Monday, September 10, 2007

amy amy amy

Catching up with blog friends yesterday, I was visiting World O' Jeff, my source for all things retro, gay and fabulous. Along with his recent near plane crash (which inspired my dream of a crash landing, thanks pal), Jeff introduced me to Amy Winehouse.

Oh lord, do y'all know this woman? Have you been keeping her secret? I am enchanted. I can't quit listening to this song. Delicious heartbroken diva. Love her.

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Blogger Jeff said...

Hey Darlin-
Thanks for the shout out. I thought I'd have to get arrested in a public restroom to catch your eye.

Sorry about the nighmares, I hope this is an isolated incident and not a typical reaction. Could make a fella insecure.

Isn't Amy fabulous? The album is Back to Black, and it's so impressive. I love the Ronettes drum beat just before she sings "black".

September 10, 2007 10:34 AM  
Blogger BigAssBelle said...

jeff, me too. i think that's what got me at first. but listening to the song now (50) over and over :-) there's so much more to it. sad that she's a troubled diva, but then i've always been a fan of troubled girls so nothing new there.

September 10, 2007 10:38 AM  
Blogger kusala said...

Haha! Woman, where were you back in March when I posted this on my blog!?:

I think that was before we started our blog love affair ;-) I'll give you a pass on this one!

Poor Amy got a little overplayed ("Rehab") this summer, but "Back to Black" will still always make me swoon. You should check her other songs out on YouTube, especially "Rehab" (and you know the 'mos love that one).

September 10, 2007 12:50 PM  
Blogger SubtleKnife said...

Yes, we all know her and were keeping her a secret from you.

Jeff broke the code and must be punished... ;-)

She's great, but she's going to self-destruct soon if she keeps going like this.

September 10, 2007 3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy Winehouse sings like the love child of "Little Anthony" of the Imperials and Shirley Ellis of "The Name Game." But she is better than either, and is more subversive than most pop singers I've heard.

I envy sobriety - yours, Belle, and that of everyone else who has crossed back into reality. But don't we all love Amy because she hasn't?

Although I'm more interested in your conclusions, mine have to do with how she makes us cringe at good intentions. The power of her provocation has fans not just taken, but shaken by the art, identity, and paparazzi shots of Amy Winehouse. As if she could have possibly done "Rehab" sober!

Ditto Tennessee Williams, Billie Holiday, Busby Berkeley, and countless unavoidable collisions of alcoholism and genius.

--Freddy in P'town

September 10, 2007 9:39 PM  
Anonymous lynette said...

joe, i missed it, or maybe you weren't yet my blog sweet thang back then. since you snapped my head out of my ass a few days back, i am mucho grateful.

SK ~ yes, looks like it, the self destruction. and don't spank jeff, for it. i'm in love with this woman. i keep thinking billie holiday.

freddie, honey . . . perfect: "countless unavoidable collisions of alcoholism and genius." i think that's what i'm hearing, some kind of godawful drunk heartbroken angst. amazing voice.

September 10, 2007 9:59 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...


I think you're right- she is our Billie Holiday, with just a tiny touch of Elvira and some Ronettes for good measure.

Do we love her because she's troubled? No, we love her because she's fabulous but she's fabulous and authentic because she's troubled and knows heartache.

And we root for her, beautiful sorrowful sparrow that she is.

September 10, 2007 10:32 PM  
Blogger Big said...

If you like Amy Winehouse, you better enjoy her while she lasts, because the way she is heading she will end up like Janis Joplin.

September 11, 2007 9:13 PM  
Blogger Big Fella said...

Drat, blasted multiple blog hosts and user names, that was me up there...

September 11, 2007 9:15 PM  
Blogger Ms. Place said...

Outrageously talented. Glad you found her, dahling. She's been a fave of mine since NPR highlighted her songs on Fresh Air last spring.

September 13, 2007 6:26 AM  
Anonymous grrsteve said...

Lynette, sorry to not have mentioned her earlier... I've had her CD on rotation since last spring. "Back to Black" was the first video I saw (and still my favorite).

If you like authenticity, check out music by Ray Lamontagne and his CD "Til the Sun Turns Black".

(I haven't forgotten to write to you. It's been a looooooooong and trying week, sweetheart.)

September 13, 2007 7:58 PM  
Anonymous said...

A brilliant tran wreck. Hope you are doing well!! XOXO Carrie

September 28, 2007 1:42 PM  

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