yeah, it’s monday, and i’m feelin’ a little bold. i stand behind my statement: amy winehouse is over.before we get into this, let’s see a raise of hands as to who would like to see amy and britney in a grudge match? they wouldn’t even have to physically fight. it would be a battle of worse hair and make-up. and disgustingness. i really couldn’t pick the winner at this point.
anyway, why is this statement true, you ask? why would i say a talented girl with a platinum record is over? because we know her. the end.
we see how she lives her personal life and it’s pathetic. we see how she behaves, dresses, eats, talks, walks, cries, does her hair, and shops. and none of it is pretty or attractive or pleasant to watch. in fact, it makes her look crazy and lost and weird and unstable and on drugs and dumb and out of control.
here’s the part where you say, ‘so what? she’s not the first artist to go off the deep end or do drugs or live a totally reckless life. remember keith richards? remember jimi hendrix? remember fleetwood mac? remember motley crue’s behind the music? (most famous quote on any tv show, ever, “i woke up and the needle was still in my arm.”) these are rock stars. this is nothing new.’
and this is absolutely true. but, watching a famous person’s personal life is new.
did we see nikki sixx after he’d done a hit and was acting like a weirdo? no. did we see keith richards daily behaving like a crazy man when he was out of his mind on whatever he got his hands on that day? nope. did we see the members of fleetwood mac sleeping with each other on a regular basis? no. we’ve all heard the stories, but that is WAY different than actually seeing it on a daily basis. would we have still worshiped the rolling stones if we saw keith in his bloated, barfed-out, disgusting phases, walking the streets of london? who knows. it was definitely to their advantage that the paparazzi wasn’t around to document his every move at that point in time.
and this is why amy winehouse is over. but wait, britney is way more heavy on the crazy than amy! why isn’t britney over? simple: britney was manufactured. she is not a talented singer or songwriter. she is an act that was created, produced, and distributed. she’s not over because she didn’t make her own success; it was made for her. and at some point, someone will try and do it again. we’ve always known she was created and the way she’s behaving now is probably the real her. we’re just seeing it for the first time because she’s fired everyone that kept her under wraps.
amy is talented. she is singer who can actually sing. and actually writes her own songs. (for you young kids out there, there once was a time when the person singing the song actually wrote what they were singing. long, long time ago.) she is someone we believed in because she was the real deal. and we liked what we saw in her personal life: pre-crazy, pre-drugs, pre-weirdo husband, pre-early morning wanderings, pre-blond hair, pre-bloody fights.
now, i hear a winehouse song on XM and i immediately think, ‘icky, dirty, ballet slippers, bloody face, running eye make-up, and wandering the streets at 3am in a bra.’ and i turn the station. and i used to be a big fan of hers in the beginning. i loved ‘back to black’ as much as the next girl. but when a girl that obviously now needs rehab is singing that she won’t go, it’s not as funny.
what does this have to do with anything? this: people are more inclined to do business with people they like and trust. amy winehouse, although talented, is a business. because we can see how she behaves in her everyday life, she’s not as appealing because a) she’s crazy and b) it’s affecting her performances. the likeness and trust factors are both falling fast.
why am i writing about this? because you can apply this entire concept to businesses today. in the olden times, it was okay for businesses to hide everything from the public. whether what they were hiding was actually good or bad; it was acceptable. now, people want to know the ins and outs and whys and hows in order to be ‘friends’ with you. the more they know, they more they like, the more they trust, the more likely they are to do business with you. OR it can work the absolute opposite way, too. like in amy’s case.
disagree? let me hear it. i’m all ears.