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Michael Bolton Says First Drafts Of Lonely Island’s “Jack Sparrow” Were “Nasty,” “Vile”

When Michael Bolton was in the red chair recently he told George that putting together the mega-hit parody song "Jack Sparrow" with The Lonely Island required lots of time and effort to get done.

First, Bolton had to be able to embrace the ridiculousness of working with Island-ers Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.

"Yeah," told George. "To an extent you have to make fun of yourself to do something with the Lonely Island guys. Their brand is shock and humour at their every expense. What works is when you commit to it. It pays off each scene."

Then, Bolton and The Lonely Island had to agree on a version of the song that wasn't too offensive. 

"The first meeting in Los Angeles at a hotel conference room and I was sitting across from the three of them and I said, 'My  daughters are so excited that I’m here.' And Andy Sandberg said, 'My mother is going nuts.'

"I said, 'I read your treatment and I really want to work with you guys but, this is so nasty, I can’t do it.' The first treatment was pretty vile. Funny. But not to my core fans who would probably just go, 'Why?'

"I said, 'Can you tweak it?' They said, 'We can do that.'

"I figured they’re really too busy and about two weeks later, Andy Sandberg emailed me. (I thought) 'Oh, this is funny,' but it’s actually nastier. 'Great that you spent more time on this but please go in the opposite direction so I can do this!' And its just six-seven months pass and I’m in Atlanta and I get an email and I go, 'Oh, I can do this.'"

The rest, they say, is the tale of a pirate so brave on the seven seas...

Watch George's interview with Michael Bolton on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 pm on CBC.

credits
Simplicity Pattern No. 2334 - Simplicity Creative Group
Group of boys with hoes standing in the unplanted garden - U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Department of the Interior.Bureau of Indian Affairs

HELLO, JACK! - Making Words Work, Armstrong Robert
Boys of Alabama - John Ripley Forbes

To Love Somebody - Sony Music Entertainment
1992
SNL/Lonely Island video - NBC, Broadway Video, SNL Studios
2011

Sittin on the Dock of the Bay - Sony Music Entertainment
1987
Gems/Michael Bolton Duets Collection - Montaigne Records, Legacy Recordings, Sony Music
2011

Blackjack - Polydor Records Inc.
1979
Michael Bolton, Michael Bolton album - Sony Music Entertainment
1983

Soul Provider - Columbia, 1989
Timeless - Columbia, 1999

Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Montaigne Records, 2013

Time, Love and Tenderness - Sony Music Entertainment
1991
Violence Against Women Rally - MRC TV, Media Research Center
2012

New Haven 1970's - Andy Blair