Listen to Michael Stipe and Courtney Love's pirate shanty
By Alex Young on February 11th, 2013
Here's a question for your next late-night game of Trivia Pursuit: What was Michael Stipe's first recording following the demise of R.E.M.? The answer is a pirate shanty — yes, pirate shanty — with Courtney Love (!) titled, "Rio Grande".
The track is of one several star-studded collaborations appearing on the new compilation Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys, which was curated by Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski, and producer Hal Willner. Other contributing musicians include Tom Waits and Keith Richards (who team up for "Shenandoah"), Broken Social Scene, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, and more.
Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys is due out February 19th via ANTI-, but you can stream the whole thing at NPR.org.
Recorded march 2011.
COURTNEY LOVE TO SING WITH MICHAEL STIPE ON JOHNNY DEPP'S PIRATE THEMED ALBUM
Hole frontwoman Courtney Love has been pegged by Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp to take part in an upcoming new compilation album. The two-disc collection entitled Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys will feature nothing but covers of traditional pirate songs.
The album, which is a sequel to 2006′s Rouge Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys will pop into stores February 19th and will feature contributions by other big-name artists such as Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and Tom Waits. Love's contribution to the album is a duet with former R.E.M. vocalist Michael Stipe entitled: "Rio Grande"
You can view the track listing for 'Son of Rogue's Gallery' below:
1. Shane MacGowan: "Leaving of Liverpool" (ft. Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski)
2. Robyn Hitchcock: "Sam's Gone Away"
3. Beth Orton: "River Come Down"
4. Sean Lennon: "Row Bullies Row" (ft. Jack Shit)
5. Tom Waits: "Shenandoah" (ft. Keith Richards)
6. Ivan Neville: "Mr Stormalong"
7. Iggy Pop: "Asshole Rules the Navy" (ft. A Hawk and a Hacksaw)
8. Macy Gray: "Off to Sea Once More"
9. Ed Harcourt: "The Ol' OG"
10. Shilpa Ray: "Pirate Jenny" (ft. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis)
11. Patti Smith and Johnny Depp: "The Mermaid"
12. Chuck E Weiss: "Anthem for Old Souls"
13. Ed Pastorini: "Orange Claw Hammer"
14. The Americans: "Sweet and Low"
15. Robin Holcomb and Jessica Kenny: "Ye Mariners All"
16. Gavin Friday and Shannon McNally: "Tom's Gone to Hilo"
17. Kenny Wollesen and The Himalayas Marching Band: "Bear Away"
1. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention: "Handsome Cabin Boy"
2. Michael Stipe and Courtney Love: "Rio Grande"
3. Marc Almond: "Ship in Distress"
4. Dr. John: "In Lure of the Tropics"
5. Todd Rundgren: "Rolling Down to Old Maui"
6. Dan Zanes: "Jack Tar on Shore" (ft. Broken Social Scene)
7. Sissy Bounce (Katey Red and Big Freedia): "Sally Racket" (ft. Akron/Family)
8. Broken Social Scene: "Wild Goose"
9. Marianne Faithfull: "Flandyke Shore" (ft. Kate and Anna McGarrigle)
10. Ricky Jay: "The Chantey of Noah and his Ark (Old School Song)"
11. Michael Gira: "Whiskey Johnny"
12. Petra Haden: "Sunshine Life for Me" (ft. Lenny Pickett)
13. Jenni Muldaur: "Row the Boat Child"
14. Richard Thompson: "General Taylor" (ft. Jack Shit)
15. Tim Robbins: "Marianne" (ft. Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs)
16. Kembra Phaler: "Barnacle Bill the Sailor (ft. Antony, Joseph Arthur, and Foetus)
17. Anjelica Huston: "Missus McGraw" (ft. The Weisberg Strings)
18. Iggy Pop and Elegant Too: "The Dreadnought"
19. Mary Margaret O'Hara: "Then Said the Captain to Me (Two Poems of the Sea)"