Since her Grammy-sweeping breakthrough with Back To Black
in 2006, rehab-resistant, beehived Brit badgirl Amy Winehouse has been frustratingly missing in action, concentrating more on her new island life in St. Lucia, various bar brawls and court appearances, and her divorce from Blake Incarcerated than on recording any actual new follow-up music. During this hiatus, other rebel-divas, like the similarly soulful Duffy, Florence Welch, and Adele, and the similarly sassy Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, and Katy Perry, have come along and stolen all of Amy's thunder. Snooki from "Jersey Shore" even stole her hairstyle! It was starting to seem like Amy's career had gone back to black, for good.
But now Amy has finally reared her bouffant-topped head. Sure, her new song isn't an original, and it's just a one-off for Quincy Jones's new allstar album Q: Soul Bossa Nostra.
But the track does re-team her with Mark Ronson, the producer who helmed Back To Black
and made her a star. (Amy's remake of the Zutons' "Valerie" was arguably the best cut on Mark's 2007 covers album Version
The result of this Winehouse/Ronson reunion is another cover, this time of Lesley Gore's "It's My Party (And I'll Cry If I Want To)," which was Quincy's first big hit single in 1963. Amy's version is a knowing nod and winged-eyeliner'd wink to the girl-group era that inspired Back To Black
's throwback style, although, from the sound of Amy's gargling-with-whiskey vocal, the title ought to be "It's My Party (And I'll Chug A Fifth Of Jack Daniel's And Then Go Nod Off In The Corner For Four Hours If I Want To)."
But hey, what's an Amy Winehouse song without a little messy drama and slurry speech? That's why we love her; Amy was the original diva who woke up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy and brushed her teef with a bottle of Jack, after all.
However, this might be the only new recording from Amy for a while, since last we heard, she and Mark had yet to actually start work on her third album. Sadly, until she and Mark finally get back in the studio, the only new Winehouse album available in stores is the one her father, Mitch Winehouse, put out this year. Seriously.
What do YOU think of Amy's "It's My Party" remake?
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