On Thursday, the British tabloid magnet hosted a night at the Camden Monarch club in her London neighborhood, where she picked out songs that inspired her career. Though Snakehips at the Monarch was billed as a DJ battle between Winehouse and her friend, Bioux, based on reports, the troubled singer didn’t exactly spin records as she stood somewhat doe-eyed in front of a huge Union Jack flag, while the crush of fans took an endless series of photos with their phones and cameras.
According to NME.com, Winehouse — wearing a pink shirt, her signature denim short-shorts and a heart printed with the name of her imprisoned husband, Blake, in her towering beehive — sauntered into the club shortly after 10 p.m. to a barrage of flashes from the paparazzi and screams of fans inside the sweaty pub. A video of the set from the BBC News shows a listless-looking Winehouse slowly shimmying to the music as fans wave cameras in the air and call her name, which occasionally elicits a smile from the singer.
NME said Winehouse appeared to be in good spirits, but she did duck backstage at points to get a break from the chaotic scene. Among the songs played over the course of the evening were the Cure’s “Love Cats,” Dexys Midnight Runners’ “Geno,” the Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love” and the Specials’ “A Message to You Rudy.” The BBC reported that an actual DJ battle failed to materialize and that Winehouse mostly just swayed in place to songs played by Bioux.
“It was a really good atmosphere, but she didn’t get on the decks at all,” a fan named Anna told the BBC. “It was just the other guy. He was good, so good, but Amy didn’t start DJing at all. It was a really good environment though and although Amy wasn’t DJing, her being there gave a point to the night so it was really good. I’d go back.”
While the night was judged a success, some fans said watching Winehouse dancing behind the decks as fans stared at her all night was a bit uncomfortable. “I thought she was fantastic, but it’s just a bit sad that Amy was crowded by all the photographers,” an unnamed fan told the BBC.
The show ended shortly after 1 a.m. with Desmond Dekker’s ska classic “You Can Get It If You Really Want.”
Winehouse being Winehouse, the evening ended with a bit of a spectacle. While some tabloids ran pictures of what appeared to be remnants of white powder under the singer’s nose, most focused on the odd image of Winehouse leaving the pub with a flattened beer box in her hand, while a companion carried a table lamp.