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Amy Winehouse slammed 'Whiney S**tehouse' by Portishead's Geoff Barrow

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Portishead musician Geoff Barrow has criticised the talent of female singers.

The producer claimed that many female stars' voices are "fake", and named Amy Winehouse in particular as an overrated talent.

Amy Winehouse on Parkinson's TV Programme .  Singing on stage.

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Barrow described the late singer as "Whiney S**tehouse", and that her addiction issues meant that people couldn't criticise her.

"I think Whiney S**tehouse - Amy Winehouse, by the end of it, had just become a comic character of herself and how she sang," he told Electronic Beats.

"I saw her with an electric guitar in a little pub in Bristol and people were going 'that's amazing', but it wasn't at all.

"Then she had the big drug problem and all the tabloids got involved and she would start being Minnie Riperton or whatever it was."

He added: "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."

Portishead

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Talking about his band, he said: "When Portishead started, Beth (Gibbons) was very influenced by Janis Joplin. She sang in her voice but it was based on singers that she liked."

Geoff Barrow later apologised for his comments, after he received a backlash from Winehouse fans online.

He tweeted: "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."

Amy Winehouse will reportedly be featured on a new compilation titled Amy Winehouse at the BBC, to be released in November.

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