Depp has collaborated with Pirates director Gore Verbinski and music producer Hal Willner to create Rogues 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 Depps, 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 womans 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 Mans Chest and Blow The Man Down somehow became nursery rhymes.
Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs And Chanteys sails into stores August. 22.
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