Great Anti-Drug Songs?

LaserWolfLaserWolf Portland Oregon 11,518 Posts
edited February 2009 in Strut Central
For no reason I was thinking of this. Two great ones popped into my mind. Needle and the Damage Done - Neil YoungPoverty Train - Laura Nyro

Some other good ones I have thought of:Freddie's Dead - Curtis The Pusher - SteppenwolfHome Is Where The Hatred Is - Gil Scott-HeronPusher Man - CurtisSome other obvious ones, but not as good:Kicks - Paul Revere and the RaidersAnd I'm drawing a blank now, but I had a few more. These are all obvious well known songs. More obvious ones would be nice, but I am sure you all know some even greater rare 45s. Post them up.
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  • escoeescoe 113 Posts
    what about king heroin by james

  • UnherdUnherd 1,880 Posts



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    Cause it's known to give a brother brain damage
    And brain damage on the mic don't manage
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  • what about king heroin by james
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    stevie wonder - don't drive drunk

  • mrmatthewmrmatthew 1,575 Posts
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  • Some other obvious ones, but not as good:
    Kicks - Paul Revere and the Raiders

    Not as good? STRONG disagreement, bro...to me that one is just as good as "Freddie's Dead." Paul Revere & the Raiders were an asskicking band in their time, and it's got a snarling fuzz guitar you don't really argue with.

    some less obvious antidrug records:


    ALSO: Joey Dee's "It's Got You," from 1966 - really good, although it's got some really clumsy "psychedelic" noises to indicate that the person Joey's singing to is strung out...

  • Prophet & His Disciples - You Fool, You Fool / Final Decisions - The Pusher

  • jleejlee 1,539 Posts
    The Kick - Performed by The Rhythm Machine


  • here's a real good one from Phil Phillips...


  • Hannibal!

  • DB_CooperDB_Cooper Manhatin' 7,823 Posts
    White Lines
    Kool and the Gang - Country Junky
    Gil Scott Heron - The Bottle

  • Big_ChanBig_Chan 5,088 Posts
    Best anti drug song EVAR is "Go Go Drug Free" by Chuck Brown. Former D.C. mayor Marion Berry actually does an anti-drug "rap" on the song! Complete comedy.

    Worst - EPMD "You had to much to drink." So bad it's just bad.

  • DB_CooperDB_Cooper Manhatin' 7,823 Posts
    Sometimes I Rhyme Slow

  • escoeescoe 113 Posts


    HOLLA!

  • LaserWolfLaserWolf Portland Oregon 11,518 Posts
    here's a real good one from Phil Phillips...




    That's Sam's brother? Please to share release info.

    That Hannibal track was great also.

  • Night of the living baseheads.

  • bassiebassie 11,710 Posts
    De La Soul - Say No Go
    J Lennon - Cold Turkey
    Del Jones - all over the Positive Vibes LP
    VU - Heroin, The Black Angel's Death Song

  • Gil Scott-Heron seems to have a few of these:

    angel dust
    needle's eye

  • here's a real good one from Phil Phillips...




    That's Sam's brother? Please to share release info.

    Oh no, this is a black R&B singer from Louisiana who had a hit in 1959 with "Sea Of Love." By the time he recorded "The Evil Dope," that was released on the Lanor label sometime in the early seventies. There is an article on him in the new (recent?) issue of Juke Blues (a UK blues magazine), but even though they printed a label shot of the single, they're rather vague about the release date.


  • RockadelicRockadelic Out Digging 13,993 Posts

    Del Jones - all over the Positive Vibes LP

    Del told me that when he performed "Cold Turkey" he would act out going through withdrawal on stage as part of his act...years later people would stop him and ask if he ever kicked his heroin addiction>

  • Damn, that Hannible song is killer.

    The Wizards from Kansas do a great version of Codine too.

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  • LaserWolfLaserWolf Portland Oregon 11,518 Posts
    Codine is a Buffy St Marie song? Any way I think she covers it too.

