Portishead frontman Geoff Barrow has taken aim at the lack of individuality in modern music and the predictability of it all. He also dubbed Amy Winehouse ”Whiney Shitehouse”and called her a ”fake” singer.
In an interview for ElectronicBeats.net about his new project BEAK>, the producer said about the late singers voice, “It seemed fake, but because there was a massive drug problem you couldn’t say it was fake, but her actual voice was fake. She had a real life with a fake voice”, adding, “most female singers on a commercial level all have the same voice”.
He went on: “When it comes to the female voice in the music business, it seems it has to fit into a certain frame. I mean Björk and Polly Harvey both change their voices but they’re still them. Strangely enough I think Adele sings in her own voice, I think it’s her trying to be a big voice and that’s her. And I’d like to say that Beth Gibbons sang in her voice too as she was very influenced by Janice Joplin. Whereas, I think Whiney Shitehouse – Amy Winehouse –, by the end of it, had become just a comic character of herself and how she sang. I saw her with an electric guitar in a little pub in Bristol and people were going “that’s amazing” but it wasn’t all that. Then she had the big drug problem and all the tabloids got involved and she would start being Minnie Ripperton or whatever it was”.
Barrow also lashed out at popular music in general: “Likewise, nowadays when you hear a new band you can rarely say it sounds new. You just have to listen to their chords. You kind of already know what the structure is going to be, you anticipate what their melody is going to be, you realize that someone has put it into a computer and added some element of shitty dance music. That to me is dead music. It’s a corpse.”
The comments about Winehouse, came just days after the singer’s ashes were scattered near her north London home, prompted a Twitter backlash against Barrow – who was forced to write: “I’m sure she was a lovely caring talented person – I didn’t know her. Very sad that she passed away – but I never dug her vibe.”
Earlier today, the release of ‘Amy Winehouse At The BBC’, the new posthumous Amy Winehouse boxset was announced.
The boxset will come out on November 12 and comprises a total of four discs. Three are compilations of live performances on DVD and the other is a live CD album. It includes a selection of performances from Live At Jools Holland, a number of tracks filmed at T In The Park and other festivals and the documentary Amy Winehouse – The Day She Came To Dingle.
Amy Winehouse died in July 2011.