9 best songs about drugs

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Drugs rule. If that sounds like a sentiment your hardcore stoner pals would echo, realize that I'm being literal here; drugs really do rule. According to this Associated Press story, it's official: drugs kill more Americans annually than traffic accidents. Your chances of being taken out by a texting-addicted teenager rolling a Hummer are smaller than buying the farm after gulping down a handful of unidentifiable pharmaceuticals on a dare.

If that's not real enough for the more narcotics-inclined among you, chew on this factoid the next time you stick a tab of acid under your tongue or roll a fat doobie from dank you stole from your friend's sister's dealer or raid your in-laws' barbituatemedicine cabinet: "The death toll from drugs has doubled in the past decade, with one life lost every 14 minutes." You may as well trade in your pilfered prescription pad and works and Ecuadorian hand-blown pipes for a revolver, because getting high isn't much different than playing Russian Roulette.

Gimme Noise was surprised, too. Gimme Noise was a bit taken aback. Gimme Noise recalled a favorite Onion headline of yore - "Drugs Win Drug War" - and chortled a bit too loudly, drawing attention from co-workers.

In typical Gimme Noise fashion, we've opted to salute the many and sundry substances eagerly eroding the fabric of our not-so-solvent society by compiling a list of songs that call to erased-mind weekends lost within (or under) other people's couches. (With apologies to songs by Guns 'N Roses and Lou Reed, which we felt were kind of too obvious.) Won't you join us?


Spiritualized, "I Think I'm In Love"



If you really believe that Jason Pierce is serenading another person here, you've already missed the last boat.


Neil Young, "Hitchhiker"



You may not be aware of this, but Neil Young has cast his not inconsiderable folk/noise monster shadow on this earth for a great many years; he's also done a shit-ton of capital-D drugs. On "Hitchhiker," Young relates as much of this history as he can remember, in PG-rated detail.


Cypress Hill, "Hits From The Bong"



The idea that a multiplatinum-selling rap group would and could perform show after show with a gigantic inflatable Buddha smiling beatifically behind them may seem crazy and unlikely in today's world, but rest assured that it did happen, it was awesome, and somehow everybody in the audience broke out a dime bag when it appeared on stage.


Lindstrom, "Where You Go I Go Too"



Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away...


Matmos, "Cymbals & Aspirin"



Oh, who are these split, spit, and twit-twitchy sound tweakers trying to kid on this early, not-especially-conceptual bpm-fueled banger? They're sure not out to cure your headache, right?


OFF!, "Peace In Hermosa"



Punks talk a good game, but they're as likely to get wrecked as anyone else. "Hermosa" asks and poses a valid question: why aren't there more hardcore anthems about flipping out on angel dust in California? Answer: because after you've done this a couple times you're probably dead in a pauper's field somewhere, a condition which isn't especially conducive to writing hardcore anthems about flipping out on angel dust in California.


The Lemonheads, "Drug Buddy"



Leave it to Evan Dando to make scoring Schedule A narcotics with a pal as charming and fun and fluffy as playing with a doll in your backyard as a kid or squeezing into one of those crampled Photo booths with your friends and making ridiculous faces because it's Saturday and you're bored and you've got three bucks in your hot-pink OP wallet.


Afroman, "Because I Got High"



As much stoned guffaw as rueful cautionary tale, "High" is that rare animal: a song that sounds flat-out great regardless of the number of people singing it or the shit they're fucked up on. Also: this song is probably crazy funny when you're tripping your nads off.


Telecult Powers, "Live at Blue Monday"



There's a lot to love about this NYC/NOLA synth-noise duo; for our purposes, they're lovable because, somehow, their pulsating sonics have the effect of making you feel high even if you're stone sober. To put this to the test, shut yourself away in a quiet room, turn off your phone and the lights, and listen to this and only this - its 9-minute running time, or for as long as it takes you to sync your mental operating system with the serpentine rhythms of the cosmos.


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Ben Harper"s "Burn One Down" should be on this list.

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