Although nowadays an advocate of clean living and a teetotaler meself, I can't help but have a soft spot for those messy, tatted up tough girls who 'keeps it real' so to speak. Amy Winehouse is one of the most genuine soul singers I've heard in a long time, with none of the histrionic vocal stylings found in every Mariah Carey wannabe out there in pop music these days. Her offstage antics make Britney look like Laura Ingalls Wilder, but all of that aside, the girl can sing.

Anyone listening to her? Here's her video "Rehab" on Youtube.
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Yes, I liked that line too and thought of our own Ms. Hathaway.

I also really love 'Back to Black' which is very Phil Spector. Her beehive and eyeliner are very Ronnie Spector, aren't they? I have to confess I don't know a lot about Spector and his 'wall of sound' other than his work with the Ramones and as the crazy guy on trial with the crazy hair. Watching some of those Youtube interviews with Amy Winehouse, though, she references the Crystals song "He Hit Me and It Felt Like A Kiss" (Co-Written by Carole King(?!) and arranged by Spector) so its safe to say he is probably an influence. Amy likes the song and says that even though most people would find it offensive because it is about domestic violence, she understands it completely. She has certainly earned her 'blues chops' at a young age, that's for sure.
I do love her cracked out image and voice and devil may care bravado.... but am sort of a wee bit worried as to how contrived she might be... I see and read all these reports and ole pics of her as this Page 3 bimbette JEP (Jewish English Princess). And now I see her cracked out an tatted out.... its all a wee bit Peaches Geldof rebellion against her good life perhaps... I still like her.
Amy before and after... who is the REAL one

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I think experimenting with your look is a pretty typical thing to do in your early 20s, she is only 23. She does look ghastly in the street pic, its sad that she is bordering on anorexic now. She does have a major talent and I would rather see her than a cookie cutter Britney look-a-like any day, contrived or no. All of that persona shit in the end is contrived, there are few who come to a look these days that isn't derivative of someone. To me the bottom line is about the music and there is a video of her holding her own on stage with Paul Weller which to me says it all.

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