Johnny Depp in Sheffield band Christmas song row

BER13 - 20010210 - BERLIN, GERMANY : A undated, recent handout image from the film 'Chocolat' showing actors Johnny Depp (R) and Juliette Binoche. The film, a story of a chocolaterie in a smal French town, is screened and competes during the Berlinale Film Festival, 10 February 2001. The film is directed by Lasse Hallstroem. EPA PHOTO DPA/MIRAMAX INTERNATIONAL/HO

BER13 - 20010210 - BERLIN, GERMANY : A undated, recent handout image from the film 'Chocolat' showing actors Johnny Depp (R) and Juliette Binoche. The film, a story of a chocolaterie in a smal French town, is screened and competes during the Berlinale Film Festival, 10 February 2001. The film is directed by Lasse Hallstroem. EPA PHOTO DPA/MIRAMAX INTERNATIONAL/HO

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HOLLYWOOD superstar Johnny Depp has got together with former Sheffield chart band Babybird on their Christmas single and sparked a religious storm.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean pin-up was hoping to rival The X Factor with the song Jesus Stag Night Club.

But it’s come under fire from religious groups who want the song banned from the airwaves.

The song tells the tale of a boozing, stolen-car-driving Jesus look-alike who gets his kicks at lap-dancing clubs.

Depp, aged 48, a long- time fan of the You’re Gorgeous hitmakers, helped to finance their pop comeback and plays guitar on the song – the first track on their new and sixth studio album, The Pleasures of Self Destruction.

He is said to be “not concerned” about the resulting controversy.

Babybird frontman Stephen Jones, 49, said: “Some people have no sense of humour.”

But Lee Douglas, spokesman for the religious pressure group The Christian Coalition, lashed Depp for his “blasphemy”.

He said: “I’m sure he thinks he’s being very funny but one day they will face the judgement of our Lord.”

The Focus on the Family campaign group also ripped into Depp over the “appalling” song.

A spokesman said: “It is a slap in the face to Christians all over the world.”

It is the second time Depp has recorded with the one-time Sheffield band.

He first joined Babybird on last year’s album Ex-Maniac, to play on their song Unloveable and he also directed the music video for it.

Depp, who dropped out of high school to become a rock musician, has also played guitar previously on the Oasis song Fade In-Out.

He joined Shane MacGowan on Top of the Pops, was seen playing the guitar in movie Chocolat and had a singing role in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd. Depp also famously based his on-screen pirate character Jack Sparrow on hellraising Rolling Stones guitarist, Keith Richards.