This video (and song) completely sold me on Amy Winehouse. I bought the “Back in Black” CD soon after I saw this video, and it was a good call! That album won 5 Grammys and “Rehab” is definitely one of the reasons behind this win.
In the video, we see Amy waking up in her appartment (or warehouse?), I assume on the day she’s supposed to go into rehab. She sings right to the viewer’s face with quite the attitude about not caring much for rehab. This, surrounded by her musicians who look like they’re in the same mood, lazying out, unmotivated to leave the appartment, playing their instruments in their bathrobes and slippers, laying on a mattress, or sitting in the bath…
I have a thing for musicians following around the protagonist everywhere while playing incessant music, like in Emir Kusturica movies!
With her deep soulful voice, Amy brings us a Motown-style hit, with cool horns and a nice hip hop feel. This video is as cool as it gets. But of course the actual topic of alcohol addiction is no laughing matter.
I heard that the video was directed by Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC (don’t ask me how that came to be, I have no clue). In any case, it’s Amy’s powerful performance that touches the heart here. Her lyrics and performance seem so genuine that we can’t help to be drawn in.
I’m not familiar with every Stevie Wonder album, nor do I like all of his songs, but there are many I do like since there’s such a wide selection to choose from! I can say with no hesitation that he is a major artist who made an immense contribution to music, and society as well in a way. Never giving in to cynicism, he retained an optimism about humanity which, in our current cynical world, is kind of refreshing.
With a career spanning over 50 years, incredibly talented Stevie Wonder is a wonder indeed. He was signed by mystical label Motown at age 11. He’s made some great albums like the “Fullfillingness First Finale”, “Songs in the Key of Life” and “Innervisions”. The 1980 reggay tune “Master Blaster Jammin'” is feel good music at its best (just look at that smiley-faced audience!). Incidentally, has anyone seen one of his live shows? I haven’t, but it seems to be quite an experience! I think you go home happy afterwards.
So there you go, let’s brighten up this November sky with the famous “Superstitions”, the funky “Too High” from Innervisions, and the smooth, yet upbeat “Master Blaster Jammin'”.
I’m kidding, please don’t try that. Us ordinary people just can’t manage. But James Brown was one of a kind.
If you like the “godfather of soul”, you’ll find plenty of goodies here today. The first video is a 40-minute performance from the “Soul Train” TV show. Ah, man, why aren’t there music shows like this on TV anymore?? And how cool are those dancing musicians!
After this non-stop dance performance, I wanted to add the smoother It’s a man’s man’s man’s world, and I found a nice little performance in Paris.
When I first heard the song “Rehab”, I was blown away. Then I saw the video, and I was blown away even more. Then I bought the CD. It had been such a long time since I listened to a song on repeat by a new artist (although it was her second album – “back to black” is indeed the one that blew the doors right open).
Then I heard “You know I’m no good” and “Back to black”… And I thought, in addition to having a great soulfull voice, this woman is a very talented songwriter, again, at such a young age. Her personal relationships seemed to have been awefully painfull though, because those songs are heartbreaking.
Her live acoustic performances say it all. She was a true artist, gone too fast.
Below are the “You know I’m no good” and “Back to black” videos, plus a few acoustic live performances of “Back to black”, “Love is a losing game”, “You know I’m no good”, and “Rehab”.
I’m loving this smooth performance of another great soul classic, “Ain’t no sunshine”.
And the look, so 70’s! From Bill’s orange turtleneck shirt, to the base player’s open collar blouse and light blue stretch jeans, and lets not forget the “I’m chillin’ to this sound” face the drummer is making under his sunglasses.
Let the sunshine in!
But don’t feel lonely guys, it’s all good.
This song… a true classic. I thought I’d share. Another great artist who is sorely missed.