When I first heard the "More Fish" album by Ghostface and listened to the song "You know I'm no good", I just figured the woman singing was a 60's era sample that they snatched from one of those James Bond movies back in the day. Little did I know at the time but that song, minus Ghostface, was originally on an album entitled "Back to Black" by a young woman hailing from England named Amy Winehouse. Her coming from the land of the union jack didn't surprise me in the least because I feel that foreigners have a greater respect for R&B and Hip Hop than many people in the states to be completely honest, but I was just intrigued to learn more about her and how someone of her age could have such a depth to her voice. Before I heard the album, I read accounts of her performing drunk on television shows, punching fans and beating up her boyfriend, heckling Bono, the more I researched this young woman the more I got a chubby, feeling that I had found a kindred spirit. Then I heard the album, a throwback of sorts listening to musical arrangements that you might have heard years ago, a welcome sound to the eardrums when blistering non-talents like Ciara and Keisha Cole dominate the public airwaves. But the album, on a lyrical level seems like the soundtrack of my life(minus the tits, strong singing voice, race, and country of origin that is...) She talks about people wanting her to go to rehab, relationship issues, and people smoking up all her weed, truly a woman after my own heart. Plus, you can't help but love a woman who starts off a song with "What kind of fuckery is this??"
It's hard to talk about someone from a different continent with any sort of accuracy because of our lack of exposure to said artist, but from all accounts she has dropped a significant amount of weight due to eating disorders and has a severely destructive drinking problem.(There are some telling pictures) Here's to hoping she gets some help, if I can do it I know she can. Granted, I only feel that I'm cured because I've stopped taking marijuana shotguns out of prostitutes vaginas.. Anyway, here is her myspace page.
Amy Winehouse when talking about her tattoos: “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."