If you maintain this lifestyle, you won’t reach 30

I didn’t see Amy Winehouse’s Glastonbury set on BBC2, and I’m not sure I really want to. I’m not particularly a fan, and by all accounts it was a car-crash; a shambling performance from an anorexic drug addict too drunk to perform properly.

Of course, it was predictable that some third-rate NME hack would proclaim it a work of genius. This toxic little squit appears to imply that it’s necessary for someone to be that screwed-up in order to produce great art, and anyone that disagrees is ‘Daily Mail’.

He claims she “is an icon because she can articulate pain and heartbreak through her songs”. I’ve seen more than one person articulating genuine pain and heartbreak through their songs in the past year and a bit, and not one of them is screwed-up drug addict that will be dead within a year if they don’t clean up.

This post is turning into a bit of a rant, I’m afraid. But I have complete contempt for people that idolise such self-destructive behaviour, or voyeuristically gawp at it.

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5 Responses to If you maintain this lifestyle, you won’t reach 30

  1. NRT says:

    I did see some of it: definite car-crash TV. She seemed to have trouble standing, and when introducing the band, she struggled to remember their names. I think – coherent speech seemed a bit beyond her, too.

  2. “toxic little squit”, excellent.

    the attitude of the music industry is apparent in this record label guy’s (some mate of Alan Mcgee) blog entry-
    http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=203387474&blogID=370853846

    “I want my rock stars to be dirty, I want them to be drug taking, sex crazed, brilliant shooting stars that burn out in the rush of brilliance as they scorch the very ground they walk on. I want Doherty, Winehouse,Jones (Brian), coked up, high octane,retro burning beauty that struggles with their inner demons and dance with the devil in the pale moonlight.”

    not long after that he posted a blog lamenting the current problems of Britney Spears (whose initial promotional campaign he says he worked on), not realising his contradiction.

    they don’t care that by letting the artist decline into press-attention-grabbing self-destructive behaviour their golden goose will get killed off.

  3. Steve Jones says:

    Surely there’s some confusion here? I was under the impression that Amy Winehouse is a Little Britain character?

  4. movie buff says:

    they say music is therapeutic… so she has at least that much going for her

  5. Tim Hall says:

    It’s been reported she was awful at the V festival last weekend.