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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." (thanks to David Wild, author of He Is...I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond
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.
Dean Friedman - "Ariel"
Dean's saga began with "Ariel," a song about falling in love with a Jewish girl from New Jersey.
Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James
, and Running On Empty
. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."
Collaborating with T Bone Burnett, Leslie Phillips changed her name and left her Christian label behind. Robert Plant, who recorded one of her songs on Raising Sand
, is a fan.
The acclaimed jazz singer explains how dancing expands her range as a vocalist.