Yes, we know all about Os Mutantes, Fleet Foxes and Beach House. All great modern bands who have made records that go great with marijuana.
But what about the classics? With the 21st Century now rolling toward the end of its second decade, it’s not surprising that some of the Millennial generation – not to mention the first wave of 20-something Generation Zers – may not be familiar with the classics of the stoner rock genre.
Tunes That Go Great With Marijuana
Not to sound too much like your old uncle, but seriously, you have to check these out.
The next time a blissed out, mellow evening sounds like just the ticket, these records can provide a great soundtrack. Headphones optional, but highly recommended.
Dr. Dre, “The Chronic”
Dr. Dre’s breakthrough solo record, after the demise of N.W.A., still ranks as rap’s perfect summer album. It also launched the career of Snoop Dogg, whose laid-back delivery and sense of humor came to define a whole era. The title comes from a strain of weed, but now “chronic” is pretty much synonymous with cannabis. That’s how popular this record became.
My Bloody Valentine, “Loveless”
If noise is your thing – beautiful, beautiful noise – then here’s the one for you. No words in this paragraph can explain what this record sounds like. Notes get bent. Bilinda Butcher sings in an indecipherable whisper. It’s weird but in a warm way. Sort of.
Beck, “Mellow Gold”
Back in the 1990s, with the rest of the world donning flannel and listening to grunge, Beck made a fun, trippy record named after a strain of weed. It still serves as a great anecdote to feeling stressed. You can’t possibly be uptight listening to this.
Blue Oyster Cult, “Agents of Fortune”
Yes, the first track, “Summer of Love,” is actually about the death of the hippie movement. But cannabis isn’t all about beads and headbands and tie-dye. While Black Sabbath has the market cornered on heavy metal (emphasis on heavy) and Led Zeppelin is great if you’re into elves and Vikings, which is fine by the way, Blue Oyster Cult just feels smarter and, well, darker. And more “sci-fi.” But also trippy. And there is no better trippy, dark song than “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” the third track on this classic record.
Meat Puppets, “Up On The Sun”
A lot of cool music happened in the 1980s, you just didn’t hear it on the radio. While synth-pop and dance music dominated the charts, Arizona punk rockers Meat Puppets decided to make a mystic, mellow, dazed-and-confused album that shimmers and chimes and jangles through 12 interlocking tracks.
Bob Marley, “African Tribesman”
Any Marley record, really. You can’t be a fan of marijuana and not have listened to Marley. Marley soothes your mind while moving your feet. There’s really never been anyone else quite like him.
The Beatles, “Magical Mystery Tour”
There are many great things going on here because, after all, it’s a Beatles record. But “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “I Am The Walrus,” both written by John Lennon, provide the trippy pop standard by which all trippy pop is judged. And, of course, the title song’s refrain of “roll up, roll up for the mystery tour” says it all.
Jimi Hendrix, “Electric Ladyland”
Jimi Hendrix died a long time ago and far too young. But he left behind music that still sounds new today – and extremely buzz-friendly. This is a classic no matter what type of music you are discussing. Just listen to a master make the definitive version of an old Bob Dylan song. It’s the epitome of tripped-out rock and roll cool.
So there you have it. A little something for everyone that will surely go great with marijuana. Go forth and listen.