"Winehouse has a number of "old school" tattoos of naked women on her body. When asked about them, she was quoted as saying "I like pin-up girls. I’m more of a boy than a girl. I’m not a lesbian, though — not before a sambuca anyway.""
Heh. She has big problems. I am guessing after listening to her for a bit that she is not classically trained, so her talent is just raw. Amazing.
From her wikipedia entry, the woman has problems--big problems--with substance abuse and self-abuse. She won't get very old so enjoy her while you can, I guess. I didn't know her producer is Mark Ronson, who made a song of his own, Stop Me, which is a remake of an old Supremes song. He is obviously talented at making songs from the 50's and 60's sound brand-spanking new--that's a great talent. He has done that for Winehouse to great effect.
Typically, if I like someone's or some group's music, they become shooting stars. So while I am late to the Winehouse fan club, I am pretty sure that her next album will be all the rage--she isn't going anywhere until she kills herself.
July 4th, 2007 6:16am
i picked up both albums this weekend. "Frank" is rawer, more of a home produced sound, but it's killing. She sounds like Sassy on "no greater love", she really has some of that phrasing. I thought of Nancy Wilson too (whose voice I adore). (Cue the muppet geezers, "no school like the old school ..." - but damn, it's true, a strong voice with great time and pitch, are timeless. Ya hear me Madge?)
The second I've only scanned the first few tracks of, and it sounds even tougher. Big studio sound, heavy horn section, the whole thing. "Rehab" kind of gives me tingles, the authority that she takes those first few notes with.
She obviously has a complicated love life, and gets to the edge, but she may still live to be a hundred. Sassy was a party animal too.
Anyhow, Amy is showing the pretenders where it's at. Thank god.
Nancy Wilson! Wow, so few people I know listen to her music.
I love her. My mother's best friend, when I was a kid, was a fan and I had a crush on her, so...
Guess Who I saw Today - gives me chills--have a listen to a bit:
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July 4th, 2007 7:35am
I got into her when someone gave me this album "Nancy Wilson with the Cannonball Adderley quintet". She sings this really corny song on there, "Happy Talk" - and she makes it sound so hip, all that beautiful sexy way of phrasing ... she is something, really something. I love her.
I would buy that collection in an instant.
I saw Aretha's "Amzing Grace" gospel thing too, which I have heard is absolutely mind blowing, but it was kind of pricey. I'm gonna have to look out for it. I gorged on really cheap compilations of Al Greene, Booker T, and Curtis Mayfield instead, which were all big holes in my collection. Also got some Villa-Lobos solo piano stuff, which is amazing. Imagine if Chopin came from Brazil ...
music is just too good some times. makes up for a lot of shitty things in life.