Clearly, Strummer had trouble keeping his own drummer Topper HeadonMarky Dread wrote: ↑05 Mar 2019, 11:49amSounds like you are making up your own theory.
Heroin wasn't destroying Strummer's friends. Their own stupidity did that and Joe singing about Heroin killing his friends in 1976 is stupid talk how many of Joe's squatting community do you think could afford a bag of Heroin? Sure the Heartbreakers famously took Heroin but they were not to blame for the likes of Sid taking it as he had taken it even before he joined the Pistols and met Thunders etc. So I wonder exactly who you think these friends were Joe was allegedly singing about?
The UK drug of choice for the punks and soul boys was Speed because it was cheap (affordable) and served it purpose for all-nighters.
You changing the ad-libs to suit your own narrative/conspiracy doesn't make it right.
Should change the name of the song back to it's original title "I'm So Bored with You".
from the heroin needle, and eventually was forced to fire him.
Certainly, backstage when Sid Vicious was holding court as a solo act
in NYC in late 1978/early 1979 with several members of the New York Dolls
must have been a blast -- Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan (drummer) were
definitely heroin addicts, in a place, NYC, where it has always been
extremely easy to 'score' or 'cop' heroin.
=============City of the Dead==================
In the city of the dead
Fall in love an' fall in bed
It wasn't anything you said
Except I know we both lie dead
Don't you know where to cop
That's what New York Johnny said
You should get to know your town
Just like I know mine
From what I have read, there was a "British System" within
the UK health system in the late 60's/early 70's to prescribe heroin
to people who their psychiatrists thought needed the drug,
through Drug Dependency Units (DDU) established by the Ministry of Health.
Thus it appears the UK Parliament was the one importing much of the
Golden Crescent opium directly.