Matching Coachella Bands to the Appropriate Drugs

Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, is going on this weekend in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. This article is by Adam Lovinus.

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Photos courtesy of LA Weekly/OC Weekly unless noted
Ever since sunshine acid saturated Woodstock back in 1969, music festivals and recreational pharmaceuticals have gone together. While we applaud those using Coachella as an opportunity to get sober, it's not for everyone, which is why below, we've recommended a fine list of musical acts and drugs that go together, to provide complementary and contrasting flavors for your mind's palette.

Now of course, all of this is at your own risk, we don't endorse any of it, and the author is speaking strictly from a SWIM's (someone who isn't me) sense of experience here cobbled together from the stories of others.


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BECK
Drugs:
Cannabis (Indica) + Ritalin

With its lush orchestral arrangements and cello drones, Beck's latest album Morning Phase complements perfectly the dreamy body buzz brought about by a bong load of sexy purple buds. Since this is a festival and not a plush sofa, a quick sniff of study drugs will do the trick for keeping up the proper headspace for the Odelay-era material.


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THE REPLACEMENTS
Drugs:
Whiskey + Celebrex

At age 54, Paul Westerberg is alt-rock's elder statesman (he's five days older than Michael Stipe). Chances are if you're a 'Mats fan, you're no spring chicken yourself. At this stage in the game, proper pre-show precautions are critical for enduring three days of hard partying in the desert. Stretch, hydrate at a 1:1 ratio, and take your arthritis meds. No need to blow out the lumbar ground-pounding on the first night.


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Photo by Henry Laurisch
THE KNIFE
Drug:
DMT

When it comes to the mindfuckery that the Dreijr siblings choreograph into their live set -- a "communal/political/conceptual/imaginational workout experience," as noted in their press materials -- hallucinogens are ideal. An LSD trip is too lengthy an ordeal for a Friday night show, but a quick-hitting DMT session will spin you 'round nicely without getting too strung out, leaving the door open for hard-partying the following evenings.


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PET SHOP BOYS
Drugs:
Amyl nitrates + Ketamine

The Pet Shop Boys' synthy thump has soundtracked gay-club boogie nights across the globe for 30 years. After a few years of rumored Coachella appearances, what better way to celebrate than with a sweaty, popper-fueled dancefloor fling, followed by a trip down the k-hole in homage to the duo's 2001 musical Closer to Heaven?


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MOTORHEAD
Drugs:
Biker meth + rail liquor

A no-brainer. Motorhead's name is '70s slang for a speed freak. Their brand of teeth-grinding, berserker riff rock was born in the nastiest squats around London, laying the foundation of the thrash-punk aesthetic for decades to come. So keep it real -- the dirtier the crank, the better. Chase it down with a flask of the cheapest gin available, and hold on for dear life.


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FOSTER THE PEOPLE
Drug:
Quaaludes

In the face of meh reviews of their sophomore album, Foster the People have been billed pretty highly at Coachella this year, presumably on the strength of a now three-year-old hit single. When obsolescence is the trip, 'ludes -- a once-loved downer phased out by modern benzos like Xanax and Klonopin -- becomes the drug of choice.


List continues on the next page.


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