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Somalia Pirates and the Tanker

The resurrection of piracy in recent times is quite bizarre! We blame Johnny Depp and his “Caribbean” trilogy!!

This (black) peril seems to be escalating dramatically too. Of course, splashed across the news for the past few weeks has been the holding for ransom of an oil-laden Saudi supertanker.

We’re wondering if perhaps a massive floating cargo of liquid gold should not have had some mini army on board to protect it? Ermmm????? …. But apparently not!

We note that piracy is considered amongst the biggest moneymakers in Somalia! We hear that “Career Guidance” teachers in Somali High Schools are advising teenagers to get involved in this lucrative business!

They even have specialist University courses on this stuff! Yap, Piracy and Pillage 1.01! A really popular course amongst aspiring scurvy Somali sea-dogs!

Anyway, said tale took another turn over the weekend with the apparent receipt by these aspirant Captain Barbossas of a $3 million ransom! Yes, 3 million fucking bucks! (we’re not sure how many barrels of rum accompanied the cash though!)

Now, will the granting of a massive bag of dosh to the tune of $3 million in any way encourage more of these psychos to get into this racket? Nah, course not!!! Well, except for roykeanz and I who are planning to get a team of psychotic sea-dogs together to ravish and plunder our way across the seven seas!

We’ve already made a “jolly roger” flag and bought some reading material including the Somali Piracy and Pillage 1.01 course book and a self-help book called “Be the Best Jack Sparrow you can Be … Y’arrrr” !

Curiously, after receipt of said loot, apparently five of the pirates “drowned when their boat capsized“!

Really? Their boat just capsized? Right after they got the loot? What an unfortunate coincidence for those scurvySomali sea-dogs!

And no, they definitely weren’t assassinated!!! Fair enough matey? Y’arrrrr!!,2933,478424,00.html

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somali pirates released an oil-laden Saudi supertanker after receiving a $3 million ransom, a negotiator for the bandits said Friday.

The MV Sirius Star, a brand new tanker with a 25-member crew, was seized in the Indian Ocean Nov. 15 in a dramatic escalation of the high seas piracy that has plagued the shipping lanes off Somalia.

Mohamed Said, a negotiator with the pirates that held the Saudi tanker, told The Associated Press by telephone the ship had been released and was traveling to “safe waters.”

However, Reuters reported before they escaped, five of the pirates drowned when their boat capsized.

The ship owner, Vela International Marine Ltd., declined comment on the claim Friday.

But Poland, which has some of its nationals among the tanker’s crew, said it had official confirmation from the Saudi Arabian ambassador in Kenya that the Sirius Star had been released by the hijackers.

A Western diplomat based in Nairobi, Kenya, also said the ship was free, citing the International Maritime Organization. He requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain would not explicitly confirm the release of the tanker. But Lt. Virginia Newman, a spokeswoman for the Combined Maritime Forces based in Bahrain, said it was likely that “a considerable sum” had been paid in ransom and that “It is expected that the ship will get under way in the next 24 hours.” She would not elaborate.

The tanker was hijacked more than 500 miles southeast of Mombasa, Kenya. That is far south of where warships have recently increased their patrols in the Gulf of Aden, one of the busiest channels in the world, leading to and from the Suez Canal, and the scene of most past attacks.

The U.S. Navy said Thursday that a new international naval force under American command will soon begin patrols to confront escalating attacks by Somali pirates after more than 100 ships came under siege in the past year.

But the mission — expected to begin operations next week — appears more of an attempt to sharpen the military focus against piracy rather than a signal of expanded offensives across one of the world’s most crucial shipping lanes.

The force will carry no wider authority to strike at pirate vessels at sea or specific mandates to move against havens on shore — which some maritime experts believe is necessary to weaken the pirate gangs that have taken control of dozens of cargo vessels and an oil tanker.

“While the potential release of the Sirius Star is undoubtedly excellent news, we must not forget that nearly three hundred other merchant mariners are still being held captive. The men who attacked the ship and held the crew hostage are armed criminals and consequently, we must remain steadfast in our efforts to address the international problem of piracy,” said Commodore Tim Lowe, deputy commander of the new force.

