Sleep, "Dopesmoker" (1999/2003)
There has never been
a musical ode to weed more truly epic than "Dopesmoker," the
63-minute dirge recorded in 1996 by legendary stoner-rock trio Sleep. (The LP-long piece, deemed one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Metal Albums, was originally released in 1999 as Jerusalem but was rechristened Dopesmoker upon its 2003 reissue.) "Drop
out of life with bong in hand/Follow the smoke toward the riff-filled land,"
counsels the song, more or less summing up the band's spiritual and musical
philosophy at the time. "We were just a bunch of massive stoners trying to
do something that nobody else had done – which I think we accomplished,"
guitarist Matt Pike recounted in Decibel Magazine's book Precious Metal: The Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces. "We
were smoking a lot [at the time]," he explained. "Between us all, we
were probably smoking two ounces or more a day."