“So take me away. I don’t mind. But you better promise me, I’ll be back in time. . .”

High Fidelity

When I was in junior high school (middle school to some), I went through a period with thoughts I’d always wear my jeans with a cuff.  Yes, it started with the famed tight-roll which evolved into several loose-fitting versions depending on the length.  Regardless of the technique or style, I swore I’d never wear straight-laced pants in my life.  Then I went to high school.

Trends in music can be just as fickle.  One can start out with people claiming a certain sound or band or singer has changed the landscape of music forever.  It can then quickly resemble a silly fad the next morning.

Last year, a few artists and collaborations tinkered with sounds and melodies reminiscent of yesteryear.  Christina Aguilera (apologies in advance to those offended to see her name on this blog) and the tongue-in-cheek duo, Gnarls Barkley, both had quite a bit of success mixing R&B with soul and jazz to give us modernized vintage pop songs.

A couple of female singers from the United Kingdom are following suit with this trend.  Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone are both releasing albums in the States (though Winehouse’s album dropped in Europe last year) with music that embodies a sound from when our parents were growing up.   

Amy Winehouse has drawn comparisons to a plethora of famed singers such as Billie Holiday and Lauryn Hill.  Her songs are mixed with jazz and R&B stylings of the 1950’s and 1960’s. 

I was first exposed to the alternate version of “Rehab” which was remixed by Hot Chip.  If you’re familiar with Hot Chip, you’ll hear quite a bit of their influence when listening to the song. 

Winehouse pens all of her lyrics and this song is no different.  In it, she discusses the pressure of being asked to go into rehab for alcohol abuse after gaining some notoriety in England upon the release of her debut album in 2003.  She publically refused the inquiry much to the dismay of loved ones and the local media.  I’ve included the regular album version of “Rehab” along with the Hot Chip remix for your listening pleasure.  Both are fit in their own right.

Joss Stone initially found success after covering a handful of songs, namely from the ’70’s and more currently, a song by the White Stripes (“Fell In Love With a Girl”).  She, like Winehouse, drew acclaim for her soothing vocals and retro appeal.  “Put Your Hands On Me” may not be as serious as Winehouse’s “Rehab,” but it’s still quite fun nonetheless.  The music bumps thanks to the production efforts of Raphael Saadiq (one of the founding members of Tony! Toni! Tone!) as Stone throws her heart into the lyrical flow of the song.

Neither of these tracks are necessarily “indie” by any stretch of the imagination, but they seem noteworthy regardless.  Sure, this retro sound may only be a fad, but it’s tough to deny a good song on any level.  Will they stand the test of time or fade into obscurity like slap-bracelets and sweatpants pulled up to the knees?


Amy Winehouse :: Official Site
Amy Winehouse :: Myspace
Amy Winehouse :: Rehab
Amy Winehouse :: Rehab (Hot Chip Remix)

Joss Stone :: Official Site
Joss Stone :: Myspace

Joss Stone :: Put Your Hands On Me

* Edit :: The Winehouse track is fixed, kids.  Sorry.


6 Responses to ““So take me away. I don’t mind. But you better promise me, I’ll be back in time. . .””

  1. 1 Dave
    March 9, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    Another post that will generate an unlimited amount of hits! Seriously though, props on so many levels. Fuck indie music anyways. Anything Hot Chip touches you know is golden.

    That Stone track does it for me. “If I Had no Loot” from Tony Toni Tone still kills.

    Your Bill & Ted pic is classic.

    Check those Winestone links though, kid.

  2. 2 Joe
    March 9, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    very nice post. stone and winestone in one. raising the bar.

  3. 3 Joe
    March 9, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    gotta clean up that link for winestone. wordpress kills me sometime.

  4. 4 Joe
    March 9, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    sorry, i missed dave’s last line!

  5. December 20, 2007 at 10:11 am

    very interesting. i’m adding in RSS Reader

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