Most hijackings end with million-dollar pay-outs. Piracy is considered the biggest moneymaker in Somalia, a country that has had no stable government for decades. A recent report by the London-based think-tank Chatham House said pirates raked in more than $30 million in ransoms last year.

The pirates are trained fighters, often dressed in military fatigues, using speedboats equipped with satellite phones and GPS equipment. They are typically armed with automatic weapons, anti-tank rocket launchers and various types of grenades. Far out to sea, their speedboats operate from larger mother ships.

The U.S. Navy and other nations have international authority to battle pirates in the open seas and come to the aid of vessels under attack. But forces have been stymied on how to respond to ships under pirate control, fearing an all-out assault could endanger the crew members held hostage.

In Ukraine, relatives of crew aboard a hijacked Ukrainian cargo ship MV Faina, appealed on Friday to international humanitarian groups for help. The Faina was hijacked off Somalia more than three months ago with its cargo of 33 battle tanks.

Relatives said neither government authorities nor the ship owner are giving them any information about negotiations with the captors or the crew’s health.

Pirates and Ukrainian authorities both said in December that a deal had been reached and that the seamen would be released soon. But there has been no sign of progress since then. The pirates had originally demanded $20 million when they hijacked the Faina.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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January 12, 2009 Posted by | Johnny Depp, Pirate, _ARTICLE, _CARTOON, _CINEMA | Leave a comment

VA – Rogue’s Gallery – Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys

VA – Rogue’s Gallery – Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys
2006 | FLAC | 865 MB

Avast now me mateys …. Oooooohhhh Yarrrrr! ….

I be likin this, so I be! …… Oooooohhhh Yarrrrr!……

As powerful as the Cat o’ nine tails and as wonderful as Fiddlers Green ! Yarrrrr!

Last night, when I be loaded to the Gunwales with glorious cheap sweet Jamaican grog and delectatin meself inside an army of glorious cheap sweet Jamaican wenches – who be costin me a pretty cache o’ pieces o’ eight I be tellin ya – I be hearin some lovely melodies a wiltin across the stench filled air! ….. Oooooohhhh Yarrrrr!……

A great collection, aye surely me hearties …. Oooooohhhh Yarrrrr!……and a very eclectic one too I be tellin ya ….. Oooooohhhh Yarrrrr! ……

Ahem … sorry, I get demented betimes …..Oooooohhhh Yarrrrrr ……

Some amazing sea songs sung by artists we love such as Nick Cave, Lou Reed, Antony, Stan Ridgway, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Martin Carthy, Kate McGarrigle and David Thomas etc.

Bono – that scurvy dog sure be one annoyin tosser Yarrrrr! ….. and his pal Gavin Friday ex of the Virgin Prunes are on here too!

There’s a group on here called The Old Prunes …. have the Virgin Prunes reformed?

There’s also some performances from the mysterious Jack Shit! Could this be one Johnny Depp?!!

Some unusual performers here too such as John C. Reilly – a great actor but one who lately seems to be appearing in way too many moronic “comedies” with assholes like Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler – and (one time) radical genius cartoonist Ralph Steadman!

Be warned, however, that included here is that vile Sting (that scurvy dog sure be one sickenin muzak tosser Yarrrrr!) and one of those awful Corrs (I be wantin to go a pokin with that diddly-iddle lass but not a listenin to her banshee muzak! Yarrrrr!) !!

….. All thanks be to the gods of the scurvy oceans for ye ould DELETE button! Yarrrrr!

A whopping 43 tracks in all (well, 41 after I be a deletin the Sting and the Corr, Yarrr!) …. I be likin this, so I be!

Ahoy! Get downloadin’ now me hearties!! Oooooohhhh Yarrrrrr !!!!


Are ye gonna be a scoffin that glorious grog all day Mr Stupid or will ye be a raisin me wet sails! Yarrrr!

Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski hatched the idea for Rogue’s Gallery while filming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”–that idea being to cast genteel rock superstars like Bono, Lou Reed, Bryan Ferry, Andre Corr, and Sting to reinterpret gritty seafaring standards for an exhaustive 43-track double-disc set produced by Hal Wilner.