    I always thought White Horse and the VU songs were more pro-drug.

    I thought White Horse was saying ride the white horse.
    Are they actually saying DON'T ride the white horse?

    Yeah I just read the lyrics to Heroin.
    Pro.
    I used to play guitar with a junkie and this was his theme song.

  • Steppenwolf - The Pusher



  • SwayzeSwayze 14,705 Posts
    Damn, that Hannible song is killer.
    Damn, that Hannible song is killer.
    Damn, that Hannible song is killer.
    Damn, that Hannible song is killer.
    Damn, that Hannible song is killer.
    Damn, that Hannible song is killer.

  • DJFerrariDJFerrari 2,411 Posts
    Prophet & His Disciples - You Fool, You Fool / Final Decisions - The Pusher

    Yup... also on the rare funk 45 tip...

    Dynamic Corvettes - Keep off the Grass/It's a Trap
    4th Kingdom - Call it Dope

  • bassiebassie 11,710 Posts


    Yeah I just read the lyrics to Heroin.
    Pro.

    I guess it depends on what you want from drugs, but this just doesn't make me want to join the party

    I wish that I was born a thousand years ago
    I wish that I'd sail the darkened seas
    On a great big clipper ship
    Going from this land here to that
    In a sailor's suit and cap
    Away from the big city
    Where a man can not be free
    Of all of the evils of this town
    And of himself, and those around
    Oh, and I guess that I just don't know
    Oh, and I guess that I just don't know
    Heroin, be the death of me
    Heroin, it's my wife and it's my life
    Because a mainer to my vein
    Leads to a center in my head
    And then I'm better off and dead
    Because when the smack begins to flow
    I really don't care anymore
    About all the Jim-Jim's in this town
    And all the politicians makin' crazy sounds
    And everybody puttin' everybody else down
    And all the dead bodies piled up in mounds
    'Cause when the smack begins to flow
    Then I really don't care anymore
    Ah, when the heroin is in my blood
    And that blood is in my head
    Then thank God that I'm as good as dead
    Then thank your God that I'm not aware
    And thank God that I just don't care
    And I guess I just don't know
    And I guess I just don't know

  • LaserWolfLaserWolf Portland Oregon 11,518 Posts


    Yeah I just read the lyrics to Heroin.
    Pro.

    I guess it depends on what you want from drugs, but this just doesn't make me want to join the party

    I wish that I was born a thousand years ago
    I wish that I'd sail the darkened seas
    On a great big clipper ship
    Going from this land here to that
    In a sailor's suit and cap
    Away from the big city
    Where a man can not be free
    Of all of the evils of this town
    And of himself, and those around
    Oh, and I guess that I just don't know
    Oh, and I guess that I just don't know
    Heroin, be the death of me
    Heroin, it's my wife and it's my life
    Because a mainer to my vein
    Leads to a center in my head
    And then I'm better off and dead
    Because when the smack begins to flow
    I really don't care anymore
    About all the Jim-Jim's in this town
    And all the politicians makin' crazy sounds
    And everybody puttin' everybody else down
    And all the dead bodies piled up in mounds
    'Cause when the smack begins to flow
    Then I really don't care anymore
    Ah, when the heroin is in my blood
    And that blood is in my head
    Then thank God that I'm as good as dead
    Then thank your God that I'm not aware
    And thank God that I just don't care
    And I guess I just don't know
    And I guess I just don't know

    Smart.
    But for someone there it speaks to just what they are feeling.
    Which is what makes the song so good.

  • erewhonerewhon 1,123 Posts

    Worst - EPMD "You had to much to drink." So bad it's just bad.

    Seriously. How the F*ck did this ever happen, nevermind get released as a single? Has anyone ever gone on record with the story behind this one?

    There are so many good drug burnout songs out there, although I don't know if they are anti-drug, per se.

    Here's a good one:


  • Susan Christie - "Yesterday, where's my mind?"
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