10 Songs About Methheads and Speed Freaks

Categories: Drug Month!

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Danny Brown: "Eating on an Adderall, wash it down with alcohol/Writing holy mackerel, actual all factual."
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Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. It's in many ways the enduring holy trinity of pop music. Like it or not -- we're not advocating anything -- drugs are responsible for lots of great songwriting. So every Friday in August, we're going to take a look at the impact of drugs on popular music. It's Drug Month.

Today's drug will help you lose weight, study for a test, and maybe cause your teeth to fall out. That's right, we're covering amphetamines! Use with caution and don't mix with caffeine or alcohol. And make regular trips to the dentist, which is an especially fun thing to do after you've been awake for two days straight.

Pulp: "Sorted for E's and Wizz"
In the middle of the night, it feels alright
But then tomorrow morning, oh, oh then you come down

E's and Wizz are British slang terms for ecstasy and speed, respectively, but I won't fault you for not knowing that (I didn't at first). The only thing that's certain is this song is about Jarvis Cocker tripping balls and takes an occasional breather with an "ahh . . . just keep on moving."

Third Eye Blind: "Semi-Charmed Life"

Smiling in the pictures you would take
Doing crystal meth will lift you up until you break

It's easy to overlook this song being about meth since those lines were usually bleeped out on the radio. But, seriously, think about it: Pre-teens and soccer moms nationwide jammed still jam to this illicit tune.


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