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Tuesday, June 06, 2021

I took an extended break from the Guess That Song kick: The last edition was a month ago. And that one came and went with one lyric unanswered. So, for the sake of completeness:

4. I kicked the bass like an NFL punter, and scoped the booty like a big game hunter. - LL Cool J, “Big Ole Butt”

No wonder Ladies Love Cool Jay.

On to this spin. I don’t know that I’m motivated enough to make this funtime a weekly event again, or even a regularly-scheduled piece. In any case…

This edition’s theme is the “drugs” part of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. Each of the following five lyric-bits are from songs dealing (directly or indirectly) with illicit substances. Cough up the name of the song and the artist, and you get your name/link posted on this blog acreage.

For extra credit, mention what you think is the specific drug being immortalized; it’s much more obvious in some of these than others. Here’s a very vague hint on that: The same drugs are represented more than once. I would have liked to have found five different songs about five distinct strains of junk, but I’m afraid my breadth of both musical and narcotic knowledge isn’t quite broad enough.

1. A guy like you should wear a warning.

2. Guns N’ Roses, “Mr. Brownstone” [Andrew]
(drug ID: heroin)

Get on the bus about eleven, sippin’ a drink and feelin’ fine.

3. The little herb I’m selling, they want to capture me.

4. Velvet Underground, “Heroin” [Joel]
(drug ID: um, duh)

I’m gonna try to nullify my life.

5. Grandmaster Flash, “White Lines” [Helen]
(drug ID: cocaine)

Twice as sweet as sugar, twice as bitter as salt.

Go at it. I’ll call ahead to the detox clinic for when this is all over.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 06/06/2021 11:56:01 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Question Time!
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  1. #2 Guns N’ Roses, “Mr. Brownstone” I believe it’s about heroin, but I’ve never heard that term for it outside of this song

    Comment by Andrew — 06/07/2021 @ 06:34:24 AM

  2. You got it. The only GNR song I own, because it wasn’t overplayed like most of their other tracks, and so I’m not thoroughly sick of it today.

    Heroin is the narc. I’d never heard of the “Mr. Brownstone” nickname either, before someone in college clued me in on it for this song. I’d assumed it was West Coast origined, which would be why I wouldn’t have come across it.

    Comment by CT — 06/07/2021 @ 09:37:25 AM

  3. Is #3 “legalize it” by Peter Tosh?
    Of course talkin’ about the chronic…
    Breathe deep……….aaaaahhhhhh.

    Comment by Chuck — 06/07/2021 @ 10:37:10 AM

  4. Right drug, wrong song/artist. But you’re in the right neighborhood…

    Comment by CT — 06/07/2021 @ 11:38:12 AM

  5. #4 - Heroin by Velvet Underground - let’s not speak of Billy Idol. I think that one may be about quaaludes, but I can’t be sure.

    Comment by Joel — 06/07/2021 @ 05:18:36 PM

  6. I’m not familiar with the Billy Idol version — thankfully, I think.

    But you got it. It’s a smack kinda day…

    Comment by CT — 06/07/2021 @ 07:43:53 PM

  7. #5 “White Lines” by Grandmaster Flash (or was that Duran Duran…).

    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess this one’s about cocaine.

    Comment by Helen — 06/08/2021 @ 08:51:03 PM

  8. I’ll go with the Grandmaster, cut faster. And coke it is.

    Comment by CT — 06/08/2021 @ 09:48:32 PM


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