This week’s FFFF is a tribute to one of the coolest things you can find in medical blogging…
Leon Gussow’s cracking blog ‘The Poison Review‘ is a fantastic resource for tracking the clinical toxicology literature and obtaining freely given expert analysis. But it also irregularly serves up a quirky feature called ‘Tox Tunes’, which forms the intersection of two of Leon’s great loves: music and toxicology.
Let’s press on and find out how well you know your tox tunes!
Which American band ‘wanted to be sedated’ and in the process created what Rolling Stone magazine considers to be the 144th greatest song of all time?
- The Ramones
- As Leon said in Tox Tunes #35: “Not bad for a group that knew only 3 or 4 chords and whose entire play list contains few works much longer than 2 minutes.”
- Don’t believe it was the 144th greatest song of all time? Here’s the proof.
“If you’re down, he’ll pick you up” if you “take a drink from his special cup”. Who were the Beatles singing about?
- Doctor Robert
- The song by The Beatles is based on “a New York doctor who habituated his socialite clients to narcotics by mixing methedrine with vitamin shots”.
- Leon featured this track in Tox Tunes #6.
Reputedly the first punk band, these guys got together in the early ’60s and while ‘some folks prefer water or wine, they prefer straight strychnine’… Who are they?
- The Sonics
- They featured in Tox Tunes #24, where Leon notes that, among others, they were a big influence on the White Stripes. They hailed from Tacoma, WA, a stones throw from what would become the epicentre of the Grunge explosion many years later.
- Now might be a good time to check out our Strychnine Tox Conundrum too…
What would “bore me terrifically too, yet I get a kick out of you”?
- As Leon tells us in Tox Tunes #10: “This Cole Porter song was introduced by Ethel Merman in the 1934 musical Anything Goes. At that time, apparently, no one had problems with the second verse”:
“Some they may go for cocaine,
I’m sure that if I took even one sniff
That would bore me terrifically too,
Yet I get a kick out of you.”
- The line was changed for the movie version to: “Some like the perfume from Spain”…
What is “Jake Leg”?
- aka Jake Walk or Jake paralysis, the term refers to an organophosphate-induced delayed paralysis caused by consumption of Jamaican Ginger aka Jake.
- Jake leg affected thousands in the American South and Midwest during prohibiton due to the adulteration of bootlegged Jamaican Ginger (~80% ethanol) with tri-ortho cresyl phosphate.
- Leon mentions Jake Leg here, in the context of the recent phenomenon of levamisole-adultered cocaine.
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