Drugs in Music: Part 4


Drugs have played an important part in music, both positively and negatively. They’ve inspired songs, affected careers and taken great artists before their time. This is the fourth part of a continuing saga which identifies the individual chemicals that stimulated some of the best known recordings.

Body Count – Street Lobotomy (1994)
Written by Ice-T/D-Roc
Influenced by Various

The thrash metal group had already courted controversy with the release of “Cop Killer” two years before. “Street Lobotomy” references a number of chemical stimulants directly.

“I love to smoke crack
I love to shoot smack
I love to fuckin’ drink
I love my smoke when it stinks
I need it in my veins
I need it in my brain
What has it done to me
Street lobotomy”

John Lennon – Cold Turkey (1969)
Written by John Lennon
Influenced by Heroin

The first song credited solely to Lennon was written in a “creative outburst” following his and Yoko Ono’s “cold turkey” period following their brief heroin addictions.

Neil Young – The Needle And The Damage Done (1972)
Written by Neil Young
Influenced by Heroin

“The Needle and the Damage Done” is a song by Neil Young that describes the descent into heroin addiction of musicians he knew. It was written about the heroin use of his Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten, and previews the theme of “Tonight’s the Night”; a song that addresses the heroin overdose and death of Bruce Berry, a roadie for Young and his band Crazy Horse.

The Ramones – Somebody Put Something In My Drink (1986)
Written by Richie Ramone
Influenced by LSD

“Somebody Put Something in My Drink” is a song by the Ramones from their 1986 album Animal Boy. The song also appears on the Ramones compilation album Ramones Mania, the only Ramones album to go gold. The song was written by Ramones drummer Richie Ramone, who joined the band in 1983, and was based on an incident in which he was given a drink spiked with LSD.

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