Its no secret that Amy Winehouse has a thing for ska. She has covered The Specials live (most recently at the Glastonbury Festival last weekend where she urged them to re-form live from the stage) and has had members of the band join her on stage. Now her 2-Tone love is coming completely out of the closet. In a recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine she mentioned that her next album may include a good dose of ska.
Here she is performing "Messgae To You Rudi" and "You're Wondering Now" live from the Glastonbury Festival on June 29, 2008:
Now comes a limited edition, European fan club only 4-song 12" EP that includes her singing very faithful 2-Tone ska and reggae versions of The Specials' "Monkey Man", "Hey Little Rich Girl", "You're Wondering Now" and a ska/reggae take on Sam Cooke's "Cupid". You have to love the mock 2-Tone sleeve that they designed for the release as well. I think I see that on a t-shirt down the line somewhere.
Here is a download of the EP. Enjoy!