Archive for February 11th, 2008

Amy Winehouse rocks the Grammys….and my world!

my girl Amy 

My faith in the music industry is officially restored! Amy wins nearly every award for which she was nominated, and, more importantly, rocks the house with a crisp yet nasty medley of “You Know I’m No Good” and “Rehab”. The only award she was denied, Album of The Year, went to Herbie Hancock for “River: The Joni Chronicles”, ironically one of the only CDs of the last year that I actually have in its entirety (and a darn good one, assuming you dig jazz). While it might have been an advantage for Amy to be performing from London, in what appears to be a comfortable nightclub setting, surrounded by supporters and loved ones (save husband Blake: incarcerated, as she refered to him), bear in mind that it was 3:45 a.m. there. The video, already on YouTube, captures her performance and her acceptance speech for Record Of The Year (arguably the most important Grammy of them all) sandwich around what must have been the longest two and a half minutes imaginable for her and her audience, as Tony Bennet and Natalie Cole honor the late Doris Day with a lifetime acheivement Grammy. Luckily, YouTube is “fast-forwardable”, ’cause you want to see her acceptance, which goes from deer-in-the-headlights shock to the tightest, best, rock-and-roll thank you in about 90 seconds (only the last 30 seconds of which she speaks).

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Amy is what rock and roll is all about. This is not some precious retro “Snorah Jones” schmaltz; it’s more like Brian Setzter’s modernized yet authentic rockabilly, which, in 1981-2, was conspicuously unique on the  alt-rock charts, then dominated by Soft Cell, Missing Persons, and The Clash’s “Rock The Casbah”

In other news, Gnarls Barkley, inexplicable loser of the 2007 Record of The Year Grammy (to The Dixie Chicks) have a new single. I don’t know about you, but I can listen to Amy Winehouse for hours, and I can take about ten minutes of Gnarls (maybe about 10 seconds of this new single), which is too bad. Obviously, Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo intended their Gnarls colaboration to be a one-off, but the lure of fame/fortune/etc. in the wake of the “Crazy” juggernaut was not to be resisted. Unlike other side project colaborations (Gorillaz, for example), this one seems to me to lack legs.
Gnarls at Avalon 8/11/2006
Gnarls at Avalon 8/11/2006
click to play “Run” by Gnarls Barkley

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