Tox Tunes #70: Turpentine Moan (Canned Heat)

February 17, 2013, 8:53 pm

     Well what you gonna do when your troubles they get like mine
     Well what you gonna do when your troubles they get like mine
     You take a mouthful of sugar, drink a bottle of turpentine

The blues-rock band Canned Heat took its name from Tommy Johnson’s 1928 classic “Canned Heat Blues“, the only tune I can think of that is about methanol poisoning.  Their song “Amphetamine Annie” — with its repeated admonition “Speed Kills!” — was one of the earliest anti-drug songs of the 1960s.

“Turpentine Moan” appeared on the band’s first album “Boogie with Canned Heat”. Chicago blues pianist Sunnyland Slim is on keyboards.

At least two band members on this track subsequently died of drug-related causes. Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson (slide guitar) died of a barbiturate overdose in September 1970 at age 26. Bob “The Bear” Hite (vocals) died in April 1981, probably of causes related to a heroin overdose.

 

 

 

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