung by artists like Sting, Bono and Lou Reed.

Willner says the idea was Depp’s, who believes that the old pirate songs “are the original punk rock,” especially tunes like “Baltimore Whores,” which has references to the size of a woman’s sex organ, and “What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor?,” which has the line “stuff his ass with broken glass.”

Although he believes pirate tunes are an “unexplored area” of folk music, Willner says many Beatles tunes have hints of pirate-pop, while songs like “Fifteen Men On A Dead Man’s Chest” and “Blow The Man Down” somehow became nursery rhymes.

Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs And Chanteys sails into stores August. 22.

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