The thing about addiction songs is narrowing down the list. A couple of friends made some great suggestions and this threatened to become a total monster so I'm breaking it up into multiple posts and I'm starting with blues because, well, I love the blues. It doesn't get much blusier than Bessie Smith so she's kicking us off. "Gin House Blues" was recorded in 1926.
I've played this one before here and this might be my favorite song about addiction by anyone ever. The "canned heat" in the title is Sterno, the stuff you use to cook when you're camping. Tommy Johnson recorded "Canned Heat Blues" in 1928.
Stevie Ray Vaughan got clean in the late 80s after a few decades lost to cocaine and booze and while he wrote music about it for In Step this song is not about that. It wasn't written by him but about him by his friend and fellow musician Doyle Bramhall. "Life by the Drop" was released on SRV's posthumous The Sky Is Crying and according to legend Bramhall didn't know that he had recorded it until after SRV died.
Okay, so what do you think is on Armitage's playlist if he has one? Comments are open. Have a great Saturday!