Monday, July 25, 2011

Thoughts on Amy Winehouse

She was born September 14, 1983 and died July 23, 2011.  I wasn't a huge fan by any means, but I did enjoy her music.  She had a very unique voice and songs were funny, sad, ironic, and interesting to listen to.

Although the autopsy so far is inconclusive, anyone who followed her in the least must believe it must somehow be related to alcohol and drugs.  Her hit song was titled "Rehab" and I'm quite sure it was taken from real life experience.  "They tried to make me go to rehab, I said, 'No no no'".

Interestingly, she died at the age of 27 which puts her in an increasingly non-unique category of musicians.  They've even got a name, "The 27 Club".  The famous members of the club are, of course, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain.

I'm not much on disparaging dead people.  Of the four artists listed above, Kurt was the only one I didn't care for.  So today, on the Russ Martin Show, when a caller called in adamantly complaining that people were going to put Amy Winehouse on a level with Kurt, it irritated me to the point that I felt the need to blog.

His complaint was the that her music sucked, she only had two albums out and she had no influence.  Not like Kurt who seemed to have some sort of godlike status in this deranged moronic stupid ass listener's brainless opinion.

First, he needs to somehow develop an IQ.  Then, he needs to learn to read.  Then, he needs to learn the difference between fact and opinion.

Of course, the most disheartening part was that Russ let him on the air and didn't degrade him.  He is normally very good at degrading morons.  I was mostly disappointed that Russ agreed with the stupidity.  It was very disappointing.

Here's a quote from Soundunwound: "Platinum selling and five time Grammy winning singer Amy Winehouse has died at the age of 27. Well known for her soulful voice, Winehouse's numerous hits include "Stronger Than Me," "Love is a Losing Game," and "Rehab." Her platinum selling album, Back to Black, helped usher in a new era for female vocalists from Adele to Lady Gaga."

I always thought she was pretty.  She was prettier before she started doing the drugs and alcohol.  It's just a shame that someone that talented has to die.


  1. It's sad that Winehouse is dead but I have to agree that she is not on the same level as Kurt Cobain.
    Kurt Cobain and his band Nirvana ushered in a new sound that was grunge. Amy Winehouse was a good singer but her influence is not as deep as Kurt Cobain.
    However both of them are idiots who wasted their gifts with drugs.

  2. I can't say whether I agree or not. I completely disliked Nirvana. There is not one song of theirs that I enjoyed listening to.

    Did they usher in a new style of music? Perhaps. But, everyone is influenced by someone.

    It's a rather opinionated business to say that one artist is more influential than another. Someone would have to break it down mathematically.