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Today in Amy Winehouse: Back on the Drugs

Oh Amy. According to The Sun, she’s back on the drugs and listening obsessively to Johnny Cash’s cover of the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt” – never a good sign. Says the British tabloid: She got a reluctant pal to … Read More

By / February 28, 2008

Oh Amy. According to The Sun, she’s back on the drugs and listening obsessively to Johnny Cash’s cover of the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt” – never a good sign. Says the British tabloid:

She got a reluctant pal to smuggle drugs into the London rehab clinic on her FIRST NIGHT there.

Was “clean” for less than TEN days — in her failed bid to pass a drugs test to get a US visa to attend the Grammy Awards.

FEARS that without drugs she is just a ZOMBIE.

The Sun implies that her ZOMBIEFICATION (don’t you love how British papers toss around the capital letters?) comes from concern over her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, who’s in jail awaiting trial.

In this week’s New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones dismisses the argument that Winehouse fits the “tired (if true) template of the Genius Junkie,” arguing that critics loved her album long before she became the tabloids’ second-favorite hot mess. But you don’t need The Sun telling you about her drug problems to understand that a song like “You Know I’m No Good” is about a girl with serious problems.

To me, the presence of Blake—who was around before the media circus began—demonstrates that however boring the “genius junkie” trope might be, it’s pretty damn applicable here. I mean, how many latter-day blues singers are married at all, let alone to a guy in jail? Winehouse clearly knows how to make a commitment and stick to it, no matter how incredibly bad it might be for her. She might be a disaster, but she’s not joking around.