Everybody Must Get Stoned: The Six Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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In honor of Aaron Carter getting out of rehab (who, by the way, looks like absolute shit), we wondered, "Hey, just who were the most fucked-up rockers ever?" Yes, there are some very deserving people not here (David Crosby, Station to Station--era Bowie, Iggy Pop, Fleetwood Mac), and the list is very Brit-centric, but if we didn't keep it to a specific number, we'd have to list pretty much anyone who has ever released a song. All of these musicians have blazed a trail in their art, and blazed plenty of other stuff besides.

1. Keith Richards
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​The grandaddy of rock & roll junkies, Mr. Richards is still going strong, despite decades of abuse that would have killed us mere mortals. He must have found the Fountain of Youth, or at least some amazing concierge doctors. Listen to Sticky Fingers or Exile on Main St. and marvel at his genius and--his personal constitution.

Druggiest moment: Richards claims he did a line of cocaine mixed up with his cremated father's ashes. Freud would have been all over that. The Oedipal part and the blow.


2. Johnny Thunders
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​​The only dead artist on the list eventually succumbed to his addictions (maybe; some suspect foul play). In his '70s heyday, New York Dolls guitarist Thunders was called "the Dean Martin of heroin." He recorded fine Heartbreakers and solo output through the '80s until he passed away at age 38 in 1991. His body was twisted up "like a pretzel," according to observers.

Druggiest Moment: He is believed to have died by overdosing on methadone, which he was using to wean himself off heroin, which he overdosed on before.


3. Amy Winehouse
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​This English songstress is now as well known for her drug intake as her musical output, which makes sense given that she's only managed two studio albums in ten years. She seems to have gotten things back on track, after being everyone's favorite Ghoul Pool pick just a couple of years ago. Here's hoping that she goes the Keith Richards route, rather than the Johnny Thunders route.

Druggiest moment: Smoking so much crack that doctors tell told her that she would have to wear an oxygen mask and probably die; overdosing on a cocktail of ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and alcohol; marrying this guy.


4. Shaun Ryder
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​Once and current Happy Mondays frontman (and Black Grape mastermind; if you haven't heard It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah! then go acquire it right now), Ryder may be the druggiest out of all the people on this list, which is awe-inspiring, like finding out the star you are gazing at in the night actually burned out a billion years ago. In the classic Madchester days, he took Ecstasy by the handful, drank, did cocaine and heroin and then turned to methadone to kick his smack addiction. When Happy Mondays traveled to heroin-free Barbados to record their 1992 album Yes Please!, they found a ton of crack instead. They ran out of money buying it, then sold their recording equipment and, eventually, their clothes to continue the party. He is a true maniac and a true survivor of one of the most interesting eras in musical history.

Druggiest moment: Selling your clothes for crack and smoking it butt-naked in the ocean has to be up there.

5. Pete Doherty
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​Pale, poetic and perpetually messed up, Pete Doherty drugged his way through his time with the Libertines, helping to make two great albums with the most lauded British rock band of the 2000s (suck on that, Chris Martin). Unfortunately, his extracurricular activities started to destroy his relationship with his bandmates, and breaking into singer and best friend Carl Barat's apartment certainly didn't help. Neither did dating fellow party animal Kate Moss. He made some cool rackets with indie project Babyshambles and struggled to get clean. In 2010, Barat and Doherty announced a much-anticipated reunion.

Druggiest moment: Ostensibly heterosexual Doherty admitted to prostituting himself in order to fund his addictions pre-Libertines, even going so far as to rob a male client. That's commitment.


6. Ozzy Osbourne
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​Everyone loves Ozzy. He's like a crazy uncle at this point. Because of this, it's easy to forget that he used to be the Dark Prince of Metal, eating live animals, snorting lines of ants and causing general mayhem. From the weed-fueled days of Black Sabbath to the everything-fueled '80s, Ozzy just got nuttier and nuttier. He still rocked, though. Now, his brain may be a little soft from the decades of partying, but the talent remains. Even if he has resorted to doing commercials with Justin Bieber (an early candidate to make this list 20 years from now).

Druggiest moment: Pretty much all of 1970 to 1985 or so.


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17 comments
dollboy99
dollboy99

Johnny Thunders the only American/New Yorker in the top 5!

pickle.ka
pickle.ka

Nikki sixx...the heroin Diaries? He did write an entire book about it complete with fucked up illustrations straight from crazy. Also died and was resuscitated then continued to use.

g.reick
g.reick

Crap ! Richards diddn't sniff his Fathers Ashes. That was a Joke - You have to read his  Book "Life". He cleans up with all the Rumours and Lies (he was never to a hemodialysis to get clean )

Richards & Lemmy Nr. 1 auff all Time !

moonbandito
moonbandito

Lemmie? Where is Lemmie. Keith Moon. Janis Joplin. Johnny Cash.

Sean Godoy
Sean Godoy

Footnote: amy winehouse is dead. I know it was written in 2011 but yeah and stuff.

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

Oh, wow, man! Like far out!! What was the question?

Eddie Starr
Eddie Starr

If people really want to push for getting it legal, then maybe they should share things like "Run from the Cure: The Rick Simpson Story," and other stories, about how cannabis has cured cancer. Just a thought.

Socrates Leo
Socrates Leo

Piece is not interesting, useful, or even slightly original, but it does allow a certain class of unsophisticated reader to feel cool and superior. So, tell Mom it's OK you didn't get that real job. This'll do for now, then LOOKOUTWORLD!

Druemitchell
Druemitchell

WAIT!!!! what about the; Jonas Brothers, Justin Beiber, Myle Cryus, and Taylor Swift?!?! Oh, I got ahead of myself that is the list for 2018.

youmayknowmeas
youmayknowmeas

Uhhh, the pic in number 4 is Shane Macgowan of the Pogues. Shaun Ryder was in Happy Mondays. Fire your archive person. And this list should be called Englands Druggiest rock stars. Where is Perry Farrell, Scott Weiland, Anthony Kiedis, Keith Morris, anyone who was in Guns n Roses or Motley Crew or the Ramones, and someone dead, Darby Crash. Look it up!

Lori
Lori

@Socrates Leo WHY ARE/WERE YOU HERE?????? A$$hole.

puremercury
puremercury

A) What the hell does that mean?

B) Since when does a music blog have to be "useful?" It's for entertainment and news updates.

C) Which "class of unsophisticated reader" gets "to feel cool and superior?"

and

D) Who feels more "cool and superior?" The people reading a MUSIC BLOG about rock stars, or a pretentious toolbag who bothers to log in to the site to slag something that doesn't affect him/her in the least? Jeez, the author tried to provide some free entertainment for your obviously sour existence. If you didn't like it, don't read the blog posts anymore.

Drac Ula
Drac Ula

That isn't McGowan you dumb wanker.

Ebb9301
Ebb9301

No, that IS Shaun Ryder, you smug dummy.

Lori
Lori

@dollboy99 Yes. Corona. Just a stone's throw away from Dee Dee!

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