Another Wednesday is here, which means it’s time for the 5 Souls Weekly Walkout. Now, typically, the Weekly Walkout pairs fighters with songs. However, in honor of former UFC fighter Paul Kelly’s 13-yr prison sentence for heroin trafficking, we’ve put together a list of our favorite smack-inspired songs in no particular order:
1. Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” (click here to listen): If you’re not familiar with this homage to heroin, you’ll probably laugh when you think about every stupid marketing campaign that used it’s chorus to sell some silly product…”Oh, it’s such a perfect day. I’m glad I spent it with you.” It’s a love song, indeed…about the only thing that kills a man more slowly and painfully than marriage…just kidding wifey.
2. Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” (click here to listen): One of Pink Floyd’s biggest hits, if you relax and clear your head while listening to the tune, we’d swear the melody produces a natural high…either that or my home’s carbon monoxide monitor isn’t working. ”There is no pain you are receding. A distant ship’s smoke on the horizon. You are only coming through in waves. Your lips move, but I can’t hear what you’re saying.”
3. Ministry’s “Just One Fix” (click here to listen): Probably the most commonly known Ministry tune, I still remember the first time I heard it. I was in Junior High, and a group of kids from the High School on the same campus played the song at a pep rally. The asleep at the wheel administrators were never the wiser and took more issue with the lead singer performing without a shirt on than the song’s meaning. ”Blood keeps drinking away. Certain of it’s destination. Driving through New Orleans at night. Gotta find a destination. Just one fix.”
4. Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” (click here to listen): It’s quite ironic that a song about something as divisive as heroin is also the song of Pop’s that is most universally accepted. Even Buffy and Brad bounce in their Mercedes SUV on the way to the country club when the percussion kicks in…with the windows up of course. ”Your skin starts itching once you buy the gimmick about something called love. Oh love, love, love. Well, that’s like hypnotizing chickens.”
5. The La’s “There She Goes” (click here to listen): If you didn’t know this song was all about smack, it’s probably because Hollywood brainwashed you to believe it was about a guy who looked like Ethan Hawke falling under the spell of the latest starlet. ”There she goes. There she goes again. Pulsing through my veins. And I just can’t contain this feeling that remains.”
6. Neil Young’s “Needle and the Damage Done” (Jewel’s version, click here to listen): I think Jewel’s version of Young’s classic is one of the sexiest renditions of a song I’ve ever heard. I grew up with Graham Nash’s children and often used to tease Graham about Young’s voice and guitar playing in CSNY just to get a rise out of him. ”I caught you knockin’at my cellar door. I love you, baby, can I have some more Ooh, ooh, the damage done.”
7. Guns n’ Roses’ “Mr. Brownstone” (click here to listen): The best hook ever written for a song, in my humble opinion. ”I used ta do a little, but a little wouldn’t do. So the little got more and more. I just keep tryin’ to get a little better, said a little better than before.
8. James Brown’s “King Heroin” (click here to listen): The greatest frontman in history takes a break from his screaming on this track to rap to the world about heroin. That drug messes with your mind, as evidenced by these lyrics - “Be you Italian, Black jewish or Mex, I can make the most virile of men forget their sex.”
9. Miles Davis’ “Flamenco Sketches” (click here to listen): I used this song to wake me up for two years of college while I was completing my music minor and completely obsessed with Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, and too many others to name. Miles was allegedly clean when he composed Kind of Blue, the album this song was on. Take some time to listen to the entire album, because many say it’s the closest experience to actually doing heroin.
10. Queens of the Stone Age “In the Fade” (click here to listen): To say that I am a fan of Queens of the Stone Age is an understatement. And this tune that never made the radio is one of my favorites. ”Cracks in the ceiling, crooked pictures in the heart. Countin and breathin, I’m leaving here tomorrow. They don’t know, I’d never do you any good. Laughin is easy, I would if I could.”
Got any favorites of your own?
Here are the stories that caught our eye:
1. No more flip-flops and shorts for UFC fighters doing media. Uncle Dana is trying to class up the joint.
2. Former UFC fighter Paul Kelly just got sentenced to 13 years in prison for heroin trafficking. Something tells us a few inmates may want to test him.
3. Nick Diaz wants to implement PRIDE rules in his new WAR MMA promotion. Not a chance CA signs off on knees to downed opponents.
4. Pat Barry’s manager says an eye poke is to blame for the stoppage of Barry’s bout against Shawn Jordan. His manager is creating as much spinning for Barry as Jordan’s uppercuts did.
1. Drones, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib…weak compared to the biggest military scandal of modern time…Cap’n Crunch is not a Captain at all.
2. Joey Crawford is one of the refs for Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Probably best to switch your bet to the Heat if you had the Spurs.
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