Eric Clapton

Cocaine

Composed by J.J. Cale

Song Review by

The nice thing about J.J. Cale’s ”Cocaine” is that the lyrics are so strongly secondary to the sound of the song that their fractured linearity becomes an asset. If you want it to be an anti-drug song for you, it can be that. For most people, though, the attraction to the song is the driving guitar hook, and that’s true whether you’re enjoying Cale’s 1976 original version, or any of Eric Clapton’s several covers. Clapton’s studio version of ”Cocaine” off his solo album Slowhand is among his most enduringly popular hits. In concerts, Clapton often performed the song by beginning with a slow-developing, improvised-sounding guitar lead, building to the dramatic power riffs that open the familiar tune. Even for an artist like Clapton with a huge body of high-quality work, ”Cocaine” ranks among his best.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Slowhand 1977 Polydor / Polygram 3:41
Time Pieces: The Best of Eric Clapton 1982 Polydor 3:34
Backtrackin' 1984 Polygram 3:40
No Image 1984 RSO
The Cream of Eric Clapton 1987 Polydor 3:35
Crossroads 1988 Polydor 3:36
The Cream of Clapton 1995 Polydor / Polydor/Chronicles 3:39
No Image 1997 Polydor
Double Up: Timepieces/Timepieces, Vol. 2 1998 DJ Specialist 3:34
Pure 70's 1999
Various Artists
Polygram / Polygram 3:33
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Realm Records 3:33
One More Car, One More Rider [VHS] 2002 Reprise 4:20
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Eric Clapton 2004 Polydor 3:40
Bad News Bears (Original Soundtrack) 2005
Original Soundtrack
Rykodisc 3:40
Complete Clapton 2007 Warner Bros. / Reprise 3:35
Icon 2 2011 Polydor 3:38
Forever Man 2015 GC / Reprise / Rhino 5:05
100 Rock
Various Artists
Universal 6:38
70s Mixtape
Various Artists
UMe / Universal 3:35
Classic Rock Radio
Various Artists
Universal 3:38