Representatives of the fairer sex have finally broken into my 1000 Minutes project.
Sure, she’s bat-shit crazy, but Amy Winehouse has a voice that’s absolutely undeniable (when it’s produced and she’s not on crack, smack or she’s drunk, etc.) Back to Black has more than enough swagger and punch to go around, and this one was the standout of a heavyweight album. Looping, dirty drums over top killer horns, Motown-era harmonies and bright keys combine seamlessly with Ms. Winehouse’s smoky, soul vocals. This track can’t ever go wrong to me.
The near polar opposite of Amy Winehouse is the Harriet Wheeler-fronted group, The Sundays. Most active in the early to mid nineties, and having only released three albums, the band is probably best known for the ethereal cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” and their warm-weather classic “Summertime.” But Static & Silence, their last album before going on indefinite hiatus, contains my favorite song of theirs, an up-tempo number called “She.” Complete with shoegaze guitars and building strings, it captures unrequited love in the late nineties better than anything else I’ve heard.