Phenomenal that there are sooooooooo Many posts on SteveForTheDeaf and barely any mention of Amy Winehouse. I’m surprized I haven’t been kicked out of Camden and told I’m no longer welcome. That might be because no one I know is allowed to know that this blog exists. This is just for you guys. My close personal strangers.
OK I did write about Green Day’s Tribute right back in the very first flush of SFTD posts. But the lady of the lock is practically a deity around the borough. She worked her way from waitress to songstress there. She blessed many of the locals with stories of ‘the night when…’
The night when she partied at the Hawley Arms with my mate Claire, the night she sang Karaoke at the little Italian place and blew everyone’s minds, The night the gang from The Dev ended up at her flat. And she lives on now in Camden Town in the street art. From Euston up to Kentish Town there are an ever evolving array of Amy Icon’s, stencils and statues. Those iconic eyes look out upon you all over the place.
She’s part of Camden town like The Clash are on the steps by the Dr. Martens store or like Pink Floyd are at the Roundhouse.
So then, to pick just one Amy Winehouse song? I’m assuming you all know Back To Black. The song and the album. I’m assuming everyone with an interest in quality music in this era knows Back To Black back to back. It’s an iconic record. Too big, too bold and too beautiful for the tragic girl to top. There are really only two Amy albums. Everything else is posthumous compilation and tinged with a hint of cash-in.
I’ve chosen Love’s A Losing Game from that masterpiece of an album because Duffy got me on a musical downer yesterday and if we’re doing a week with The Heartbreak Ladies then Amy is the 21st century queen of all that stuff. Buckle up Buttercup, this could get emotional.