2. The Stranglers ‘Golden Brown’

Whilst the band have never directly admitted what the song was about and the lyrics fantastically work on several different levels there is consensus that the inspiration could well be about heroin. One of the several songs that ended up being a huge seller and a mainstream staple whilst being, perhaps, inspired by darker subject matter.

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