Anvil frontman Lips weighs in on whether marijuana lyrical content on ‘Legal At Last’ will polarize fan base
Anvil lead vocalist and guitarist Steve “Lips” Kudlow was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay for Canada’s The Metal Voice to promote the band’s latest studio album Legal At Last, which was released via AFM Records last week.
In regard to whether the marijuana lyrical content for the songs on Legal At Last will polarize Anvil‘s fan base, Lips opined (with slight edits):
“The legalization of marijuana has little or nothing to do with whether it’s something’s good for you or bad for you. It was made illegal originally because of finances and particularly finances of industries in the 1920’s and there was no such thing as hippies and smoking pot in the 1920s so it had nothing to do with that. It had everything to do with the economy, with particularly the cotton industry, pulp and paper, the oil industry and plastic and fabrics all kinds of stuff like. So it’s not about going to get high and this song doesn’t even talk about that so get rid of that misconception it’s not about getting high. [The album cover shows] Angels getting high [on the front cover] but on the back cover the devil is getting high, so the basic and fundamental idea is, it’s for better or worse. It’s another human vice like I say in the lyrics. It’s about taking responsibility on an individual basis. If you want to go get high that’s your own business, if you don’t that’s also your own business. I’m not telling anybody what to do all. I’m saying it’s all for better or worse and I’m talking about it like you say as a news report. I’m talking about the implications and the overall effect that it’s had on our our world.”
In terms of whether Legal At Last has more social political messages than on prior Anvil albums, Lips indicated: “No one really cares, it’s human nature to be selfish and I see the stuff going on and around me I’m just I’m bringing awareness by singing about it and talking about it. People will condemn me for being another Greta Thunberg with all these new songs but everything was written long before she got up and did that speech.”
You can read other excerpts from the interview with Lips at The Metal Voice’s website and/or listen to the interview below:
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