Drugs In Music: Part 5


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 fifth and final part of a saga which identifies the individual chemicals that stimulated some of the best known recordings.

Motley Crue – Dr. Feelgood (1989)
Written by Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars
Influenced by Dealers

Bass player Nikki Sixx would say that the song was influenced by the drug dealers that supplied his daily fix. “In the end it was inspired by drug dealers. Is there ever just one? A good drug addict always has more than one dealer.”

The Stranglers – Don’t Bring Harry (1979)
Written by The Stranglers
Influenced by Heroin

This elegant piano ballad was credited as a group effort, but bass player Jean Jacques Burnel’s Heroin addiction formed the basis for the lyrics.

The Velvet Underground – I’m Waiting For The Man (1967)
Written by Lou Reed
Influenced by Heroin

The song is about purchasing $26 worth of heroin in a Harlem brownstone near the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 125th Street in New York City. The song is sung from the point of view of the purchaser who is presumably traveling to Harlem from another part of the city; the “man” in the song’s title is a drug dealer.

Queens Of The Stone Age – Feel Good Hit Of The Summer (2000)
Written by Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri
Influenced by Various

Josh Homme claimed the song was conceived after his three-day Millennium party. The song’s lyrics are merely a list of drugs repeated throughout. The drugs listed in the verses are nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol, with cocaine mentioned throughout the chorus. Homme has hinted that the song is a direct reference to the band’s stoner rock label.

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