Geoff Barrow of Portishead and Beak> has been interviewed by Electronicbeats.net, and he’s living up to his reputation as an iconoclast / miserable old bastard. He was musing about the vocals of female artists, when he started talking about “Whiney Shitehouse.” To give you the full context, we’ll quote the entire response he gave here:
“I mean Björk and Polly Harvey both change their voices but they’re still them. Strangely enough I think Adele sings in her own voice, I think it’s her trying to be a big voice and that’s her. And I’d like to say that Beth Gibbons sang in her voice too as she was very influenced by Janice Joplin. Whereas, I think Whiney Shitehouse – Amy Winehouse –, by the end of it, had become just a comic character of herself and how she sang. I saw her with an electric guitar in a little pub in Bristol and people were going “that’s amazing” but it wasn’t all that. Then she had the big drug problem and all the tabloids got involved and she would start being Minnie Ripperton or whatever it was. It seemed fake, but because there was a massive drug problem you couldn’t say it was fake, but her actual voice was fake. She had a real life with a fake voice.”
So he’s either extremely brave to take a pop at someone whose musical legacy seems almost universally accepted at the moment, or he’s going to need a twitter holiday to avoid all the abuse coming his way. Speaking of Twitter, he did offer "I'm sure she was a lovely caring talented person - I didn't know her.Very sad that she passed away - but I never dug her vibe."