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Sunday Song Lyric:
Amy Winehouse received six nominations for tonight's Grammy Awards, more than any other artist save Kanye West. Still, most speculation has focused not on whether she will win any Grammys, but whether she'd be able to show up and perform at the 50th Anniversary show as scheduled. Coming out of rehab (despite her cries she won't go, go, go), Winehouse was initially denied a visa to enter the U.S. due to "use and abuse of narcotics." A visa was finally obtained at the last minute, but too late for her to make the trip. So now the troubled and talented singer is slated to perform via satellite.


Most of Winehouse's nominations are for her song "Rehab." It's a good song, but those lyrics are no longer operable. So instead here's a taste of her follow-up single, "You Know I'm No Good":

Meet you downstairs in the bar and heard
Your rolled up sleeves and your skull t-shirt
You say what did you do with him today?
And sniff me out like I was Tanqueray

Cause you're my fella, my guy
Hand me your stella and fly
By the time I'm out the door
You tear men down like Roger Moore

I cheated myself
Like I knew I would
I told ya, I was trouble
You know that I'm no good.
Here are the full lyrics, and the video.
JonC:
Great song. There's a typo on the VH1 lyric website though: the line is "you tear me down like Roger Moore."
2.10.2008 10:44am
Hoosier:
I fear that she's going to be the next casualty.

I may be alone among VCers in being a *huge* Nirvana fan. I regret Kurt Cobain's suicide, and feel real pity for the guy: I have no expreince with heroin, but it doesn't seem like many hig-profile addicts ever get free. Winehouse also has that combination of self-destructive behavior linked to (seemingly) depression, and high media interest. A terrible combination.
2.10.2008 11:36am
skyywise (mail):
I read the Rolling Stone article about her a few months ago. My impression of her from that and the following media observations are: (1) she gets that deep, soulful voice out of that tiny body by singing out of the side of her mouth which for anyone else would be called lazy, (2) she is going to be another flames-bright-but-burns-too-quick stars, and (3) no one has yet been able to really reach her to stop the train wreck from happening, so we're all nervously waiting for the other shoe to drop, hoping she gets another album out before expiring.
2.10.2008 12:13pm
Cornellian (mail):
may be alone among VCers in being a *huge* Nirvana fan.

I don't know why you'd think that. I'm a Nirvana fan and I'm sure there are plenty of others around here.
2.10.2008 2:11pm
Cornellian (mail):
she is going to be another flames-bright-but-burns-too-quick stars

Sadly, that appears to be the case, which is a shame as she's very talented. She's pretty much single handedly introduced a kind of neo-Motown sound that's very effective (at least when she sings it).
2.10.2008 2:13pm
Barry P. (mail):
Hoosier: you're not alone here.
2.10.2008 2:50pm
TGGP (mail) (www):
I'm another huge Nirvana fan. Before I first heard them I really didn't care for music, but after I heard Teen Spirit on the radio I got their album and listened to it repeatedly on end, just amazed that anyone could create that kind of sound. It wouldn't be until years later that I heard genuine punk. I'm more likely to prefer any randomly selected Alice in Chains song to a Nirvana one though. The J-Man takes a less respectful view toward the druggy musicians of grunge here (he's inaccurate in that AiC released Facelift in 1990 and the We Die Young single in 89 before Nirvana's Nevermind got big). Amy Winehouse's music is alright as well.
2.10.2008 3:08pm
callao (mail):
She's a great talent, I hope she pulls though stronger.
2.10.2008 6:22pm
Hoosier:
I didn't mean to hijack your thread, Prof. Adler. So just a couple quick responses:

1) Nice to know I'm not alone! One of my coleagues here at Communist Martyrs University has described my taste in music as "atrocious." (But what do I do with that, since he is a big fan of 'Chicago', and so is a fine one to talk?)

2)TGGP--I had no idea AiC had it's root in Hair Metal. The irony is that SLTS wiped Hair bands clean off MTV, and killed that genre. For which Cobain should be given a postumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.
2.11.2008 8:09am
rbj:
I have no expreince with heroin, but it doesn't seem like many hig-profile addicts ever get free

Ray Charles and Eric Clapton both kicked it. Not that I'm suggesting anyone try it because it is possible to get off it. It is a real bitch to kick, from what I understand.
2.11.2008 8:32am
pdanielson (mail) (www):
If anyone wants to hear some more like Amy Winehouse if/when she burns out, just check out Sharon Jones, who is backed up by the Dap Kings, the same group of musicians who helped create Winehouse's sound (and who, I understand, were somewhat miffed that Jones didn't get the same kind of marketing push Winehouse did). Her latest single, "100 Days, 100 Nights," is fantastic:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=8ouI5KcyHfE
2.11.2008 11:01am
xxx:
rehab is a really good, innovative song

but I don't see a good end for Winehouse, unfortunately

makes you wonder, does being a good artist mess you up, or do you need to be messed up to be a good artist?
2.11.2008 2:46pm
Kevin R:
Hey, no insulting Chicago.

Wait, is he a fan of 70s Chicago or 80s Chicago? If it's the 80s version, then never mind, go ahead and insult him. The 70s stuff was great though. (And my parents weren't even married in the 70s, so it's not like that's the stuff I grew up with or anything.)

Nirvana was good, but often overrated... they weren't THAT good, they just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Heck, they're not even the "best band with Dave Grohl as a member"...

Not really a fan of Ms. Winehouse's music.
2.11.2008 2:52pm
Vain Clerk:
Am I alone among VC readers for preferring the Ghostface mix of "You Know I'm No Good"?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPhZpXly9HM

I actually think her [Winehouse's] best role is often as a chorus-maker in a song where someone else does verses, be it rapped or otherwise. Kind of like Pharrell Williams — whose solo career has been woefully disappointing, by the way...
2.11.2008 3:06pm
Spartacus (www):
I'm a fan of both Nirvana and 70s Boston.
2.11.2008 3:20pm
Serendipity:
Having studied at the Eastman School of Music before coming to my senses and transferring to a university, I can honestly say that most great artists are messed up. On the one hand I think you have to some sort of demons to have passion to put in your art form. Think of how whacked out the great artists of any genre were. Berlioz and his opium problem, Picasso and all his demons, Wagner and his anti-Semitism, Van Gogh and his self mutilation...the list is endless. While I doubt anyone would put Winehouse in the same category as Wagner, classical music was regarded by the masses in much the same way that popular music is today. Seems like history repeating itself. On the other hand, at least with artists who discover their talent very young, I believe being so talented stunts their development and ability to function in the real world. Do you know how weird it is to be 14 and all of your friends going out to the roller rink, but you're at home playing Chopin etudes? Or when you're 18 and everyone else is going to a school with lots of people figuring out what they're going to do with their lives, playing beer pong and Edward 40 hands on the weekend, yet you've entered a conservatory with 300 musicians and have decided you're going to dedicate your life to practicing those same Chopin etudes you've been practicing since you were 5?
2.11.2008 5:20pm