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Friday, August 23, 2013

Best Song Ever (This Week): High Speed and the Afflicted Man's "Get Stoned Ezy"

Posted by on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM

This should've been posted right before Hempfest, but oh well. Blame it on all those joints I didn't smoke.

What we have here is the title track from Get Stoned Ezy*, a 1982 LP that bypassed all but the most highly attuned collector-scum demographic. I can't fucking believe it, but even Mike Nipper hasn't heard it. High Speed and the Afflicted Man—led by guitarist/vocalist Steve Hall—were an English trio who stormed into turbid psych and punk realms inhabited by heavy mofos like the Stooges, Human Instinct, Musica Transonic, Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Electric Eels. On the album's three songs, Hall sings with agitated crankiness out the side of his mouth à la Stack Waddy's John Knail, as he struggles to be heard amid the over-driven, vomiting-in-tongues guitar and bass.

BSE (TW) honors could've gone to any of the album's three tracks, but we're running with "Get Stoned Ezy," because it's fun to say and write... and it's the shortest thing on the disc. You probably don't have patience for 12- and 14-minute songs on a Friday afternoon. The main riff on "Get Stoned Ezy" feels like a repurposed move from an early Pretty Things tune or something, but smothered in fuzz and ignited by powerhouse, alpha-male drumming. Listen a few times and it just commandeers your brain and becomes your god-damn anthem for the next several hours. This is filthy gold. Profuse thanks to Guerssen for rescuing Get Stoned Ezy from oblivion.

*Guerssen Records reissued it on CD in July; it's distributed in the US by Forced Exposure.


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lowlytootle 1
I actually know this song, and to know a song that Mr. Nipper doesn't know makes me feel pretty darn good. I heard it on WFMU a few weeks ago and it helped put me in a sleepy trance that was just as effective as getting stoned.
Posted by lowlytootle on August 23, 2013 at 7:42 PM · Report this
Yeah, this record does rule and has been reissued/booted a few times over the years. Permanent also reissued Afflicted Man's 'I'm Off Me 'Ead' a few months ago and they included a reprint of an Forced Exposure article.
Posted by honcho on August 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM · Report this

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