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Album: Velvet Gloves and SpitReleased: 1968
Possibly Diamond's most bizarre song, this is an early anti-drug song, but it's set to a catchy, uptempo melody. Audio from genuine drug addicts appears throughout the song, as they tell their horror stories ("I used to shoot acid in my spine"). The addicts came from the Phoenix House in New York City. Most of them were actually heroin addicts, but Neil Diamond singing about heroin would have been even more disturbing.
Diamond spoke with David Wild, who covered him for Rolling Stone, about this song. Said Diamond: "Part of me is rebellious. And part of me will do something like that just to say, 'Hey, f--k you.' That's all it is. Fortunately, that side of me doesn't come out too often. It also confirmed a lot of people's feelings that I wasn't hip."
In 1976, cops raided Diamond's house and found less than an ounce of marijuana. The arrest was struck from his record when he agreed to attend a drug aversion program.