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Cocaine’s A Helluva Drug: Godley & Creme on Top Of The Pops, 1981
10.15.2012
09:58 am

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OK, so this instalment of Cocaine’s... might not have the epic freak-out-ish-ness of last week’s John Cale performance, but to me this sums up the spirit of the cocaine age perfectly.

Godley & Creme were once part of 10CC, of course, and video directors of quite some renown in the 1980s, but they also delivered a string of haunting, emotional electro pop hits like this one, a tale of tragic spousal abuse as overheard on a commuter train.

What that has to do with sliding down a fake window while clenching your fists is anyone’s guess. But, like I said, cocaine’s a helluva drug.

This performance is epically camp, and was undoubtedly inspired by some of the finest marching powder. Kevin Godley tosses his mullet and gurns as if trapped in a lost Douglas Sirk classic, while all around bright shiny lights create a vaseline-heavy haze that will have you checking your eyeballs for cataracts. The tune is rather lovely, with synths that sound more like vintage 60s electronica than early 80s electro, but I can just hear the producer now, frothing at the mouth and screaming that what this needs is “MORE DRAMA!!!”

Godley & Creme “Under Your Thumb” Top Of The Pops, 1981:
 

 

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Cocaine’s a Helluva Drug: John Cale’s Rockpalast freak out, 1984
10.08.2012
11:45 am

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The first in an intermittent series of posts showcasing the most coked-out music performances of recent times, that are still available for the public to see via the magic of the internet.

Cocaine’s A Helluva Drug kicks off with this frankly terrifying clip of John Cale tearing up floorboards at the German Rockpalast festival in 1984, as he rips through Elvis’ “Heartbreak Hotel” on the piano.

The madness begins at 4:40, and it is preceded in this clip by a relatively sober Cale performing the same track at the same festival one year earlier, which gives great context for just how fucked up he is the following year. Apparently most of the crowd the second time round were waiting for London’s white-funk homeboys Level 42.

For the record, Cale’s interpretation of this classic is simply astounding, delivered here in a stripped down, chilling arrangement showcasing Cale’s delicious butter-from-the-gutter growl.

This is neither a warning nor an endorsement. It simply IS.

John Cale “Heartbreak Hotel” (Live at Rockpalast 1983 & 1984)
 

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‘Devil’s Harvest - The Smoke of Hell’: Best Ad for Marijuana?
10.08.2012
09:25 am

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Devil’s Harvest - now that’s a damned fine name for a good smoke.
 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

This is Your Brain on Marijuana


 
With thanks to Edna Bakewell (Mrs.) via Suicide Blonde
 

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Great heads of the 20th Century: Groucho Marx’s marijuana diet
10.07.2012
04:52 pm

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In 1943, Groucho Marx wrote a letter to U.S. troops stationed in Suriname in 1943 in a gesture of solidarity. It’s quite funny and the mention of marijuana in 1943 proves Groucho was a head of his time.

GROUCHO MARX

August 18, 1943.

Dear Corporal Darrow,

You asked me if I have a message for the soldiers in the jungle. I could probably send one but it would be collect and would only run into money. I imagine it’s difficult enough to stay awake on those lonely islands without having to read messages from me.

I don’t want you to worry much about the 4-Fs back home—true, we have been deprived of a few things but nothing of any importance. We don’t get much meat any more—the butcher shops have nothing in them but customers. Fortunately, I don’t rely on the stores for my vegetables. Last spring I was smart enough to plant a Victory garden. So far, I have raised a family of moles, enough snails to keep a pre-French restaurant running for a century and a curious looking plant that I have been eating all summer under the impression that it was a vegetable. However, for the past few weeks, I’ve had difficulty in remaining awake and this morning I discovered that I had been munching on marijuana the whole month of July.

