For this Friday playlist, we pay homage to the stoner holiday of April 20. 4/20 is a day widely associated with the wonders of weed, and I figured there’s no better way to celebrate that day than with a playlist to accompany your hazy day.
Starting off with Peter, Paul & Mary’s version of Puff the Magic Dragon, we light up this mix with a song that has been widely debated about its true meaning, from some of the squeakiest clean musicians to ever sing a note. Peter Tosh’s Legalize Itis the first of the reggae-tinged tunes, and pulls no punches in the message Tosh is preaching, and one that is extremely pertinent in the U.S. today.
Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth is a song that every suburban kid played while rolling up blunts in their drives around town, and the original version of Smoke Two Joints by The Toyes (and made wildly popular by Sublime later on), is about as straightforward in promoting toking as they come. Makisupa Policeman from Bethel is my obligatory Phish fix for this mix, and welcome us to the dankest of confines: Page’s House! Kaya by the Ganja Guru and amazing prophet and reggae pioneer, Bob Marley, pays homage to his sacrament in a beautiful tone. Before him was Bob Dylan, whose Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 boasts the line: “Everybody must get stoned!” – an appropriate anthem being celebrated on 4/20.
We close things out with the funkalicious Mary Jane by Rick James. If pot still made me feel like this song, I might just still smoke it. The bass line in this song is quite simply the headiest of all 4/20 nuggets. And we are closed out by an oft-overlooked masterpiece and message of none other than Afroman, showcasing the comedic perils of getting ripped, in Because I Got High. Happy 4/20 everyone – and remember, if you blaze this day, be careful! You don’t want the Makisupa Policeman coming to your house!