In honour of Alan Johnson’s decision to fire the government’s chief advisor on drugs policy for suggesting that the policy should be based on scientific evidence rather than tabloid headlines, here’s the world of pop discussing drugs. But will they make Alan happy with outright condemnation, or will they suggest that there are nuances and complexities and make Alan angry?
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Message: If you get involved with heroin, you will die. Thumbs up for Curtis’ clear, uncompromising and funky message.
Drug: Heroin, PCP, Magic Mushrooms
Message: Drugs fuck you up (“c’est celui qui vous baise a l’aise”). For once, Serge is wholly on message. The only problems, would the kids take advice on the dangers of illicit drugs from a chain-smoking alcoholic assuming they had been paying attention in their French classes.
Message – Admittedly it allows that morphine can have it’s moments “you should have seen me and my morphine when we used to go dancing in the war, spin me right off my feet” but ultimately demonstrates that it will result in pain, emptiness and yodelling.
Message: Overall tone of disapproval (and who could have more insight into the struggles of the suburban sixties housewife than the Stones) but not the outright unqualified condemnation that the government would like to see.
Message: Doesn’t explicitly mention cocaine, and dwells more on the hangover than the high. Acceptable.
Message: Sound on the damage wrought by drugs, but perhaps dwelling on the fate of injured soldiers more than necessary in the current political climate.
Message: Who cares what their message is, alcohol is legal.
Message: A clear refusal from Jeffrey, and an admirable willingness to resist peer pressure. But I think we could do without the admission that other may find acid fun.
Message: Suggests that drugs are the only thing that can be relied upon in a troubled world. Very off-message. The only hope our kids have got from not being corrupted is if they do like me and mishear “his name is codeine” for “his name is called Dean”.
Message: Suggesting that Labour politicians might offer drugs to pop stars? No, no, no!