Anyhow, we miss all you boys (I have a son in the Coast Guard) and we wish you were all back again raising hell and children. We are doing what little we can to further the war effort—we buy bonds, play service camps and short-wave broadcasts to our soldiers on the foreign fronts. We drive carefully, we take no vacations and, in general, do what we can. God knows it’s little enough. We all know that you boys are doing the real job.

In closing, all I can say is good luck, God bless you all and hurry home—remember, America is pretty empty without you kids.

Yours,
(Signed, ‘Groucho’)”

 

 
Via Letters Of Note

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New Yorkers with moldy pot can have their stash inspected for cancer-causing fungus
10.04.2012
04:31 pm

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New York City resident and pot activist Kenny Toglia wants to inspect your moldy pot. Here’s why:

The problem with New York City street pot, says Toglia, comes from a cancer-causing fungus with the tongue-twisting name Aspergillus fumigatus, found commonly in soil and rotting vegetable matter and alarmingly in pot that’s been stored a long time before smoking.

To combat the threat, which Toglia claims affects one-third of relatively low-cost city pot, he has formed a nonprofit with the major purpose of educating marijuana smokers, especially those with compromised immune systems. Each Thursday at 6 p.m. Toglia and his crew will inspect your pot for the dangerous fungus for no cost at 130 E. Seventh St., at Avenue A. The location is known as the Muhammad Salahuddeen Memorial Jazz Theatre, named after a late East Village legend who combined squatting, jazz and community service in his University of the Streets near Tompkins Square Park.

For more info, visit The Villager’s website.

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This is Your Brain on Marijuana
10.04.2012
01:14 pm

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Intricate glass microscope marijuana pipe by Elbo Glass and Glass Munky

A video by AsapSCIENCE that cuts through the long-winded explanation of how marijuana affects the brain and summarizes it quite nicely in under 3 minutes.
 

 
Via Kraftfuttermischwerk

 

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LeBron James-brand heroin
10.02.2012
07:36 pm

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Police in the Philadelphia area have busted a heroin dealer selling LeBron James-branded skag:

LeBron James has endorsed McDonald’s, Nike and State Farm, but there’s one product right now on the streets of Philadelphia carrying his name that he most certainly did not endorse - heroin.

Upper Darby police said that they busted a major heroin dealer from Philadelphia on Thursday who had 140 packets of the deadly drug - all of which were stamped with the silhouette of a basketball player and the name “LeBron James.”

“I don’t think LeBron James would be too happy with this drug-dealer dude using his name on these street bags,” said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

Probably not. What’s next, Usain Bolt brand crystal meth? (“The Fastest Speed in the World!”)

And speaking of meth, since when is heroin blue? This looks like something Walter White cooked up.

The suspected dealer is being held on a $250,000 cash bond.

Via The Philadelphia Inquirer/HT Brian Tibbetts

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Kushed cans: Porcelain weed pipes that look like soda cans
10.02.2012
02:30 pm

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Humorous design for your weed smokin’ needs: Kushed Cans by Herbal Innovations. The porcelain soda can bowl is handmade, one-of-a-kind and no two are alike. 

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Via World’s Best Ever

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Princess Leia’s ‘coke nail’ in ‘Return of the Jedi’
09.28.2012
11:31 am

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So some smartypants on reddit believes they’ve spotted Carrie Fisher’s coke nail in Return of the Jedi. I have no comment, other than it’s normally the pinky finger, right?

Via Nerdcore

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Did you know The Replacements liked to drink?
09.27.2012
02:13 pm

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This photo was taken before band pictures on railroad tracks became a cliche
 
It’s nice to know that in this crazy world, there are some things you can count on; this drunken 1987 radio interview with The Replacements does not disappoint.

Infamous for shooting themselves in the foot professionally with hard partying, frontman Paul Westerberg got sober in 1990, prior to the band’s fizzling breakup. He still produces awesome solo stuff, though he gives off the impression that he’s somehow in hiding because he keeps a pretty low profile these days.

A documentary on the band, Color Me Obsessed: A Film about the Replacements is due out in November; fans await with bated breath!
 

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