The Irony of It All

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"The Irony of It All"
Single by The Streets
from the album Original Pirate Material
Recorded 2002
Genre Alternative hip hop, UK garage, reggae fusion
Length 3:29
Label Locked On
Songwriter(s) Mike Skinner
Producer(s) Mike Skinner

"The Irony of It All" is a song by The Streets. It features a dialogue between two people, "law-abiding" alcohol-consuming yob Terry, who calls himself 'an upstanding citizen', and 'criminal' cannabis smoking Tim. The irony referred to in the title of the song is that the legal drug alcohol is associated with many deaths and violent behaviour, while illegal cannabis has "no recorded fatalities". Tim is depicted as watching BBC2 all night till his bedtime at 6 am, and using his engineering degree to make home-made bongs. The music also changes for the character's turns.


The video is essentially the song, with Mike Skinner taking both roles. However, the video adds to the irony, as the pub is relatively organized and normal. Tim's house is bizarre, messy, and the pizza delivery man who comes is mindless and robotically moves, and is in nothing but underwear and a motorcycle helmet. The video was included on the DVD single of Fit But You Know It.

Skinner points out that marijuana users generally stick to themselves and cause no trouble. They are often educated people who are far from the "mindless drug addicts" they are portrayed as. According to Skinner, alcohol abusers, in contrast, cost nations greatly in terms of violence and healthcare.