Amy Winehouse Speaks On Her Influences in Unreleased Interview

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To commemorate the one year anniversary of Amy Winehouse‘s tragic death, BBC4 is broadcasting a documentary tomorrow night entitled Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came to Dingle. The documentary, which details the singer’s 2006 visit to Ireland’s Other Voices festival, features never before seen footage of Winehouse being interviewed by John Kelly. In the interview, Winehouse speaks on her musical evolution and her influences at the time:

When I was younger, I didn’t really listen to a lot of soul. But in the last year I got really into Motown girl groups. I liked Otis Redding from 14 or 15, but I listened to hip-hop and jazz for so many years. It goes jazz, soul, Motown, then hip-hop. Obviously, I’ve gone in the middle.

I’ve been listening to a lot of gospel singers like Mahalia Jackson and Aretha Franklin. I love gospel, because gospel is so truthful. You know, I’m not religious, but there is nothing more pure than the relationship you have with your God – there is nothing stronger than that apart from your love of music. Gospel is very inspirational.

In addition, Winehouse expressed a bittersweet love for the Shangri-Las:

I love the drama, I love the atmosphere, I love the sound effects. And they wrote the most depressing song ever: “I Can Never Go Home Anymore.” When me and my boyfriend finished, I used to listen to that song on repeat, just sitting on my kitchen floor with a bottle of Jack Daniels. I’d pass out, wake up and do it again. My flatmate used to come in, leave bags of KFC and just leave. She’d be like, “There’s your dinner, I’m going out.” It’s the saddest song in the world.

Watch a video excerpt from Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came to Dingle–including a performance of “Tears Dry On Their Own”–here.