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(updated 2/12/16)


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1993    Arizona Dream Soundtrack:  American Dreamers - Old Home Movie
1996    Dead Man Soundtrack
1997    Kerouac:  Madroad Driving (from Visions of Cody)
1998    Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas - Music From The Motion Picture
2002    The Boogie Pimps:  Salt Shaker 
2008    Gonzo:
The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson - Music From The Film
2009    Glenn Tilbrook & The Fluffers:  Too Close To The Sun
2010    When You're Strange: Songs From The Motion Picture
2010    Life - Audiobook autobiography of Keith Richards
2011    Rango - Music From The Motion Picture
2011
   Lulu Gainsbourg:  Ballade de Melody Nelson
2012    
Dark Shadows Original Motion Picture Soundtrack:  The Joker
2012    Kae State featuring 
Rob Jackson & Jup:  Street Runners (as Mr. Stench)
2013    West Of Memphis: Voices For Justice: Damien Echols Death Row Letter Year 16 1/2
2014    Pink Grenade: Gold Blooded
2016    Hollywood Vampires: As Bad As I Am

1) Arizona Dream Soundtrack:  American Dreamers - Old Home Movie

Originally released 1993.
AZ dream  Arizona Dream liner notes   az dream back

American Dreamers is also released on Ederlezi, by Goran Bregovic (1998) and Songbook, by Goran Bregovic (2000).

ederlezi  songbook



2) Dead Man Soundtrack, Neil Young

Released February 27, 1996 
Dead Man liner notes

Also released as a CD single.

deadman CD



3) Kerouac: Madroad Driving (from Visions of Cody)

Johnny Depp & Come.  From the album, Kerouac - Kicks Joy Darkness, released April 8, 1997. 
kicksjoy   Kicks Joy liner notes

May 29, 1997 Rolling Stone mention
viper room kerouac



4) Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas - Music From The Motion Picture

Released May 19, 1998.  
The soundtrack features dialogue from the film, though Johnny and Benicio Del Toro are not credited in the liner notes.

fandlfront   fandlback   fandl liner1   fandl liner2



5) The Boogie Pimps:  Salt Shaker

2002.  
A 12" vinyl promo record by this German band was released to promote their first CD.  The promo record featured Johnny on spoken excerpts from the film, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.  For legal reasons, the record was withdrawn and was never officially released in this form.  The CD version removes Johnny's spoken voice.  Images of the 12" vinyl version with many thanks to Claudia!

boogie pimps 1  boogie pimps 2  boogie pimps 3



6) Gonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson - Music From The Film

Released November 18, 2008.  
  • "Narration from the film by Johnny Depp."
gonzo cover 1   gonzo back   gonzo cover 2   gonzo cover liner a

gonzo narration crop

gonzo notes 1   gonzo notes 2




7) Glenn Tilbrook & The Fluffers:  Too Close To The Sun

From the album, Pandemonium Ensues.  Released March 2, 2009 in the UK; April 7, 2009 in the US.  
UK release (Quixotic Records)
pandemonium1 UK   too close to the sun   pandemonium2 UK    pandemonium3 uk

US release (E1 Music/Quixotic Records)
pandemonium1-US   pandemonium2-US   pandemonium2-US2   pandemonium3-US




8) When You're Strange - Songs From The Motion Picture

Released April 6, 2010.  
  • "All poems read by Johnny Depp"

wys front   wys back   wys disc   wys 1   wys crop

wys 2   credit   wys 3   CDadvert in DVD

See also the JD Rocks! Documentaries page



9) Life - Keith Richards Autobiography (audiobook version)

Released November 16, 2010.  
  • "Read by Johnny Depp" ("and Joe Hurley; Featuring Keith Richards")
On May 24, 2011, this audiobook won the top Audie Award for Audio Book of the Year.  It also won the award for Biography/Memoir.  The Audies are the only US award program devoted solely to spoken word entertainment.  On September 6, 2011, Johnny presented Keith with the GQ Writer Of The Year award.

life cover   life back
 
November 12, 2010 Entertainment Weekly article
May 24, 2011 TalkBooksWorld.com article about the Audies
May 25, 2011 LA Times article about the Audies
YouTube of Johnny presenting Keith with the GQ Writer Of The Year award



10) Rango - Music From The Motion Picture

Released digitally on February 25, 2011 and on CD March 15, 2011.  The soundtrack earned Hans Zimmer a nomination from the International Film Music Critics Association for Best Original Score for an Animated Film.  
  • "Dialogue snippets performed by Johnny Depp" (and others)
rango front   rango back   rango liner 1   rango CD2   rango liner 3




11)  Lulu Gainsbourg: Ballade de Melody Nelson

Released on the album From Gainsbourg To Lulu on November 14, 2011.
  • "Vocals by (Vanessa Paradis and) Johnny Depp" Johnny's vocals are spoken.
(Johnny Depp also credited with "Bass, Drums and Percussions, Guitars")




12)  Dark Shadows Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: The Joker

Released in mp3 format on May 8, 2012.  Johnny's track is only 17 seconds long and consists of a recitation of part of the refrain of the Steve Miller hit.
  • "The Joker - Johnny Depp"
DS soundtrack   DS soundtrack tracks   DS st back




13)  Kae State featuring Rob Jackson & Jup: Street Runners

Released in mp3 format on the album Collective Bargaining on September 18, 2012.  Voiceover authored by Kate Hadfield. The album was the first company release by Brashk Entertainment, owned by Johnny's nephew Billy Rassel.

  • "Mr Stench"
street runners perez   street runners 1   street runners 2   jhp blurb

Also released on the album The Hookah Lounge, Vol. 1 on May 28, 2013.  
  • "Mr Stench aka Johnny Depp"
hookah front   hookah back   hookah lounge poster

 


14)  Tonto's Giant Nuts Feat. Johnny Depp: Damien Echols Death Row Letter Year 16 1/2

Released on the West Of Memphis: Voices For Justice album on January 15, 2013.  Johnny's spoken words were produced by Bruce Witkin.
  • "Spoken Words"
woms front   woms tracks   woms back

West Of Memphis: Voices For Justice Official Site



15)  Pink Grenade: Gold Blooded

Released on the album Fear Of A Pink Planet on July 22, 2014.  A portion of the same voiceover of Kate Hadfield's piece from Street Runners was used here.  Johnny is uncredited in the album's liner notes, but is credited on YouTube in the description of the accompanying video.  Billy Rassel is credited under Recording Engineer, A&R, and Marketing.
  • YouTube: "ft. Johnny Depp"
pink planet 1   pink planet 12   pink planet 13



16)  Hollywood Vampires: As Bad As I Am

Released on the Digital Deluxe Edition of the Hollywood Vampires album on February 12, 2016.  There is no individual credit given, but Johnny contributes spoken word to the song, in addition to presumably participating on guitar and possibly backing vocals.

vamps itunes   Bad as I am




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