Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

2006, 1 track, 3 mins 34 sec

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“Rehab” garnered Winehouse three Grammy’s including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, thanks to it’s autobiographical attitude and Dap Tone/Marc Ronson produced Motown retro style which set itself apart from other Pop styles of the time. It also is fascinating to hear her refusal of rehab in the song ten years after her passing due to drug and alcohol-abuse. She seemed destined to follow the same path as her hero and oft-compared stylistic counterpart, Ella Fitzgerald, who herself died of such abuse. Those who struggle daily with addiction will know, from their own experience, or through the experience exhibited by peers, that ‘no one’ ever thinks they really need to go to rehab when they have these type of major problems. The think that Winehouse wrote a song with a hook that says “they tried to make me go to rehab, I said, no, no, no,” shows her resolve in the situation and determination to live life according to her rules, towards the betterment or detriment of her health. She seems to argue with the person who cares for her, and they don’t know what to do with her, because she is sort of charming in her rejection of help; “The man said, ‘why do you think you here?’ I said, I got no idea. I'm gonna, I'm gonna lose my baby, so I always keep a bottle near, he said, I just think you're depressed, this, me, yeah, baby, and the rest.” With immense creativity, Winehouse alludes to deeper problems than the booze, etc, but defiantly, and somewhat politely, she reconciles in her own way – that not only is she messed up, but that her remedies are what she has decided will keep her sane enough. “I don't ever want to drink again, I just, oh, I just need a friend, I'm not gonna spend ten weeks, have everyone think I'm on the mend.” The charade of getting better for a finite period is just too unbearable, and thus, she is going to continue to live her life, not long for the world. Sadly, her vocal talent and style live eternally on in this period only. She was in a black mood, but did her best to be candid about it.

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Amy Winehouse


  • Oct 27, 2006


  • CD
  • digital download


  • Island


  • Mark Ronson


  • Soul
  • rhythm and blues


"Rehab" is a song written and performed by English singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse, from her second and final studio album Back to Black (2006). Produced by Mark Ronson, the lyrics are autobiographical and address Winehouse's refusal to enter a rehabilitation clinic. "Rehab" was released as the lead single from Back to Black on 23 October 2006, and it peaked at number 7 in the United Kingdom on its Singles Chart and number 9 in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Winehouse's only top 10 hit in the US.
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