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No. 62: ‘Sunny Goodge Street’ – Donovan (1965)

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  • ‘Sunny Goodge Street’ – Donovan (1965)

    Central London’s unlikely counter-cultural hotspot

    Bob Dylan fan Donovan broke the mould by make British pop’s first explicit drug reference – ‘violent hash smoker shook the chocolate machine’ – in this 1966 single.

    Unsurprisingly, this was swiftly followed by a drugs bust which resulted in a £250 fine. However, the arrest was more likely the result of the singer’s documented drug use in the TV documentary ‘A Boy Called Donovan’ than by the Drugs Squad poring over his lyrics.

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