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'27 Club' Gets Another Member

Have you heard? Pop singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home yesterday. There's no official cause of death at this point, but we all know Amy had her demons: she battled drug addiction and mental illness. Amy was just out of rehab and apparently getting ready for another tour. Her death means the so-called "27 Club" gets another member. Other musicians that died at age 27 include Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix.

I must interject a hearty "What a waste!" right here. Here's Amy's biggest hit, "Rehab."

Reader Comments (8)

I agree. Eerily, too, probably the purest talent since Cobain, as well. Though a better singer than he, she wasn't quite as original, owing much of her sound to 60's Pop, Motown and R&B.

Though Cobain's influences were many (He cited Zeppelin, AC/DC and Cheap Trick among them), they are much more difficult to trace in his music, thus he was the most talented, original sounding composer and performer in Rock'n'Roll since John Lennon.

What a tragedy! May Winehouse's voice be echoing off the clouds
with that great big band in the sky.

p.s. Gaga's up there but not quite on the same level as either Cobain or Winehouse. Though a terrific singer, songwriter and a much more grandiose performer than both, she's indebted to lesser, though quite notable talents, namely Madonna and Bette
Midler, as well as the current hitmeisters of the last decade,
primarily, Jay-Z.

p.s.s.t. I will never forget the bad feeling and sense of foreboding loss I experienced when I heard uberproducer Mark Ronson had to cancel sessions for he and Winehouse to write and record the theme song for the last Bond flick, due to her inability to work at the time. Should she have been able to keep
it together for that project, it had "#1 Hit" written all over it and pending Super-Super Stardom for her as she was such a natural choice to be the one to do it. When it all went down, I thought to myself, "That's it for her." (Maybe Gaga will do the theme for the upcoming Bond movie. She'd kill it, for sure). One subsequent triumph for Winehouse came after she blew her chances to do the Bond theme, when she performed live on the Grammys. Everyone was waiting for a train wreck like a bunch of NASCAR vultures in the stands at the racetrack, when she turned in one of the most astounding and pure pop performances in Music History of the last 35 years. I strongly suggest everyone watch it (on YouTube, etc.) to be reminded what REAL Music is. After the Grammy Performance, she proceeded to collect a treasure trove of Grammys, increasingly humbled with every win as though she never expected it or felt she deserved it. This is how she should be remembered.
July 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I'm with Metalboy. This girl indeed had a true talent.Was I surprised when the news broke yesterday? Not one iota,as you could see the writing on the wall for a long time now. Like the Crue sang in Dancing On Glass, "When you dance with the devil, your day will come to pay." And how ironic is it that her biggest hit was called Rehab....RIP Amy
July 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary
And here we go with more ppl gushing over Amy Winehouse...geesh!! It's sad for her friends and family, but that's about it! Next subject...
July 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkariand
Ain't you just a fucking ray of sunshine!! LOL. I'm certainly not "gushing", just pointing out that she wasted a lot of talent and paying my respects like I would to anyone who passes. ;>).
July 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary
wow metalboy, I didn't know anyone from the bringbackglam world liked Kurt Cobain. Strong words about him and I agree completely. Impressed with your remarks
July 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWill
She probably killed herself on purpose so she could be remembered along with those guys.She doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as fucking icons and visionaries such as Morrison, Hendrix and Jones. She was a stupid girl with a good (not great) voice who was slightly more talented than her pop contemporaries and wrote some mildly accessible tunes. If anyone remembers her in a year, let alone 30, I'd be very surprised.
July 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterahappypunk
No sympathy what so ever for any of the "27 club".

They had the world by the short hairs and screwed it up. They made the choice, they were the cause of their demise.

You want to have sympathy, look at our veterans coming home from overseas in coffins, or with life changing injuries. Those are the people we should idolize, not some druggie or alcoholic with more money that most of us would ever have.

I love music, but have no respect for someone who has such a wonderful talent and screws it up because of stupidity.
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