Walter White's Mixtape: The Best Songs About Meth
By: Tom Cowell
Even experts need to kick out the jams while they cook up the rock
Where there be drugs, there be songs. The Velvets will rhapsodize their smack, Redman will tell you How to Roll A Blunt... musicians just can't help writing odes to the junk that messes 'em up. But where is the Meth songbook? The charts aren't exactly packed with serenades to the meth experience. Maybe crystal doesn't have the same rock n' roll cache enjoyed by your cocaines and your heroins (facial scabs and bad teeth don't get you a Rolling Stone cover). But by some estimates, the speedy little crystal is America's third favorite drug (after booze and weed). So let's give meth its moment in the musical sun. We did some digging and found the 10 best songs to enjoy whenever you want to kick back, smoke rock and break very bad.
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"Go or Go Ahead"
Who knew you could write a sweet, slow ballad about being on meth? Maybe Wainwright broke through the tweaky paranoia barrier and found the zen-like calm at the end of the meth rainbow? Or maybe he was just out of his tree and got very lucky.
"Helmet in the Bush"
You should sit down before we give you this shocking news, but... Korn have smoked their share of meth. And this little ditty is without doubt the best song ever written about how difficult it is to get an erection after smoking a big bowl of Dirty Tina. "Helmet in the Bush": we clear on that image? The helmet refers to the tip of a male meth smoker's penis. The bush is his public hair.
The Mountain Goats
"Letter From Belgium"
What Bob Marley is to weed, surely the Mountain Goats are to meth. Heck, they wrote a whole album (We Shall All Be Healed) about a group of friends addicted to crystal in the meth-addicted musician's spiritual capital: Portland, Oregon. Yeah we're all here chewing our tongues off/ Waiting for the fever to break , sings John Darnielle on this track, and who hasn't felt that way on something they shouldn't have taken so much of?
Yeah, this one's about meth.
"New Amphetamine Shriek"
You don't get many cool-points for smoking a big bag of crank. No one will think you're a bohemian, they'll think you're a loser. But even anti-war 60's psych-rock pioneers The Fugs liked to lose a few days grinding their teeth and twitching every now and then. Tell the drug-snobs to stick THAT in their pipe and smoke it. Right after you use it to smoke all the meth.
"(Those) Damn Blue Collar Tweekers"
Les Claypool sings this anthem to hard-working, hard-smoking tradesmen who throw up sheet-rock for 16 hours straight, and barely feel the nails they accidentally shoot into their hands. Be grateful to them: their shoddy but rapid workmanship is the reason your landlord could poorly refurbish your apartment for eight dollars and then overcharge you for a "completely renovated" space.