Archive | Feb 08, 2018

Certain Songs #1124: The Mekons – “Cocaine Lil”

Album: The Mekons Rock ‘n’ Roll
Year: 1989

The thing about cocaine, one of my friends once pointed out — unless it was me — is that it basically serves as an advertisement (or as The Mekons would no doubt say, “advert”) for itself. Or as another friend pointed out: it’s such a selfish drug.

The bloody-mindedness that coke inspires is at the center of the “Cocaine Lil,” a deep dark cautionary tale that that somehow refrains from being preachy, regardless of the fate of the titular character.