MrChasrevealedinanewinterviewthathewashighondrugseverytimeheperformedchart-toppingsingle‘EbeneezerGoode’onTopthePopswithTheShamen.

It’sperhapsunsurprisingnewsgiventhetrackbecamelabelledasan“anthemforthepillheads”anditschorusrepeatsthephrase“Esaregood”,disguisedas“'EezerGoode,'EezerGoode,He'sEbeneezerGoode”.Goodtoseesomeonepractisingwhattheypreach.

HerevealedtotheMirror:“WedidTopthePopsaboutsevenoreighttimes,everysingletimeIwasonacidoreorboth.

“Iwasn’tonthreepills,Iwason1.So,Irememberit.It’sonlywhenyouboshthatthirdpillyoustartlosingit,that’snotreallyhowyoutakeecstasy.Kidsdothat,butit’sabitfoolish.NotthatI’msayingIhaven’tdonethat!”

MrC,realnameRichardWest,panickedBBCproducersbyemphasisingthe“Esaregood”messageoncamera,afterthegroupdemandedtoperformlive.

“Itwasapisstake,”hesaidtheTheShamen’sfirstTopthePopsperformance.“Wealwaysinsistedondoingitliveotherwisewewouldn’tgoonit.So,we’redoingtherunthrough,andI’mreallyemphasizingthe‘E’saregoodline.Andtheproducersaregettingtheneedle,theBBC,mymanager,therecordlabel."

Despitetheexplicitlyrics,thegroupdeniedthesongwasaboutdrugsfordecadestoavoidgettingthesongbanned,withamediafurorebreakingoutuponitsreleasein1992.ButnowWesthasexplainedtheetymologythetrack’stitle.

Hesaid:“WedidashowattheKentishTownForumandafterwards,wewentbackintothedressingroomandColin’sgonetome,‘E’saregood,He’sEbeneezerGoode.’

“AndIaskedhimhowhecameupwiththatandhetoldmehewasoutonthedancefloorandthisgeezercameuptohim,puthisarmsonhisshoulderandsaidtohim,‘E’saregood.’Colin’smind,he’ssuchagenius,alightbulbwentfandthatwashowitwasborn.”

Thereisadoublemeaningatwork,withEbeneezerGoodealsorepresentingacompositecharactereightpeoplethegroupknew,comprising“acoupleDJ’s,lightingengineer,soundengineer,coupledrugdealers,couplewideboys”

Westadded:“Weputthemalltogetherasacompositecharacter,andbythewaytheyallgotasilverdiscwhenitwentsilverandwethankedthemall,sothesongeveryoneknowsandlovesisaboutthiscompositecharacter,EbeneezerGoode.

“Wewasn’tlyingthatitwasasongaboutacharactercalledEbeneezerGoode.Well,wedid….Whenwewereaskedifitwasasongaboutecstasy,weliedandsaidnobecausewedidn’twantitbanned!"

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