Seriously, think about it: Why is it that hard drug addicts (including Jerry Garcia, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, and countless, countless others) seem to make the best rock stars?
I once talked to a brain scientist who actually had an answer to this question. She probably wouldn’t want to be named, but argued forcefully that the endogenous brain chemicals produced in the presence of vast fame (huge crowds cheering, blinding sex appeal, etc) were so powerful that only the most potent of external substances, such as heroin, could possibly match that high. She speculated that people who are driven to become famous need these chemicals — hence the logic of heroin.
I believe that’s true. But it’s also true, as this hilarious graphic from the Onion shows, that sometimes these same addicts make really good music. Amy Winehouse is the latest, for good or ill. She has reinvented Motown with a wit no one has managed in three decades. Hope she can stay on top of it:
September 5, 2007 | Issue 43•36
The Troubled Life of Amy Winehouse
Friends and family have been in the news recently urging British pop singer Amy Winehouse to
quit using drugs, saying that she has a problem. What have the warning signs been?
Follow-up single to "Rehab" was "Big Fat Lid of Black Tar Heroin"
Beehive hairdo occasionally drops baggies, spoons, poppy plantations
Always in good mood or bad mood
Keith Richards seen leaving her flat looking defeated
Constantly screams "God, I love taking drugs!"
Before a show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, Winehouse refused to go on until the stage had been cleared of all the four-headed snakes and ghosts of her ancestors
Her music thus far is pretty cool