Throw in a bunch of credible folk stars (Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Thompson), their offspring (Rufus, Teddy) and a string of other curious characters (Jarvis Cocker, Antony) and what results is one of the strangest compilations in recent memory, if not exactly the most historically authentic or, well, digestible. Nick Cave embraces the role just a little too hard on “Fire Down Below,” while Ferry can’t help but sound like he’s singing for the cast of “The Love Boat,” but cut through the chaff and there is some real bootie here: Bono’s “Dying Sailor to His Shipmates,” Jolie Holland’s “The Grey Funnel Line” and “Boney” by a mysterious tramp called Jack Shit, which must be some kind of anagram* for Johnny Depp.

-Aidin Vaziri

* Anagram? Buy yourself a fucking dictionary Aidin! …. Methinks thoust been imbibin too much of ye glorious grog!! Y’arrrrr!!


Is that a big pistol in yer pocket Mr Stupid or are ye very happy to be a seein me? Yarrrrr !

Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys is a compilation album of sea shanties performed by a wide array of artists, ranging from Sting to Bryan Ferry, representing a variety of genres. The artists cover a large number of diverse songs of the sea, at times adding elements traditionally attributed to other types of music. The majority of the pop performers had not been known to be familiar with the sea shanty as a separate genre, though Sting, who contributed two tracks to the project, had had prior knowledge of and contact with them. Several well-known names from the folk world, where these songs have long been staples, also make appearances, including Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy and James Cooke.

While the marketing insanity for Pirates of the Caribbean II continues to echo in the
popular mindset, this whopping yet seemingly near-underground document — born from the minds of the film’s director, Gore Verbinski, his pal Johnny Depp, and Anti-Epitaph label boss (and Verbinski buddy) Brett Gurewitz — may end up as a lasting contribution to the populace at large without them even knowing it. Surely it lends its own weighty blend of blood, sweat, and tears to the folkloric literature of sea shanties and pirate songs, though cranks like Alan Lomax and John Jacob Niles are certainly turning over in their graves if they have any extraterrestrial knowledge of its existence. Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys, produced by Hal Willner, has gathered up the usual outrageous, inspired, ambitious, sometimes ridiculously grouped musicians to record folksongs of the sea, from the call-and-response grunting and occasionally obscene work songs sung by men from the old seas who worked the riggings in rhythm, to pirates who needed (much as modern-day rappers) to boast of their exploits. Willner gathered together some 75 songs and went to Seattle to hang with Bill Frisell to discuss the project. Frisell gathered the Akron Family, Wayne Horvitz, and Eyvind Kang to be a kind of house band there, and netted a slew of songs from the likes of Robin Holcomb (whose reading of “Dead Horse” is one of the most beautiful and haunting things here); the notorious Baby Gramps (whose version of “Cape Cod Girls” starts everything off with a harrumph), and a slew of others. He later went to Los Angeles, New York, London, Dublin, and god knows where else, finding roots musicians to be an ad hoc house band. In London, Warren Ellis of Dirty Three and Bad Seeds fame and Kate St. John formed a unit with some other folks, and in L.A. it was Jack Shit and friends. But this is the back of the story, actually.

The singers include everybody from pop blowhards like Sting and Bono, who do respectable jobs (well, not Bono: he blows it big-time on “A Dying Sailor to His Shipmates” because he can’t help himself), to wildmen like David Thomas (of Pere Ubu) and Nick Cave; from modern-day darlings like Lucinda Williams and Rufus Wainwright (who sings with his mom, Kate McGarrigle while his cranky old dad Loudon Wainwright III makes an appearance for two cuts); to strange adventurers like Mark Anthony Thompson, Jarvis Cocker, and Bob Neuwirth; from bona fide rock eccentrics like Antony, Jolie Holland, Bryan Ferry, Van Dyke Parks, Stan Ridgway, and Gavin Friday (in Ireland anyway) to rock legends (Ferry fits here, too) like Lou Reed); to indie rock songwriting iconoclasts Joseph Arthur and Ed Harcourt; bona fide recluses like Mary Margaret O’Hara; true traditionalists like John C. Reilly, Martin Carthy and family (Eliza Carthy on her own, too), and Richard and Teddy Thompson. Oh yeah, and one true counterculture icon: Ralph Steadman!

