Out Now: Jeff Beck + Johnny Depp’s Spirited New Covers Record, ’18’ (Listen)

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The past few weeks have seen plenty of headlines involving Johnny Depp, for various reasons. Among those newsworthy topics is 18, a brand new studio album combining the talents of Depp and iconic guitarist Jeff Beck and a collection of two Depp original songs and some covers of songs the pair hold near and dear to their hearts as musicians.

After meeting in 2016, Beck and Depp apparently struck a chord in the studio together, leading to productive studio recording sessions of Depp songs and an eclectic mix of covers, ranging from “Celtic and Motown, to the Beach Boys and Killing Joke,” per a news release.

They introduced the project with their take on “Venus in Furs,” originally from The Velvet Underground:

And “This Is A Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr,” a Depp original:

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Beck explained the album’s title, 18:

“When Johnny and I started playing together, it really ignited our youthful spirit and creativity. We would joke about how we felt 18 again, so that just became the album title too.”

The album’s track listing:

“Midnight Walker” (Davy Spillane cover)
“Death And Resurrection Show” (Killing Joke cover)
“Time” (Dennis Wilson cover)
“Sad Motherfuckin’ Parade” (Johnny Depp original)
“Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)” (Beach Boys cover)
“This Is A Song For Miss Hedy Lamarr” (Johnny Depp original)
“Caroline, No” (Beach Boys cover)
“Ooo Baby Baby” (The Miracles cover)
“What’s Going On” (Marvin Gaye cover)
“Venus In Furs” (The Velvet Underground cover)
“Let It Be Me” (The Everly Brothers cover)
“Stars” (Janis Ian cover)
“Isolation” (John Lennon cover)*

Of course, as the years have progressed, Depp has frequently dabbled in music when he’s not stealing headlines for other reasons (or his blockbuster film roles). He’s a participant in the Hollywood Vampires, the classic rock supergroup also featuring Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, having released two records together with the project.

As for 18, it’s available now and ought to pique the interest of anybody interested in either entertainer. Give it a listen:

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