Under the law, promoters can be fined $250,000, or arrested, if it can be demonstrated that they know drugs are being used at their event – severely hampering visible harm-reduction efforts. But most fans have no way of knowing if what they are getting is real. “If you go to raves in Portugal, they have testing booths,” says Ed Karney, manager of top underground DJs, including Seth Troxler. People … Could R. Kelly Actually Get Signed Again? When it’s pure, the drug is significantly safer than, say, cocaine. So here’s our Top 10 countdown of the best ever songs about ecstasy. 1000 Degrees - Art of Anarchy; 30 Days In The Hole - Humble Pie; A Baltimore Love Thing - 50 Cent; A Junkie's Lament - James Taylor; A Little Work - Fergie; A Man Of Great Promise - The Style Council; A Million Bucks On A Queen Motel Bed - Eric Hutchinson; A Passage To Bangkok - Rush; A Very Cellular Song - The Incredible String Band; Ain't It Fun - Rocket from the Tombs; Ain't It Funny - … From what I’ve heard and seen on YouTube of their early concerts, the Mats made all their songs drinking songs. “You can literally go and get all of them tested for purity every single day. “We don’t promote it and it’s not allowed, but anytime there’s a party atmosphere going on, you always get those people that try to push the limits.”, Electric Zoo officials insist the festival was as safe as it could possibly be – at any given moment, 70 emergency medical technicians, 15 paramedics, five ER nurses, two physicians and numerous other medical personnel were on hand at Randall’s Island. D'Angelo, 'Brown Sugar' D'Angelo personifies his love for weed (a la Rick James' "Mary Jane") over a … “Right now, this crowd’s doing it in electronic music. This is a reference page for songs that heavily reference drugs. Molly, which has a reputation for being more pure, is at least as easy to tamper with. “Not an Addict” by K’s Choice. Ten concertgoers have died at Bonnaroo, for instance, since it began in 2002, some of them due to illegal substances. As lights flashed, monster beats pounded and thousands of ravers threw their arms in the air, things took a dark turn on August 31st, the second day of New York’s annual Electric Zoo festival. Stream Steve Aoki’s Wild ‘Electric Zoo 2013’ DJ Mix, Since 2003, the Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act, a law that targets dance events, has made it difficult for organizers to address this problem. In This Article: Sign up for our newsletter. In separate incidents, two young fans, University of New Hampshire student Olivia Rotondo, 20, and recent Syracuse University graduate Jeffrey Russ, 23, died after apparently taking MDMA, which is commonly referred to as Ecstasy (in its pill form) and Molly (a powder). We want to hear from you! Want more Rolling Stone? In the U.K., some of the raves will have testing areas. © Copyright 2020 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. To get a sense of how rarely MDMA is fatal, in 2011 the BBC reported that there were 500,000 yearly Ecstasy users in the U.K. and just 27 deaths. (A toxicology report is pending; four other people were hospitalized, and there had been 31 arrests.) Throughout the song he constantly references feeling alone. 105 years after the Merck Company invented MDMA, popular music is riddled with the stuff, from Miley Cyrus’s ‘ We Can’t Stop ’ (“Dancing with Molly”) to Jay-Z & Alicia Keys’ ‘ Empire State of Mind ’ (“MDMA got you feeling like a champion”). “The EDM culture exists because kids like to get fucked up and dance,” says a concert-business source. But in Portugal, for instance, where recreational use of the drug is decriminalized, things are different. In the song, Tom Petty talks about marijuana as a woman named Mary Jane. These testing kits are readily available, and it’s just a matter of whether the authorities are going to allow that to go on.”, It’s also not clear if there really are more deaths at EDM events than at other music festivals. No matter how you feel about marijuana, the song is a good look at the mindset of an addict. It may be about E but the video famously features every drug going. Sample lyric: “Try and look into their eyes/A part of the weekend never dies”. It’s also a celebration of the way ecstasy combines with music so gloriously. Gradually building and building over a pulsing Moroder-esque bassline, it describes “disintegrating” and “coming apart at the seams” but makes the process sound luscious, before concluding, “I can’t get it out of my system”. Two died at Electric Zoo, but are raves really more dangerous than other events? According to a New York Post report, Rotondo told an EMS worker, “I just took six hits of Molly,” before suffering a massive seizure. “The biggest issue with Molly is it’s a white powder, and a white powder can be absolutely anything,” says psychiatrist Julie Holland, who edited Ecstasy: The Complete Guide. The song “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” is a wonderful example of a song about addiction. 