Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The new black

Forget grey. Rehab is the new black. And I am not just referring to the current vogue for the old bait and switch known as Rehab. Over the last several months, rehabilitation has become the cure for a disease even more damaging to a public figure than substance abuse: Bad PR.

And if memory serves this all started with Mel Gibson who went to rehab for being a racist. Since him rehab has become little more than a red herring for public figures in want of attention. Rehab is supposed to be a place for people with real problems to seek help, not a publicity stunt for people whose problems are intolerance, flexible morality and the flash of a papparazzi's camera.

Am I the only one tired of the famous and the infamous trying to find fame in rehab redemption? I feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz being told not to pay attention to the man behind the green curtain. Or in the words of Amy Winehouse, "they tried to make me go to rehab. I said no, no, no."

And after seeing Amy Wino's (sorry, too easy) awesome live performance (catch her if you can) last night at London's Astoria, I have assumed her as my new hero. Forget the gooey romanticism of Bridget Jones, dare I say Amy epitomises a new sort of feminism? Part vocal vamp, part north London Jewish girl, and part self-confessed alcoholic; Amy is all character. And that is why she is above making a mockery of rehab. I'll drink to that!

Amy's UK tour starts tomorrow.
Gig dates here.
London: 8/3, 9/3 (Shepherds Bush Empire)
NYC: 13/3 (Bowery Ballroom)


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Anonymous honkman said...

I could have gone last night! But I passed on the offer. Personally there is nothing worse than standing amongst a crowd of people, all smoking, drinking and very much younger than me waiting for a band to come on stage (inevitably late) - when its a Monday night and I have to get up for work a few hours later. My aging years have found my fun, frivolous side and are dampening their spirit. I don't feel that bothered.

4:58 pm  
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Anonymous Tanya said...

I also really really love Miz Amy Winehouse and had the pleasure of meeting her a few weeks back for the first time.

I was rather sad when she wasn't totally shitfaced drunk, though she was very cute and cool. Then she talked some gibberish about Michael Jackson. SO maybe she was drunk after all?!

5:14 pm  
Anonymous badgelady said...

In the words of Amy Winehouse "what kind of Fuckery is this?" honkman?

5:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cheered hystericly when Amy Winehouse won the Brit for best female as i have a strong hate towards Lilly Allen. I'd like to see Amy Winehouse fight her!

5:42 pm  
Anonymous ella said...

Winehouse is the kind of artist that will be remembered with a tear in the eye decades down the line,

5:48 pm  
Anonymous fashionistawhore said...

Mixing jazz, hip-hop, soul and a whole host of other genres, the music comes right from the heart of this straight up London girl.

You'll find it almost impossible not to fall in love with her sassy, sultry and exciting debut, which with its own sound like nothing you've ever heard before.

5:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am seeing her in Liverpool this Friday - can't wait.

6:04 pm  
Anonymous bighouselittleman said...

Totally agree CS!

This rehab bandwagon is taking a speed of its own. Forget prisons it is more rehab centres we need!

6:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy Winehouse has passion and edge!

6:47 pm  
Anonymous Genie said...

Nice one CS!

If you’ve not heard the album yet, and you like the sound of sixties soul-y girl groups, motown and brass all with a minor hip-hop twist then I totally urge you to check out Back To Black. Rehab even gets played at Miss-Shapes and the amazing Unskinny Bop, and I’ve no doubt You Know I’m No Good will be going the same way. In fact, everyone’s favourite Pop Idol was at Miss-Shapes this week and stood drinking by the bar all night - only when we played Rehab did he dance, complete with a run-to- the-dancefloor -when-he-heard-it-start move. If you want to check out some songs that aren’t the singles, then try the title track, Me & Mr Jones (Fuckery) and Tears Dry On Their Own first

I might start hanging out more in Camden, I want Amy to be my Chanukah drinking buddy.

6:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a fun blog!

Great meeting you last night City Slicker...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going to rehab, or saying you are, is just another way of generating good PR. Do you think Kate Moss does less chang now? N-to-the-izzo!

I like Amy Winehouse now more than ever - give me music made with feeling anyday over bland, soulless R&B. She's proper tings.

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