Friday Video – Dandy Warhols, “Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth”

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Happy holidays! This song’s about drugs.

Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth” rocks on a number of levels, but here is our favorite level: while singer Courtney Taylor is clearly unhappy about the song’s subject turning to hard drugs, it’s the reason for them turning to hard drugs that has him so annoyed – he got into drugs because he thought it was the hip, trendy thing to do. “Shouldn’t you have got a couple piercings and decided, maybe, that you were gay?” Taylor pleads in the second verse. It’s a double-edged insult: his friend is both weak-willed and a trend-hopper. Actually, it’s a three-pronged zinger, because the friend is also out of touch with what’s cool. And heroin is definitely not cool. This song is, though. Love those tweaked out dancers, not to mention all of the prizes that await the “winner” of the game show. Puking! Flaming car! Death! Man, what’s not to love?

Oh, right, the puking, the flaming car, and the death. We’ll just listen to this instead.

For the record, the second level we love about this song is the backward snare drum hit in the breaks. That little bit is the biggest hook in the song.


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