There’s a whale load of 43 cuts spread out over two discs in a handsome package. It’s bound to lose money unless some uptight Amerikanskis get adventurous real quick and buy it to put on their iPods to play on their sailboats and yachts, or if NPR does a feature on it for the yups (that would make both Ishmael and Captain Ahab proud). There are many standouts here, but those that really shake up the decks are Eliza Carthy’s “Rolling Sea,” Bryan Ferry’s two contributions — the entirely creepy “The Cruel Ship’s Captain,” and his duet with Antony “Lowlands Low” — Nick Cave’s “Pinery Boy” and his hilariously evil “Fire Down Below,” Gavin Friday’s “Baltimore Whores,” Richard Thompson’s reverential and lonesome “Mingualy Boat Song,” Martin Carthy and family’s “Hog-Eye Man,” O’Hara’s stirring “The Cry of Man,” Cocker’s wondrously cannibalistic “A Drop of Nelson’s Blood,” and Mark Anthony Thompson’s hunted “Haul Away Joe.” This doesn’t mean there are other things here that will appeal to the masses, or even to the few. Let’s face it, Baby Gramps, as great as he is, is only gonna make a few hearts (those that are diseased, most likely, or warped, most surely) flutter. Williams is good, but Parks is better, and Joseph Arthur can be downright scary when he wants to be: remember Tom Waits’ contribution to another Willner project, Stay Awake: Interpretations of Vintage Disney Films? There you have it.

There is something here for most, and something to piss off everyone else. The real deal is this: by bringing up these old relics — some of which took considerable research to find — Willner has done a service to folk culture by presenting it in such an oddball, loose, and fun way to the masses. Perhaps that rarefied world of folk culture fascists (who will remain unnamed here) may take umbrage, but consider those who will actually get turned on by this music and research the old songs themselves. Certainly that may be a choice few; for the rest, there is untold knowledge to be gained for random conversation, filling in the “personal weird stuff” file in their brains, and perhaps, if urbane enough, may spark a discussion for a moment or so until the next really “big” thing distracts them. Any way you hoist it, Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys is a treasure trove of the beautiful, the weird, the arcane, and the dangerous right out there on the record store shelves for anyone with a few dollars to spare to be awed or amused by.


Oh Ya Ya. Yarrrrr !
Ya Ya. Yarrrrr ! Yarrrrrrrrrrrrr !


Disc: 1

1. Cape Cod Girls – Baby Gramps
2. Mingulay Boat Song – Richard Thompson
3. My Son John – John C. Reilly
4. Fire Down Below – Nick Cave
5. Turkish Revelry – Loudon Wainwright III
6. Bully In The Alley – The Old Prunes
7. The Cruel Ship’s Captain – Bryan Ferry
8. Dead Horse – Robin Holcomb
9. Spansih Ladies – Bill Frisell
10. High Barbary – Joseph Arthur
11. Haul Away Joe – Mark Anthony Thompson
12. Dan Dan – David Thomas
13. Blood Red Roses – Sting
14. Sally Brown – Teddy Thompson
15. Lowlands Away – Rufus Wainwright & Kate McGarrigle
16. Baltimore Whores – Gavin Friday
17. Rolling Sea – Eliza McCarthy
18. Haul On The Bowline – Bob Neuwirth
19. Dying Sailor to His Shipmates – Bono
20. Bonnie Portmore – Lucinda Williams
21. The Mermaid – Martin Carthy & the UK Group
22. Shenandoah – Richard Greene & Jack Shit
23. The Cry Of Man – Mary Margaret O’Hara

Disc: 2

1. Boney – Jack Shit
2. Good Ship Venus – Loudon Wainwright III
3. Long Time Ago -White Magic
4. Pinery Boy – Nick Cave
5. Lowlands Low – Bryan Ferry w/Antony
6. One Spring Morning – Akron/Family
7. Hog Eye Man – Martin Carthy & Family
8. The Fiddler/A Drop Of Nelson’s Blood – Ricky Jay & Richard Greene
9. Caroline and Her Young Sailor Bold – Andrea Corr
10. Fathom The Bowl – John C. Reilly
11. Drunken Sailor – Dave Thomas
12. Farewell Nancy – Ed Harcourt
13. Hanging Johnny – Stan Ridgway
14. Old Man of The Sea – Baby Gramps
15. Greenland Whale Fisheries – Van Dyke Parks
16. Shallow Brown – Sting
17. The Grey Funnel Line – Jolie Holland
18. A Drop of Nelson’s Blood – Jarvis Cocker
19. Leave Her Johnny – Lou Reed
20. Little Boy Billy – Ralph Steadman

