Amy Winehouse – Valerie (2006)

Written by on 20 March 2021

“Valerie” is a song by English indie rock band The Zutons from their second studio album, Tired of Hanging Around (2006). The song was later covered by Mark Ronson, with lead vocals provided by Amy Winehouse, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart in 2007.

In an interview with The Scotsman in May 2008, lead singer Dave McCabe described the writing process of the song: “I could tell you I was inspired by gazing out across the Mersey or walking past Macca’s old house, but the truth is I got the idea in a cab on the way to my mum’s. The whole song was written before I got there, so 20 minutes, max.”

The song’s title and theme refer to an American friend of McCabe’s who was in trouble for driving under the influence. The band’s drummer, Sean Payne, called it a “musical postcard to her, saying he is having a hard time and can she come over and see him.” In an interview with Vice magazine in June 2019, the subject matter of the song was revealed to be celebrity makeup artist Valerie Star. She explained that she met McCabe and how she got arrested for driving on a suspended license.

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