* clears throat *
(In a melodic, singing voice...)
Lucy in the skyyyyy... with diamonds...
Beatles, Elton John...
Yeh yeh, I know, the Beatles denied that they realised it spelled LSD, but I don't believe them because it's more fitting with my argument.
The stones made reference, too. In fact, did they not release a single called - "Stoned".
Marvin Gaye referenced them too, but play Heard it Through the Grapevine, Hitch Hike, Aint No Mountain High Enough, and all the stiffs will be up dancing.
Dr Hook made reference to drugs, too. Normally softer drugs (cannabis). Bob Dylan. But another thing that needs to considered is that the true extent of the dangers of drugs like Cocaine and Heroin weren't really known back then. I wasn't around 'back then' but that's my understanding. Was Cocaine not considered harmless when it first hit the states? AND - "COCAINE - CLAPTON" who doesn't love that song, not because it's abut drugs, but because it's a great, catchy song. He didn't write it but he sang it. Clapton made a lot of reference to drugs, but people who only like him for 'wonderful tonight', are none the wiser. And the Hendrix version of Dylans All Along the Watch Tower - I played that to my dad (and others), he really liked it, obviously because it's amazing. Until I told him it was Hendrix - that's my 'Pet Peeve' in a nutshell. Being sort of twisted, I do it a lot when I have people in my car that I know dislike people like Hendrix.... "Ya do like it, DO YA, well, affraid to tell you, but its HENDRIX!!!!"
i'm not pro drugs at all, just fail to see why people can judge musicians on that fact. It's their loss as they miss out on a lot of great music, some of the best in my opinion.
I do see your point, though. Hendrix and the Doors, I guess, were more blatant about it. Not to mention that The Doors played their own unique style of music which draws controversy anyway. They were an individual band, AND known drug users. Hendrix music, the more well known stuff anyway, is very 'rock', and mostly had a raw and often psychedelic style so again, it's very 'drug user-ish' and the individuality sets him up for more scrutiny as well, like The Doors. Although, Jim Morrison contributed a lot to the controversy of The Doors. But I love him anyway.