The one and only Cab Calloway, shaking his head and
singing 'bout that reefer. His bass player is definitely
in the reefer zone... waaaay gone, daddy!
I remember being pretty surprised, on hearing this for the
first time at around age 12, that you could actually sing
the word "goddamn" over and over on a record! I didn't
think they'd let you do that!
"Can't you see, sister morphine, I'm tryin' to score?"
Lou Reed takes us through a day in the life of a junkie.
Nice! I've got my own cover version of this tune here.
They still haven't taken Peter's advice...
Nice mellow washboard groove and cool lead guitar drifting
like smoke around Jazz's reefer musings.
"her mouth was like a grinding mill
her lips were cracked and sore
her skin was turning yellow
I just couldn't take it no more"
"god knows how much I adored her
I just never could afford here..."
"Feed your head!" Sing it, Grace!
There can be only one explanation for that horrific
ensemble that Merle's female backup singer is sporting:
she was high as a kite when she picked it out. Oh, and
Merle flubbing the last line of his song? High. He high.
I think Lou Reed's "and I guess that I just don't know" line might be the secret inspiration for Kurt Cobain's "oh well whatever never mind" line. And with this song Mo Tucker gave us some
of the best *so bad it's good* drumming to come out of the 60s
or any other decade.
Ah, the year 1930, when people could actually sing
frankly about sniffing coke! This public domain ditty
from the fabulous Memphis Jug Band can be
downloaded from the Internet Archive here.
I'll refrain from saying anything about James Brown's own
drug use, as that'd just be a cheap shot.
Those opening chords really tripped me out when I first
heard 'em. Actually, they still do. (BTW, this clip has been
pulled from YT die to copyright claims. I'm leaving it here, though: we can all just play the song in our heads anyway...)
Typically delightful comic persona on display in this one.
"I'm simply wild about my good cocaine!" Now, be sure to see
page two of Songs About Drugs, which features a myriad of covers of Luke Jordan's tune, in all shapes, sizes and colors!
This song is a straight-up, unequivocal endorsement of amphetamine use! "Throw away your Ovaltine and
buy yourself some benzedrine".
Horrible singer, stiff arrangement, awkward melody, dumb
choreography... still, this must be heard. Incredible.
Fairly unremarkable little piece of garage rock here, except
for the fact that it was about LSD. I mean, John Lennon
might have just gotten Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds from
his kid and all that, but these guys were definitely singing
about their lysergic acid diethylamide, no doubt about it.
Spanish 60s-era band Los Polares covered the tune,
under the title of La Droga.