Johnny Depp has recorded a playful duet with the king of goth hardcore Marilyn Manson. The actor and the singer chose to collaborate on a cover of Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain. The original was rumoured to have been written about Warren Beatty.
Manson told MTV that the choice was "a song which we thought was ironic for each other". The pair have been friends for many years after meeting on the set of a TV show at the start of Depp’s acting career.
"He played drums and lead guitar," Manson added, "and I played guitar and sang. It's a bonus track on my new record and the video will probably be us looking at each other in a mirror."
Depp has always been fascinated with musicians and the music industry. He hung around with Shane McGowan in the glory days of The Pogues, and played on MacGowan's first solo album. He also added slide guitar to the track Fade In-Out from Oasis’s 1997 album Be Here Now. His guest slots in music videos include promos for Tom Petty, The Lemonheads and Avril Lavigne.
Depp appeared as a guest at Alice Cooper’s show at the 100 Club in London last summer. His own musical inclinations have otherwise been confined to the group P, which features the Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes, Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones.
The song will appear on Manson's new album, Born Villain, which is due to be released on April 30.