Our 50 druggiest albums ever as a Spotify playlist
40Twin Infinitives (1990)
If you want RT at their boogie-rawkin’ best… don’t go anywhere near this. Two junkie lovebirds set the controls for the heart of bummed-out, discombobulated riffs and howls barely audible amid the strung-out cacophony.
Weed in music gets a bad rep, and to be fair, it’s mostly deserved.
Rather than making feel-good, lazy, munchies music though, Tricky turned the delicious laziness of pot into a sleazy, dark, narcissistic sound that self-obsessed endlessly over dark, tortured grooves.
An album to lose yourself to for days. Skin up, will you?
38Ritual De Lo Habitual (1990)
Jane’s Addiction are a band of contradictions:
Californian art jocks into Tai Chi, surfing, vegetarian food and massive amounts of heroin.
37Junk Yard (1982)
Nick Cave’s habit was finding full throat as The Birthday Party released, or more accurately, expelled, these dead-eyed, no wave guttural yells.
A year later, they had disbanded – due in part to drug-related exhaustion.
36Wowee Zowee! (1995)
They were on the verge of the alt.rock big time. Until, that is, Stephen Malkmus made this marijuana-inspired mess.
For the next album, he unsurprisingly let their label choose the tracklisting and the singles.
35Easter Everywhere (1967)
Genuine nutter takes genuinely obscene doses of genuine brown acid, and in ‘Slip Inside This House’ – covered by Primal Scream on ‘Screamadelica’ – builds the musical equivalent of a house where the windows are where the doors should be.
A fantastic psychedelic MC Escher staircase to nowhere.
34Master Of Reality (1971)
Ozzy Osbourne was hardly the first musician to sing about his love of getting stoned, but in more censorious times such references were couched in square-foolin’ slang.
‘Sweet Leaf’, the opening track on the third Sabs album, was something of a high-water mark for getting blatant pro-marijuana sentiment into the charts: it starts with Tony Iommi’s coughing fit before launching into one of metal’s all-time iconic riffs.
33On The Beach (1974)
After recording the tequila-soaked ‘Tonight’s The Night’, Young’s next album in his dark ‘Ditch Trilogy’ was inspired by a sautéed concoction of honey and marijuana, called honey slides.
Judging by the catatonic nature of the record, and subject matter including Charles Manson and Nixon, we’d suggest not taking these if you’re looking for a good time.
32Down In Albion (2005)
That sessions for Babyshambles’ debut album resulted in one of the biggest celebrity drug scandals of all time pretty much summed up the record.
Pete Doherty’s then-squeeze Kate Moss was pictured in the red-tops snorting a Belushi-sized line of charlie off the studio coffee table, but that was merely the tip of a particularly coke-sprinkled iceberg.
The band had already been kicked out of Twin Peaks Studio in north Wales before they jacked up in London, where even by Pete’s standards conditions were grotty. Guitarist Pat Walden was at his most skeletally gaunt as heroin ravaged his body, while clean rhythm section Drew McConnell and Adam Ficek tolerated Pete as shady, foil-wielding hanger-onners ducked in and out of the studio almost as frequently as needles ducked in and out of the frontman’s forearm.
The music was suitably ramshackle and unfocused – moments of brilliance such as ‘Albion’ and ‘Fuck Forever’ spiking through a smacky haze that somehow made things like a reggae duet with a nutjob inmate named ‘The General’ that Pete met in jail seem like a good idea. It wasn’t, Pete. It really wasn’t.
31Bufo Alvarius (1995)
Philly’s psychedelic sludgers Bardo Pond named their debut album in honour of a toad with hallucinogenic powers.
Licking toads doesn’t actually work, though, you need to smoke their dried venom. So the Pond combated this by ingesting a shitload of acid and mushrooms, too.