Preview Jeff Beck + Johnny Depp’s ’18’ LP with Covers of Velvet Underground and Beach Boys — Listen/Pre-Order


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Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp recently announced a new collaborative album, 18, which the duo will release on July 15.

After meeting in 2016, the pair apparently struck a chord in the studio together, recording some songs written by Depp as well as a batch of covers of songs they both love, an eclectic mix ranging from “Celtic and Motown, to the Beach Boys and Killing Joke,” per a news release.

Two songs have been debuted thus far from the project. Here’s their cover of “Venus in Furs,” originally by the Velvet Underground:

The duo also unveiled their cover of the Beach Boys classic, “Caroline, No,” in the form of a video:

The first song shared was a Johnny Depp original titled “This Is A Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr”:

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.”

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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.

That association incorporated Beck’s involvement in a studio collaboration, which then sparked this new team-up for the upcoming album, 18. Per a news release:

Soon after, Depp asked Beck to play lead on a tune he’d written, the album’s first single “This Is A Song For Miss Hedy Lamarr,” an homage to the actress/inventor. Beck says it was the catalyst for the collaboration and is one of his favorite songs on the new album. “I was blown away by it,” he says. “That song is one of the reasons I asked him to make an album with me.”

Of Beck, Depp adds, “It’s an extraordinary honor to play and write music with Jeff, one of the true greats and someone I am now privileged enough to call my brother.”
 
In the studio, Beck says he and Depp challenged each other to leave their comfort zones with the songs they chose to cover. “I haven’t had another creative partner like him for ages,” Beck says. “He was a major force on this record. I just hope people will take him seriously as a musician because it’s a hard thing for some people to accept that Johnny Depp can sing rock and roll.”

The duo debuted their rendition of John Lennon’s “Isolation” a couple of years back, and that cover is included on the new record:

Catch Beck on the road in the U.K. in the coming weeks, with Depp on board as a “special guest”:

June 19 Helsinki Helsinki Blues Festival
June 20 Tampere Tamere-talo Oy
June 24 Oslo Sentrum Scene
June 25 Kristiansund Tahiti Festival
June 27 Stockholm Annexet
June 28 Copenhagen Amager Bio
June 29 Randers Værket
June 30 Randers Værket
July 2 Oslo Sentrum Scene
July 3 Bergen Bergenhus Fortress
July 14 Saint-Julien-en-Genevois Guitare en Scene 2022
July 15 Montreux Montreux Music & Convention Center
July 17 Perugia Arena Santa Giuliana
July 18 Gardone Riviera Il Vittoriale Degli Italiani
July 20 Pordenone Parco San Valentino
July 21 Cattolica Arena della Regina
July 23 Vitrolles Jardin Sonore Festival
July 24 Marciac Jazz in Marciac
July 25 Paris L’Olympia

*All dates subject to change

Comments

  • Bob Beedle says:

    Jeff Beck seems to never recruit a solid lead singer. BBA was a great example of subpar vocals. Johnny Depp seems average at best. However, I’ll buy the album because Jeff will make it successful with his great guitar work!

  • Maria496 says:

    I’m very excited by this collaboration and all of the tracks I’ve heard so far… I really enjoy the combination of the two of them together and, in my eyes, Depp’s the best-suited vocalist to Beck since the original Jeff Beck Group with a pre-California Stewart on vocals. In addition, I’m hugely impressed by Depp’s original track (“This is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr”) and hope they’ll work together on some more originals beyond this album too – though even this one, where the majority are covers, is really interesting in its relative stylistic diversity and I definitely prefer that approach to the more common ‘genre-covers albums’. Will certainly be purchasing this one and hope they will do some interviews to give people more insight into their work together.

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