The fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean movie might not make it into theaters until 2015, but we don't have to wait until then to get nerdy about pirate culture. Son Of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs And Chanteys is a new compilation of salty seafaring music for us, by pirates. Or rather, by pirates and the team behind the Pirates series.
Johnny Depp, who stars in the movies as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Gore Verbinski, who directed the first three Pirates Of The Caribbean films, tapped producer and former Saturday Night Live music supervisor Hal Willner in 2006 for this project's first installment, Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs And Chanteys, a compilation record that featured Nick Cave, Richard Thompson, Bryan Ferry, Bono, Sting, and many more.
The 36-track followup to that original release features an even wider variety of artists, including Tom Waits, Patti Smith, sissy-bounce star Big Freedia, and even a Michael Stipe-Courtney Love duet.
Willner joined Soundcheck in the Greene Space at WNYC to talk about just how one goes about creating an album of pirate songs. And he brought along The Americans, Shilpa Ray and Ed Pastorini to perform three unique takes on pirate tunes from the album.