It’s been a while since we’ve heard new music from Amy Winehouse. Like, try four years. She claims to be hard at work on a follow-up to Back in Black, but we’ve seen this act before. Well, she’s back (for now at least). This new track suggests maybe she’s been in the studio after all! It’s Winehouse singing Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party” for the upcoming album Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, a tribute to producing legend Quincy Jones, who initially discovered Gore.
Needless to say, it’s very different from the stripped-down version we debuted Friday. Or, for that matter, the other stripped-down version we named Best Cover Song of 2009. With old partner-in-crime Mark Ronson in the producer’s seat, this song fits her old-school soul sound perfectly. She even drops a girl-power monologue in the middle. The woman hasn’t lost a step! Check it out.
Check out more Amy Winehouse at her website or MySpace. Nice to have you back, girl!
Hmmm … is this her take on how The Chipmunks would have covered this song? :-)
I still think the best cover of this song was the one by Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin.
I’ll have a listen to this this evening. Can I just back Jim Breed up and say that Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin’s version from 1981 is a favourite of mine also. I brought the single (on Stiff), and nearly wore it out. I still have it now. Love the b-side (Waiting In The Wings) too. A classic 80’s track, that still sounds mighty fine nearly 30 years later. I personally don’t think that the production has dated, and Barbara sings it with a lot of feeling. If memory serves, Thomas Dolby has a small part in the video…and I’ve not seen that since the song went to number 1.
Stewart and Gaskin deserve a note here for their library of covers, really. Exceptionally good covers, at that – “Cast Your Fate to the Wind/Louie Louie” is still beautiful.