I'M DUFFY, NOT DUSTY
DUFFY has revealed the secret behind her phenomenal chart success – sexual frustration.
Duffy, 23, whose first name is Aimee, said: “I have needs that music can’t meet. Mercy is a song about sex… I’m blushing. I wanted something that was really liberating, and it helped me at that point vent some frustration.”
She is currently wooing America with her vintage soul sound, but she’s sick of constantly being called the new Dusty Springfield.
She said: “I only got around to owning the Dusty Springfield box-set about a year ago.
“I just don’t relate to it. I don’t see how there’s a thread.”
In fact the girl from Gwynedd is more inspired by 70s rock and grew up listening to pop chameleon David Bowie, 61.
Duffy confessed: “It’s obviously an amazing honour to be compared to some of those really great artists, but the singers I’m obsessed with are David Bowie and Scott Walker.
“They’re the artists that have inspired me and made me alive.
“They almost make me cry with passion.”
But it’s not just veteran acts that float Duffy’s boat. As long as it has soul, the blonde dynamo will give anything a blast.
She added: “Soul is in all aspects of music now from Richard Hawley to Arcade Fire, and Bat For Lashes, and even The Strokes.
“I think soul music plays such a massive part in defining music from all the great performers out there. I would just call myself a singer.”
Aimee has been looking for her big break since she was a teenager, but she’s relieved success took a long time coming.
The gal, who cut her teeth in a number of folk bands, said: “I wanted to have some involvement in music.
“At about the age of 18 I thought: ‘I don’t know what I’m looking for,’ and then I retired from it all.
“I was hungry and I was confused.
“I was young and naive. Everyone wanted something from me that I just wasn’t willing to give.”
Fortunately Aimee found the right people and the rest, as they say, is history.
Just don’t call her Dusty.