LSD consumption and artistic creation seem to go hand in hand, and with good reason. They are a sort of magical loop, where one feeds the other, feeds the other, feeds the other, and so on. It is a never-ending cycle that has existed, and will continue to, as long as music and art exists. And being an ardent supporter and lover of both music AND hallucinogens, I can’t help but notice a few songs where it seems hallucinogens may have been consumed before the song was created. I realize this is all purely speculation on my part, but that is half the fun of being a writer, taking drugs and speculating on when other people took drugs. In the field of psychology, they would call what I am doing “projecting”, and I am fine with that. Also note, you will find a sort of mad dash between happy songs and dark songs here, and that polarity on this list is intentional, because that is what drugs are like. Amazing one minute, and world destroying the next. That comment will make more sense when you see the recent Syd Barret pic that is posted further down in this article. Buckle up, kids, because we are going deep down the rabbit hole.
I may not be speaking for everyone, but I am definitely speaking for myself when I say there is something undeniably spiritual about seeing an amazing band live. It just seems like every nerve ending reacts to hearing and feeling the sonic resonance of the music as it travels through the air. And sometimes there are other elements, which are completely out of your control, which can add to one another to make the show even better, whether it’s drugs or an electrical storm. Or even better, taking drugs at an outdoor show during an electrical storm. As scary as that may sound, you pair that up with one of your favorite bands putting on one of the best shows of their lives, and you have all the elements of a life-changing moment. The following are six shows I saw, and the circumstances in which I saw them under, that forever etched them into the wall of my subconscious.
Lately, I have had the attention span of a five-year-old who just snorted some pixie sticks. So for me right now, music videos are the ultimate form of storytelling, because it is the only form of storytelling I can somehow make it all the way through. You add animation to the mix, and I am fully engrossed. The fact that I need to have stories told to me in four-minute cartoons for me to enjoy them should give you all some insight into just how f*cked up my brain is right now. Anyway, when the animation fits the tone of the song just right, it pushes both mediums even further. Here are the ten best animated music videos ever. If I leave one out you really love, feel free to post them in the comments.