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Ian McShane remembers smoking “large spliff” and recording Grace Jones hit ‘Slave To The Rhythm’

Ian McShane has shared the story of how he “smoked a large spliff” with music producer Trevor Horn before recording the opening of ‘Slave To The Rhythm’.

The British actor, best known for his roles in Deadwood, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and John Wick, shared details about the meeting in a recent interview with The Guardian.

Speaking about the producer, who worked with artists including Seal, LeAnn Rimes and Frankie Goes To Hollywood, McShane said: “I’ve known Trevor forever.”

He shared how the meeting began in a restaurant: “I was having fish and chips back in 1985 with my wife in Notting Hill Gate. He was at another table and said: ‘Ian, how are you? What are you doing after dinner? Do you want to come over and do something?’”

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Trevor Horn at Wembley Arena on November 11, 2004. CREDIT: Getty/Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Redferns

Mcshane continued: “So we went back in the studio, smoked a large spliff, and did the opening of ‘Slave To The Rhythm’.”

‘Slave To The Rhythm’ by Jamaican singer, model and actor Grace Jones, was released in October 1985 as part of her seventh album of the same name.

At the start of the track, McShane’s spoken voice can be heard saying: “Ladies and gentleman, Miss Grace Jones, Slave To The Rhythm”.

Horn co-formed the band the Art Of Noise, which co-wrote several hits including ‘Slave To The Rhythm’, which was originally intended to be a second single for Frankie Goes To Hollywood as a follow-up to ‘Relax’.

Elsewhere, last December Horn teamed up with Iggy Pop to share a cover of the 1990 Depeche Mode track ‘Personal Jesus’.

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