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Topic:Best Albums to Listen to Stoned
by: MikeOwl
Mar. 14, '09 1:19am
I like listening to music when I am stoned. By stoned I specifically mean cannabis inebriation, although LSD and psilocybin mushrooms also do strange things to musical appreciation in human beings. In this case I am writing about cannabis inebriation and listening to music through headphones.

I would also like to state that I do not like to get high with other human beings around me. There's too much psychic static and unresolved issues involved in that. Unless of course you are comfortable with total boundary dissolution with that person or persons.

Okay, so my first selection is a classic: the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". This is still an amazing album, even after almost forty-something years. George Martin's production techniques are unrivaled in my opinion. When listening through headphones the sounds and instruments are clumped together in various sonic spaces. Martin's production seems almost 3D to me. Under the influence of cannabis this album seems to come alive. It's always hard to describe personal experiences of herbs and music but this album is a good place to start.

My next selection is Van Halen's "Women and Children First". My overall impression of this album is that the band was partying like rock stars when they recorded this. My second impression was that there were sonic spaces similar to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper. I tried to listen to Van Halen's "Diver Down" when stoned and it wasn't nearly as interesting- it's a great album but not a stoner album.

My last album for this post is the Cranberries' "Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We?" Best known for two hit singles, this is one of my favorite albums of the 1990s. Emotional affection may be in play in here, but the music is also amazingly powerful. The music is hypnotically beautifully in many songs. Delores O'Riordan's voice is so emotionally powerful that I was almost writhing around on the floor in response to her vocals- and the music is equally haunting (remember: I was totally stoned). This is a "do not miss" in my view: smoke some cannabis and listen to this album.

Forget the St. Paddy's day crap and listen to some real Irish rock. Slainte!
by: MikeOwl
Mar. 15, '09 12:42am
Wow, I guess I needed to unwind last night. Give me a few or forty beers and I'll go on and on. One day later I realize that cannabis is illegal in this country. Who knew?

I'd like to add half an album here, the Indigo Girls' first album, which is self-titled. Half because I've only made it through side one when I was stoned (I fell asleep rather than flipping over the album- it was the beer or the wine or the cannabis, not the music).

This was a really interesting album because it is acoustic music. Recording acoustic music fascinates me: it seems like a magical pain in the ass. This album is well done though. The guitars are panned left and right, the vocals occupying various spaces in the center of one's head.

The first song- "Closer to Fine"- is actually a collaboration with the Irish band Hothouse Flowers (hence the pennywhistle solo). The second song is one of my favorite songs, "Secure Yourself". Being stoned really opened my ears and mind to the separate guitar and vocal parts. The dual vocal dance at the end of the song is overwhelming in intensity.

REM's Michael Stipe makes an appearance in "Kid Fears"- and the emotional intensity of this album just keeps growing as the songs progress. The next song's theme seems to be about drug abuse and religious salvation. "The Prince of Darkness" is amazingly powerful in its honesty- and is heightened by the herbal effects of cannabis.

Side one is closed out by "Blood and Fire", an emotional firestorm of longing. This is one of the songs that introduced me to the Indigo Girls: a high school girlfriend included this song on a mix tape for me. This song is pure love, lust and longing. If I could be true to the original I would cover this song. I don't know if I could do it justice. She was a beautiful girl and this song reminds of her.

Side two will have to wait until I have more cannabis. I have none at this time. Side two is already incredibly sad when not stoned: the themes dealt with go from romantic infidelity to the dissolution of relationships and then the ultimate mortality of all of us. Heavy stuff for a stoned mind- or any thinking brain.
by: patman
Mar. 17, '09 9:41pm
UNDERGROUND-The Elecric Prunes
by: MikeOwl
Mar. 21, '09 2:44am
Thank you, Patman, I just looked up Buffy Sainte Marie's "Illuminations" and I'm going to pick up a copy as soon as I can.

I've never heard of the Electric Prunes, I'll have to check them out.

Rock on...
by: patman
Sept. 18, '11 6:47pm
Did ya get a chance to listen to either of them?
by: patman
Sept. 28, '11 8:32pm
by: patman
Sept. 28, '11 8:51pm
"By stoned I specifically mean cannabis inebriation".

Oh, you mean the bad (illegal)
drugs that grow from the earth. Not very profitable, those...
Synthetic Petroleum products:
Hence their legality.

Ok kids
history lesson.
Plastic in
Hemp out.
by: patman
Sept. 28, '11 9:01pm

nothin' ta see here
nothin' to see
there is

nothing to here


site map

interesting timesthese are interestingtimesthese

by: patman
Sept. 28, '11 10:33pm
"would also like to state that I do not like to get high with other human beings around me."


you're making me

by: patman
Sept. 30, '11 8:21am
UNDERGROUND-The Elecric Prunes
LIVE DEAD (first one) (first 2 songs)Dark Star and St.Stephen/The Eleven
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