Used to Get High

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"Used to Get High"
Used to Get High.jpg
Single by The John Butler Trio
from the album Grand National
A-side"Used to Get High"
ReleasedNovember 2007 (2007-11)
Recorded2005 (2005)-2006 (2006)
GenreAlternative rock, roots rock, funk
Songwriter(s)John Butler
Producer(s)John Butler and Mario Caldato Jr.
The John Butler Trio singles chronology
"Better Than"
"Used to Get High"
"One Way Road"

"Used to Get High" is a radio promotional single by Australian jam band, The John Butler Trio from their fourth studio album Grand National. It was released by Jarrah Records in November 2007. It deals with the issue of addiction, and the many forms it takes.

The song was voted in at #22 on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2007.[1][2]

"Used to Get High" featured on the 2009 Australian comedy film, Stone Bros.,[3][4] directed by Richard J. Frankland.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Dori Oskowitz (Highway 144)[5] and was released to MTV and YouTube on 28 February 2008. The video received little airplay, but has over 2,000,000 views on YouTube. The video opens with John Butler walking down a dark alleyway, he picks up his guitar and the band begins playing the song in the same alleyway. Despite several puddles, a dark look and a generally unpleasant looking location, the band plays, and is obviously enjoying themselves. During the second verse, a man can be seen taking pills. As the band performs, a crowd begins to formulate. But each of them is distracted by something. Some are distracted by mobile phones, some are eating, and some are using portable games consoles. In the final verse, leading the final chorus in the song, a young boy sees the band playing, and begins to move to the rhythm. The rest of the crowd notices the band, and does the same. When the song finishes, the crowd dissipates, and the video fades to black.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Butler

1."Used to Get High"3:45
Total length:3:45


  1. ^ "Hottest 100 - 2007". Triple J. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Silver beat not hot enough for Triple J's best". The Age. 2008-01-26. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Stone Bros". Media World. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Stone Bros Soundtrack". Music Shop. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  5. ^ "BOOKED: John Butler Trio - Dori Oskowitz, director". Video Static. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2010.