We take a look at those who know how to get their rocks off...
Robyn Lynch

12:56 16th January 2012

We all know that old time cliché, and how well sex, drugs and rock n roll, go hand in hand. Rock music has always had a notorious past for excessive partying, including an intake of drugs not capable of other human beings.


While it seems that oldies such as The Beatles and David Bowie have fresh new bands beaten on the rock n roll antics front, there are the cases of The Libertines and MGMT who could give them a run for their money, or noses for that fact. And then we have Bez, who could be seen as the partying king of them all, go on lad.


It is not all fun and games, several masters behind our 15 Druggiest Albums Of All Time have made their way into the notorious 27 Club; Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix to name but a few who have met an untimely end.

  • Primal Scream – Screamadelica: Possibly the most drug influenced album of all time 'Screamadelica' is the ultimate ecstasy album for those who love an indie/dance crossover.

  • Dr Dre – The Chronic: The début album of Dr Dre was named after a slang word for high grade marijuana, what more can we say.

  • The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main St.: One of the most notorious rock n roll bands of all time, The Rolling Stones are rumoured to be performing a one off gig in London this year to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their first gig.

  • Oasis – Be Here Now: Never ones to shy away from a scandal, or to hold back on how they really feel, the Gallagher brothers are rather open about their drug use once quoted “I've spent £1million on drugs and enjoyed every minute” in the NME.

  • The Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust: Like name, like nature, The Chemical Brothers have never been ones to shy away from a party, especially with their live show.

  • David Bowie – Station to Station: Not being able to remember most of the 1980s, especially when your David Bowie and created some of your finest, most memorable work within that decade must really suck. Take note kids.

  • The Happy Mondays – Yes Please: Still dancing and partying hard, Bez of The Happy Mondays is more widely know for his partying antics than the band are for making good music. Only topped by Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, The Happy Mondays find it hard to say no.

  • Iggy Pop & The Stooges – Raw Power: Another one who is possibly more widely known for his abuse of drugs than quality music making, Iggy Pop has had several fights with addiction, the most notable around the time 'Raw Power' was released.

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band: Featuring one of the most famous songs about drugs of all time 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' was one of the least subtle references to drug use ever.

  • The Libertines – Up The Bracket: With lyrics such as “Where does all the money go, where does all the money go? Straight up her nose” on the track 'I Get Along', The Libertines first offering told of the bands unfortunate fate, throwing front-man Pete Doherty into a hazy limelight.

  • Nirvana – In Utero: Cemented in the celebrity hall of fame with his ever mysterious death in 1994, Kurt Cobain was a known heroin addict and one of the most famous members of the 27 Club.

  • Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn: Possibly the most commercially successful band of all time, Pink Floyd are know for their incredibly playful approach to music. Also know for ex front man Syd Barret and his eventual loss of his marbles from taking too much Acid, Pink Floyd may also serve as the biggest reminder to play it safe.

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?: Widely know for his use of LSD and tendency to smoke Cannabis, Jimi Hendrix became a poster boy for the stoner lifestyle, even after his death with his track 'Purple Haze' as a soundtrack.

  • The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground and Nico: Commercially The Velvet Underground never really made it, although album 'The Velvet Underground and Nico' is often highly ranked in top albums of all time listings, noting on drug culture throughout.