10. Neil Young – The Needle and the Damage Done

A powerful warning about the life wrecking power of heroin, this track from the classic 1972 Harvest album details the death and decline of close associates in a song that removed what little glamour there is from H.

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  1. The Ruts’ H Eyes was an anti-heroin song, sadly singer Malcolm Owen died of an overdose of the drug the year after it appeared. HIs death was in turn an inspiration behind the The Damned’s moving Limit Club.


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