An exclusive chat with our favourite Ronettes lookey-likey
As Amy Winehouse storms into the US charts and a never-before-heard-of number 7, we asked her all about that ‘Rehab’ song, her own personal rehab experience and how she can be – and we quote! – ‘an out and out shit’!
So, how did ‘Rehab’ come about?
I was in New York walking down the street with my producer Mark and we were having this silly conversation and I started singing ‘tried to make me go to rehab and I said no, no, no’ and he goes, ‘Who is that?’ and I goes, ‘I just made it up’ and he said, ‘We’ve got to record that!’ It was influenced by a whole lot of Motown and a lot of girl groups and soul.
And people were actually trying to get you to go to rehab…
Yeah, there was definitely a point where people didn’t realise that i didn’t have a problem with alcohol. they thought I was an alcoholic rather than someone who was just depressed and trying to chase the depression away. And my manager at one point did try and cart me off and I did go but just so they would leave me alone.
What was it like?
I went in there and this fella said, ‘Why do you think you’re here?’ and I said, ‘Well, I drink a lot. I think it’s a problem and I’m depressed.’ And he said, ‘Do you think that you’re an alcoholic?’ and I said, ‘Not really, no. I love drinking but I’m not an alcoholic.’ And he said to me, ‘I am an alcoholic and this is my story’ and he just went on and on and on and on and I was just like, ‘Fucking hell! Alright!’
So, you thought, ‘No, no, no’?
That’s exactly what it was. I didn’t even go to the meeting. I went to see what it was all about and the fella said, ‘Well, why don’t you fill out this form and see what happens’ and I was like, ‘You know what, don’t waste your time.’ I was only there for about ten minutes.
Can you hold your drink?
Yeah, I can. I used to not really eat but these days I make sure I’m eat. But I’m either a really good drunk or I’m an out-and-out shit, horrible, violent, abusive, emotional drunk.
Has it ever got you in trouble?
I’ve done things that have got me in trouble like flirting with other people’s boyfriends but I don’t realise that I’m doing it because I’m cunted and then they find me in a dark alleyway and fucking try to have a go. I’ll always try and talk my way out of it because I’m not a fighter but if I’m backed up against the wall I’ll kick the shit out of anyone. I will always try and work my way out of it or give them a slap and run away.