105 years after the Merck Company invented MDMA, popular music is riddled with the stuff, from Miley Cyrus’s ‘We Can’t Stop’ (“Dancing with Molly”) to Jay-Z & Alicia Keys’ ‘Empire State of Mind’ (“MDMA got you feeling like a champion”). This year, as many as 20 people in the U.K. have died after taking what they thought were Ecstasy pills, many of which contained PMA, a much more toxic drug that mimics the effects of MDMA. K’s Choice, a band from Belgium, was far from mainstream for a many … When it’s pure, the drug is significantly safer than, say, cocaine. During a press conference after the tragedy, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised promoter Made Event for putting in “as good procedures as we could think of.”, But as long as young fans are gathering in huge numbers, with many of them taking drugs, there are risks. “Everyone said, ‘We need 100 percent assurance that we can put this on safely,'” says Stefan Friedman, spokesman for promoter Made Event, “and the decision was made that if this was not possible, we were not going to put a third day on.”. Since at least the early 1990s, raves and dance music have been strongly associated with MDMA. Songs about drugs. Sample lyric: “You take the minuses and leave me with the plus’s/Oh, my sweet serotonin rushes”. (Not a little but a lot.) Electric Zoo 2013 fans at Randall's Island in New York City. The deaths (along with that of 19-year-old Brittany Flannigan, who died the previous week after overdosing on what was presumed to be Molly at a Zedd show at Boston’s House of Blues) are tragic reminders of the complex relationship between drugs and EDM events. Early the next morning, organizers spoke to city officials via conference call, and all parties agreed to cancel the event’s final day – presumably, among other concerns, there was a fear that whatever had killed the young fans could still be circulating. After all, music never sounds quite the same after that first dose. This story is from the September 26th, 2013 issue of Rolling Stone. Drugs, Electric Zoo 2013. The Optimism Remains, Sore Loser Trump Snaps at Reporter for Doing His Job, George Harrison Estate Releases New Mix of ‘All Things Must Pass’ Title Track. What’s less clear is which are the best actual songs – with words and choruses and all that - devoted to disco biscuits? The lyrics are an impressionist portrait of a night out, on it, with a certain sense of unease (“I’m not sure which part I’m playing”), but eventually the “party feels like home”. “It sucked that this happened,” says David Grutman, operating partner of Miami megaclub LIV. And, of course there are a billion dance tunes marinated in the stuff, often with the word ‘Ecstasy’ dropped in liberally throughout. The first single from the Brighton synth-pop outfit’s latest album is as catchy as anything they’ve ever done. Since at least the early 1990s, raves and dance music have been strongly associated with MDMA. Still the Dewaele brothers biggest UK hit, reaching No.27 in the charts, partly off the back of their blossoming success as 2ManyDJs. Send us a tip using our anonymous form. A recent study of Genius.com user demographics suggested the need for this reference tool. Why Fortnite Is Accused of Stealing Dance Moves, Why Taylor Swift Is Using Facial Recognition at Concerts. He also talks about using the drug to escape the pain of being alone. In 1969, it was called Woodstock.”. Bangin’ electro-rocker with bags of attack and a driving riff. Electric Zoo, which drew 90,000 dance-music fans to New York’s Randall’s Island, featured a deep lineup of top talent – including David Guetta, Avicii and Diplo. In fact, half of the “MDMA” recently tested at U.S. festivals by a group called DanceSafe, which makes simple testing kits available to fans online, was found to be fake. 'The Mandalorian' Recap: What's In a Name, How to Watch Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. Online, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton Announce Anti-Lockdown Song ‘Stand and Deliver’, A Hip-Hop Pioneer Loses His Leg.