The thing about heroin is, as James Chance told me a coupla months ago, it is really good and it helps you calm down and create. <Much the same thing as Keith Richards claimed in his autobiography.
Telling people heroin is the devil and sucks won’t really cut it at all. Personally, I tried it a coupla times and didn’t like it (it made me puke my guts out) but any drug with so many people, so many artists, playing dice with their life must feel awesome.
Still, the thing about drugs is it starts by getting high and ends by getting normal and quitting… wow, all I can tell you is DTing from alcohol was a complete nightmare that stopped me dead in my tracks unable to do anything but drink or shake or, eventually, both.
So, yeah, heroin a good drug that’ll kill you and very painfully.
Which leads us to big mouth Damon Albarn admitting he took heroin at the height of Britpop. Since he was living with renowned heroin taker Justine Frischmann of Elastica so it isn’t a SHOCK shock and yet a surprise. On his upcoming solo album he claims he was on it for five days off for two days.
Damon told Q Magazine: “Heroin freed me up. I hate talking about this because of my daughter, my family. But, for me, it was incredibly creative … A combination of heroin and playing really simple, beautiful, repetitive shit in Africa changed me completely as a musician. I found a sense of rhythm. I somehow managed to break out of something with my voice. I just thought, ‘Why not?’ I never imagined it would become a problem. I can move forward now without all the nudge nudge, wink wink innuendo I’ve had in the background for years.”
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – August 1975 (Volume 7, Number 3)
If I did fifty shows I’d get the money from one
a growling, prowling slap pump and just another all American
a 28 song full, full blown reggae rasta brilliance
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1975 (Volume 7, Number 2)
the boundary breaking shock rocker of the decade
Harry seems to have it sewn up
a superb songwriter who can fill an album with excellent country mainstreamers
lovely tribute to her single mom
a classical guitarist and composer and has released more than 30 solo albums
“The song is about a mental institution”
Freakout Records Announce The 10th Annual Freakout Festival Taking Place on November 10-13 in Ballard (Seattle, WA)
a diverse arrangement of voices and sounds