He may have got the world hooked on the latest web browser, but don’t go to Alex Clare for website recommendations.
The hit British-Jewish recording artist and one-time boyfriend of Amy Winehouse provided the music for commercials for the latest Internet Explorer with his song Too Close. But asked about his taste in websites by the British television show Freshly Squeezed all he really managed to come up with us Sporting Fish. “There’s a diary of angler on there which is fascinating, it’s very good… he takes photos of the fish he caught,” Clare enthuses.
The London pad where the late songstress Amy Winehouse lived is on the market, priced at a cool $4.2 million. The sprawling three-bedroom house in swanky Camden, where Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning last July, had become an impromptu memorial site for the pop star. Winehouse’s grieving fans traveled to the home to leave tributes outside.
According to the New York Post, Winehouse’s father, Mitch, was originally going to convert the house into a center for The Amy Winehouse Foundation, but the location proved inconvenient. Winehouse’s fans have been vocal in their outrage against her father for cashing in on his daughter’s fame so soon after her death. Mitch Winehouse protested on Twitter that the property cost too much to maintain. “Some of you are being stupid,” he wrote, “It costs £25,000 per month to keep house and security.”
An art piece made by the late singer Amy Winehouse — using her own blood — will be auctioned off at the Cob Gallery in London. The self-portrait, titled “Ladylike,” is part of a collection by Pete Doherty, called “On Blood,” which was on view at the gallery earlier this year.
Doherty, known primarily as co-frontman for The Libertines, as well as for his membership in indie band Babyshambles, is also a visual artist. It has been reported that he was very close with Winehouse, and that he invited her to create an artwork with him. “Amy was on the phone to her dad when she did that [painting]. She said, ‘Dad, I’m with Pete and he’s making me draw with my blood!’ He didn’t like me much, her dad,” Doherty told The Independent in February. The Shmooze can’t imagine why.
While some are still trying to determine whether Amy Winehouse was a nice Jewish girl or not, others are continuing to engage in ongoing speculation as to the cause of the late singer’s death in July.
Rather than putting minds at ease, Winehouse’s family’s announcement yesterday that tests showed that there were no illegal substances found in her body is fueling even further debate about why she died. And we can expect every expert — not to mention pseudo-expert — to be putting forth his or her forensic theory until the formal cause of death is released to the public in October.
Don’t expect any onstage meltdowns or messy arrests from this Winehouse.
Amy’s father Mitch, a former sales consultant who became a London cabbie late in life, is releasing an album of “lovely but forgotten jazz and swing hits,” according to the New York Times.
Winehouse pére tells the Times he “taught Amy to sing when she was a baby… And when her first album came out, and she was doing shows, she would get me onstage to do a couple of songs, and it’s always great fun.” The album, he says, was Amy’s idea. “‘You know what, Dad? You have to make an album.’ I said, ‘Are you crazy?’ And she said, ‘No, you have a great voice, this is terrific,’” he told the Times. After Amy Winehouse’s well-publicized flameouts, father and daughter put the project “on the back burner. Then she got better, and we decided to give it a go.”
And under the category of Too Much Information, we have Amy Winehouse talking about her vagina, or as she calls it, her VaJew-Jew. The troubled singer was tapped to back a campaign launched by the alternative feminine hygiene product Mooncup, which is aiming to create a dialogue about women’s lady parts.
Mooncup, an a reusable silicon menstrual cup, is asking women to log onto www.loveyourvagina.com to nickname their, well, vaginas.
“We think it deserves some love, especially when you think how much love and attention you lavish on your hair, nails, teeth and skin,” the Web site states.
Winehouse responded to the survey, saying, “I call it my little VaJew-Jew.”
Riiiiight. Because we wanted to know that.
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