Krokodil

Album: Single Release Only (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • New York singer and guitarist St. Vincent (real name Annie Clark) recorded this song for the 2012 Record Store Day, unaware it shares a name with a synthetic heroin style drug. "I Googled 'krokodil' after I'd written the song and was horrified," Clark told NME. "I didn't write it in reference to the synthetic narco-terrorist heroin ravaging Russia."
  • The song's name is Russian for crocodile, and Clark told NME that she gave the song its title, because "I knew my Lithuanian bandmate would appreciate it." She added: "One look at me and people could see I have no firsthand knowledge of the drug. Nor am I interested in glamorizing something so destructive. Weak-stomached fans be warned! Googling 'krokodil' is not for the faint of heart!"

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