One of the best times of my life was working at Lush in Covent Garden after college. At Lush, the staff was allowed to play its own music, but we kept certain consensuses. We all seemed to agree on Scissor Sisters, Robyn, the Kooks and most especially, Amy Winehouse. Back to Black had only just been released in the UK when I was over there, so we used to blast “Rehab” on repeat throughout the day. Whenever I hear the intro to this song I get transported back to the shampoo room in the old Lush store and I remember all the wonderful smells, joyous times and kind friends from that place.
I was hoping she would release another album, but recently gave up hope. It’s a damn waste that she’s gone. Her talent was ridiculous. Musically, she’s already influenced a generation of pop artists. I hope that her influence remains musical, though. You know people are going to try to martyr her now…which…is tricky. At least she left one masterpiece album behind. On that note, all I can think is how her fans should thank Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi for producing that album. They were the only two producers who really knew how to get the best out of her artistically and how to create music that complimented her voice.
RIP Amy Winehouse