What do you get when “Dopesmokers of the World Unite and Take Over”? Well, Blind Uncle Harry decided to take us through the journey to the answer via his latest single. Inspired by the Beach Boys’ live jam session recording of Barbara Ann while allegedly on acid, Dopesmokers of the World Unite and Take Over sounds like a bunch of stoners having one hell of a good time. Even better, it’s a sing-along, and even better than that, it’s clearly meant to be sung along to while stoned. Not that you have to be high on your own supply to enjoy it. Everything in this track is efficient, starting with the structure of the beat. The rhythm that guides the percussion sets up the foundation for every climactic moment between the start and finish, alluding to a lack of hesitance all too swaggering for the listeners to evade.
We get an uplifting buzz from the pulsation of the groove and additional clarity on the narrative from the lyricism here, as opposed to the other way around, and although this might sound like a bit of an avant-stoners concept on paper, it plays out in a streamlined fashion in “Dopesmokers of the World Unite and Take Over”. After all, you don’t get as far as this into dope smoking and music production without learning a thing or two about juxtaposing melodic decadence with compositional self-control.
Dope smokers is also one of the songs that got Blind Uncle Harry banned by the Indiana University Union Board at a Live from Bloomington performance. That, and suggesting the audience could substitute singing ‘Burn down the Kelley School of Business’ instead of singing ‘Burn Down the High School’.
Dopesmokers is a stoner’s anthem, but with a message- if everyone smoked weed there would be no more wars, there would be no more Wall Street, and life would be one big giggle fest. Well, maybe, but singing along and bopping your head to it will definitely brighten whatever kind of shitty day you happen to be having.