Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth

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"Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth"
Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth.jpg
Single by The Dandy Warhols
from the album ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down
Released 1997
Format
Length 3:11
Writer(s) Courtney Taylor-Taylor
Producer(s)
  • Tony Lash
  • Taylor-Taylor
The Dandy Warhols singles chronology
"Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth"
(1998)
"Get Off"
(2000)

"Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth" is a song by American rock band The Dandy Warhols. It was released in 1997 as the second single from their second studio album, ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down.

Background and content[edit]

As documented in the film Dig!, the song is dedicated to the band The Brian Jonestown Massacre, friends/rivals of The Dandy Warhols at the time, who in turn dedicated their own track "Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth" to them. Frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor revealed in an interview that the song is also about his girlfriend at the time who, according to him, had become a heroin addict while he was on tour.[1]

The song is known for its refrain "I never thought you'd be a junkie because heroin is so passé".[2] Because of this, the song has often been erroneously titled "Heroin Is So Passe" (most commonly without the accented e), although the song was later subtitled with this in some markets around the world.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song, directed by David LaChapelle,[3] features the group "playing among a troupe of dancing syringes" and was called an "arch, playful, taboo-shredding hoot" by Mojo.[1]

Release[edit]

"Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth" was released in 1997 as the second single from ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down. It peaked at No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and composed by Courtney Taylor-Taylor, except where indicated.

7" vinyl
  1. "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth" – 3:11
  2. "Genius (Live)" – 7:05
CD 1
  1. "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth" – 3:11
  2. "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth (Live)" – 3:05
  3. "It's a Fast Drivin' Rave Up with The Dandy Warhols Sixteen Minutes (Live)" (Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Eric Hedford, Peter Holmström) – 7:17
CD 2
  1. "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth" – 3:11
  2. "Genius (Live)" – 7:05
  3. "Ride (Live)" – 4:42

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b John Harris (June 2003). "Phone Home". Mojo. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Byrne, Ciar (23 November 2005). "How to get ahead in music: Make an ad!". Artists whose tracks are used in television adverts often find instant fame and riches after years of obscurity, while having to face accusations of selling out. London: The Guardian. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Rathe, Adam (May 31, 2012). "A Brief History of David LaChapelle's Music Videos". BlackBook. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dandy Warhols | Full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved June 28, 2016. 

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