Here she be me hearties! Yarrrr …


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October 7, 2008 Posted by | Antony, Bono, Bryan Ferry, David Thomas, Gavin Friday, Johnny Depp, Lou Reed, Music_Folk, Nick Cave, Stan Ridgway, _BABE, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Shane MacGowan – "That Woman Got me Drinking"

Shane MacGowan and the Popes – That Woman’s Got Me Drinking
3rd October 1994 – ZANG56CD 4509-97579-2 (ZTT Records), also ltd. ed. cardboard fold-out sleeve
Highest UK chart position: 34

The wonderful video starring Johnny Depp and Shane MacGowan for Shane’s great song “That Woman Got me Drinking” and also a live performance with Johnny Depp on guitar!

For seven long years
She helped me spend my dough
Now I take her out
But she don’t wanna know
That woman’s got me drinking
Look at the state I’m in
Give me one, two, three, four, five, six,
seven, eight, nine, ten bottles of gin

That woman’s got me drinking
We used to have some fun
Now shrinks and astrologers
Have got me on the run
That woman’s got me drinking
Look at the state I’m in
Give me one, two, three, four, five, six,
seven, eight, nine, ten bottles of gin

She said she’d always love me
She said I’d be the one
Now look at the way she treats me
Just like a piece of scum
That woman’s got me drinking
Look at the state I’m in
Give me one, two, three, four, five, six,
seven, eight, nine, ten bottles of gin

If I had the guts to do it
I’d take a long goodbye
Instead I’ll love her long and hard
And love her ’til I die
That woman’s got me drinking
Look at the state I’m in
Give me one, two, three, four, five, six,
seven, eight, nine, ten bottles of gin

Bottles of gin, bottles of gin, bottles of gin,
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven,
eight, nine, ten bottles of gin

By Shane MacGowan (1994)

Official video

Shane MacGowan & The Popes with Johnny Depp
on Top of the Pops.

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June 27, 2008 Posted by | Johnny Depp, Music_Alternative, Shane MacGowan, _MUSIC, _POETRY, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Johnny Depp will now be "Rubber Johnny Depp" !

“Stand up with Johnny for safer sex”

Here’s a piece below from

It seems Johnny Depp will now be Rubber Johnny Depp !!

Yes, apparently, Johnny will “become the face of American condom manufacturer Trojan“. What does that mean? Every Rubber Johnny will have Johnny’s face on it? Maybe that would work for the chicks, but not the guys!

They go on to say …. “And there’s no one bigger than Johnny.” How do they know that? Did they ask his wife? They obviously haven’t seen mine yet!!

As for “Stand up with Johnny for safer sex”, isn’t that, well, just gay?!

“Rubber Johnny Depp” is getting 10 million bucks for this! 10 million fucking bucks!! The world is truly messed up!

I guess they’ll give him a few rubbers too!


Johnny DeppHollywood hunk Johnny Depp has been offered $10 million to become the face of American condom manufacturer Trojan.

The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star, 44, would be expected to appear in a series of offbeat TV commercials for the company’s new Magnum range.

Bosses at the contraception firm believe the Hollywood star would not only expand sales in the US but also help inspire an anti-AIDS campaign to send free condoms to third world countries.

The actor is yet to formally agree to the deal — but ad executives have already come up with a slogan: “Stand up with Johnny for safer sex.”

A source said: “He’s very interested and he’s trying to figure out if he can fit it in.”

A spokeswoman for California’s Safer Sex Awareness Campaign said: “We’d welcome seeing a major Hollywood star helping to promote the cause.

“And there’s no one bigger than Johnny.”

Father of two Depp — who’s dating French singer Vanessa Paradis — has been a big advocate of sex education since starring in TV’s teen crime series 21 Jump Street in the Eighties.

He said then: “This show teaches kids about drugs and safe sex, which is why I agreed to do it.”

April 1, 2008 Posted by | Johnny Depp, _EDITORIAL | Leave a comment