Tox Tunes #47: Cocaine Blues (Nick Drake)

July 4, 2011, 1:08 pm

Nick Drake (1948-1974) released only 3 albums in his short career. This early home-recorded version of “Cocaine Blues” can be found on the posthumously-released compilation Family Tree. Although he developed a cult following in the British folk-music scene in the early 1970s, he never achieved real fame or popularity until 2000 when his song “Pink Moon” was used in a Volkswagen commercial.

Throughout his career, Drake suffered from severe depression, no doubt exacerbated by his use of what was described as “unbelievable amounts of marijuana”.  On November 23, 1974, he died of an acute amitriptyline overdose.

Here’s the Volkswagen commercial:

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