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February 06, 2008

NYT:"References to drug and alcohol use are pervasive in popular music"

Breaking news from the New York Times health blog: References to drug and alcohol use are pervasive in popular music, scientists say!


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Would these be Bush appointed "sciencers"?

I hear next they are going to examine the question "Do musicians use drugs?"

Someone get the smelling salts, these NYT types will need them.

This just in: Notorious degenerate lyricist Cole Porter pens booze / narcotic reference into Broadway show tune. -

I get no kick from champagne
Mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all
So tell me why should it be true
That I get a kick out of you

Some get their kicks from cocaine
I'm sure that if I took even one sniff
That would bore me terrifically too
That I get a kick out of you

Be sure to check out their upcoming editorial: "Kids should get off our lawns."

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Well, I'll drink to that!

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Champagne don't make me crazy
Cocaine don't make me lazy
Ain't nobody's business but my own

Candy is dandy
But the liquor is quicker
If you drinking all the liquor
Down to Costa Rica

Ain't nobody's business but your own

Rev. Gary Davis

Dream about the reefer
Six feet long
Not too sweet but not to strong
I wants to get high
But not for long

When you the viper
Fats Waller

i am shocked, shocked to hear that there is drug use in the music industry!

NYTimes health blog: Water wet, sun likely really hot.

Add this to the archives of past newspaper headliners:

Panda Mating Fails, Vets Take Over
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What about all the country songs about booze?

We'll need a bi-partisan comission to investigate these charges.

Recent medical study confirms: Julius Caesar dead at 56. Sharp implements suspected as cause.

In related news, a carefully crafted and peer reviewed study suggests that cheerleaders and beer may be popular among university fraternities in the United States.

mudkitty -

The study includes country-music songs about alcohol.


Seventy-seven percent of rap songs tracked in the study contained such ("substance abuse") references, along with 36 percent of country songs, 20 percent of songs classified as "R&B/hip-hop," 14 percent of rock songs and 9 percent of pop songs. Alcohol and marijuana were the most common references found, with tobacco more rarely mentioned.

In "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off", country singer Joe Nichols sings: "She can handle any champagne brunch/A bridal shower with Bacardi punch/Jello shooters full of Smirnoff/But tequila makes her clothes fall off."

Ain't it grand?

I smell another culture war warming up...

Irving Berlin:
Cuba, where wine is flowing
And where dark-eyed Stellas
Light their fellers' Panatellas

That's about drinking and smoking, unless, perhaps, a cigar is not just a cigar.

For the culture warriors, there's I Spent My last $10.00 (On Birth Control and Beer)

I contend that if it were not for popular music most young people would not know about things like sex and booze.

I hate that blog. She tends to know just enough about what she's talking about to get things a little bit, but meaningfully, wrong.

Just wait, it's only a matter of time before Big Pharma makes a deal with "artists" to include product placement in song lyrics

Well, there was Hadacol, already. (See "The Hadacol Caravan" section.)

And, in a sort of flipside, musicians exposed the ravages of Jamaican Ginger, another patent medicine, in "Jake-Leg Blues" songs.

Old crank - what songs would you nominate for drug commercials?

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