Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Indices I'd Like to See: How-Stoned-Were-They?

So we were sitting in a pizza restaurant last night, and the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" came on the jukebox.* Having relatively recently seen Gimme Shelter, I thought to myself, "I wonder how stoned Mick Jagger was while recording that."

I'd like to see albums labeled with a How-Stoned-Were-They Rating, maybe a little pot leaf down in the corner with the number of leaves highlighted indicating the level of stoned-ness.** There are certainly large swaths of musical period/genre-space where most or all of the participants were notching several leaves:
  • Lots of early jazz and R&B
  • Lots of late jazz and R&B
  • Lots of hip-hop
  • Everything from the late Sixties and early Seventies (except Pat Boone)
  • Everything from Jamaica
  • Everything from K-Fed
Can somebody work on that?

* Or, as June was calling it, the "juice box".

** And we could develop a corresponding slang vernacular. Zero leaves would be a "Pat Boone". Five would be a "Janis Joplin". Or maybe a "Bob Marley". A "Louis Armstrong"? A "Snoop Dogg"? Hmm...


  1. This idea has great potential; a much more useful rating than the "dirty lyric" warning on cd's. Of course, this will entail much, er, research. I like your idea of a 5-leafer = a Louis Armstrong, since he reportedly smoked daily. It personalizes the rating. Although not a big fan of ambiant-type music, I think this genre might also be worth exploring for its leafy quotient. I do believe you're right about Pat Boone. Though, "Love Letters in the Sand" has a strange sound to it. I also think you can safely rule out Mantovani and Percy Faith. Christian music is another genre that you can pretty much zero leaf.
    African, the other Caribbean (French Antilles) and Brasil are good candidates too. This could be a lifetime project for devoted listeners.

  2. Anonymous10:44 AM

    I'd also like to know what Disney was snorting in the early days.

    Hey, nice place you got here...

    **looking around**

  3. Disney was Mexican. He was probably into an Altura blend of leaves. Or maybe cocoa leaves.

  4. Anonymous8:26 PM

    "a pizza restaurant"?