When the promo sampler of Amy Winehouse’s debut album ‘Frank’ was first dropped into the Dazed office stereo in late spring 2003, expectations couldn’t have been much lower. What have we here? A teenaged north London stage school dropout managed by the man behind the Spice Girls, who cites Dinah Washington, Nina Simone and Sinatra as her influences? Yeah right.
And yet by the time opener ‘Stronger than Me’ had hit its stride her place in the next issue was booked. The Marlboro and cognac voice would’ve done it alone, putting all the Popstars winners then clogging up the charts to shame. But it was the cute lyric - at once old fashioned and of the moment, bolshie yet vulnerable, bitter but funny - that was most arresting. If a 19 year-old cockney Jewish princess really had created this, then we needed to meet her.
*Another post on rockstars dead at 27 and the ‘curse’
Here you are, the goddamn Dan Brown of rock and roll lore. I’m sure there’s a wikipedia page for that, or possibly an iphone app. But thanks for writing. Looking forward to your next piece about Paul’s death.
*Another bullshit razionalitazion on heroin and rock and roll made of other bullshit trivia and corny nostalgia.
Seriously, i did not just trawl through 500 words on how heroin was really a strong look on keith richards and dave gahan.
Of course failing to mention that couple of times it almost got them killed, but you know, nevermind because it did them more good than bad or something. People shoot up because it makes keith richards cool. That’s it. And it is genius.
I mean, what the fuck internet? You don’t have to comment on every single thing that makes the news, especially when your contribution is superficial like that.
Isn’t that true for all soft & hard sciences though? Processing “bad” studies allows better ideas to bubble up. A lot of scientists can’t even articulate ideas clearly. I’d say the solution is better process & clearer communication of those ideas.
Yeah, it’s kind of true, unless a double blind system is properly implemented. Your point is valid, but it’s still quite unsettling that in the medical field pretty much anything needs extensive blind and double blind testing while somebody seems to pull things out of their own ass.
How do you not believe in psychology? Did a therapist burn you or have too many friends conducted 10c psychoanalysis after only one course in college? (And technically “wicca” is a religion.)
i should preface by saying that this is the source of huge fighting with friends and relatives, all the fucking time.
It’s not that i don’t believe in psychology in the same way, let’s say, i don’t believe in astrology. I do believe it exists, and it to be a worthwile intellectual pursuit for mankind, but some big chunks of it, at this moment in time, are not really science, or let’s say, their methods are not that rigorous, to the point that almost no ‘recent study says…’ kind of argument survives heavy scrutiny and a grain of salt.
And ok, this is bad, but may still not be the end of the world. Where it really gets dicey and riles me up is that some of this pseudoscience somehow takes hold and gains traction and steam leading to absolute bullshit becoming widely accepted throughout society, which is just plain wrong.
For example - lateralization of brain functions.
You know how much stuff has been published on left / right brain, down to the lowly if you’re a lefty you’re more of an artist up to the let’s reform the school system to provide for left / right brain students?
In reality, while the principle of brain asymmetry is somehow true, the extent ‘studies’ have taken this thing is mostly bullshit, so much so that even wikipedia (of all things) says so. How could that possibly happen? A lot of reasons, unreliable datasets, heavily massaging, sherlockholming your way through, bias, things like that.
But since the basic concept sounds plausible enough in plain words people will still eat this nonsense up, and i think it’s just irresponsible to misinform like that, i mean, it’s not like it’s the church, come on.
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