When I was at MTV News, the stories we’d hear about Amy Winehouse were legendary. We could never confirm half of them, so I can not speak of the things I have heard. Besides, it’s not cool to talk shit about the dead. I did get a chance to see her at Lollapalooza in Chicago, and really enjoyed her set.
That said, she had her problems and for that, we should not necessarily give her shit. I mean, she was an addict. Addiction is usually hilarious but then someone dies, and you feel bad that their foibles were your amusement. So, I will not make fun of Amy Winehouse post-mortem, because I talked plenty of shit about her when she was alive. I do think that her autopsy will reveal she’s an extraterrestrial. But that’s just a guess.
Unlike me, my buddy Brian Fair from Shadows Fall did meet Winehouse once, and today, the dude whose voice I wished I had after first hearing Overcast’s furious debut LP Expectational Dilution recalled that chance encounter — the details of which speak volumes.
“I once ran into her in a hotel lobby in London. It was 7 a.m. I was heading out to the airport,” Fair starts. “I was heading out to the airport. She was just coming in like a train wreck. She grabbed my hair and was like ‘I fuckin’ love you’re hair, with spittle flying. I thought she was a homeless person. I brushed her off and went and washed my hair.”
Fair ends his Twitter recollection with “RIP.”
Too soon? Nah — fuck that.
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