Ebba Grön

We're Only in It for the Drugs

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We're Only in It for the Drugs was Ebba Grön's debut and only true punk album. At its release, hardcore punk fans found it too commercial and too produced, but, in retrospect, there is little doubt that it represents the finest of Swedish punk. Musically, Ebba Grön balances between effective melodies and angry shouting, keeping the hit factor without selling their souls to the sing-along devil. And with both Eriksson and Thåström on vocals, they sound more desperate than they would ever do again. Lyrically, this is simply the greatest representation of suburban teen angst, hopelessness, and revolt ever written in Swedish. A songs like "Schweden, Schweden" is relatively harmless in its ironic thankfulness, but the lyrics to "Beväpna Er," about taking up arms against the government and the king, could not be printed in the liner in 1979. Maybe the music has not withstood time as well as the lyrics have, but that does not mean that it is anything less then excellent, only that what is seen as aggressive and heavy has changed some since the '70s. The album ends with "We're Only in It for the Drugs No. 2," where Ebba Grön gets into a very uncharacteristic bluesy garage groove.

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