We here in Cologne are not immune to the allure of Amy Winehouse's cracking “Rehab.” Neither are the locals – I constantly hear it played in record stores here. And, I mean, why wouldn't they? Can you get enough of those crisp, punchy snares? I sure can't!
I first heard this song a while back, on a tip from Maureen. "An Atlantic Records gal, certainly," she said, referring of course to the once-brilliant record label, not the ocean. She couldn't have been more right. Two specific examples of this influence jumped out at me last month, and I thought maybe y'all might enjoy them.
I Can't See Myself Leaving You
The entire chorus of Aretha Franklin's “See Saw” seems a prototype for “Rehab,” and, less obviously, the horns at the end of “I Can't See Myself Leaving You” also remind me a good deal of the Winehouse hit. Both songs are from 1968's Aretha Now album.
And if retro soul is your thing, check out this recent song from Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators, out on Light in the Attic Records. (Big ups to O-Dub for turning me onto that one!)
No One's Gonna Love You