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by Justin Farrar

February 14, 2014

Rock's Most Infamous Party Animals

by Justin Farrar  |  February 14, 2014

While recently reading about the time in the mid-'80s when Ozzy Osbourne -- on tour with Mötley Crüe no less -- actually snorted a line of ants, I realized that we here at Rhapsody never have properly saluted rock's most infamous party animals. Of course, drug- and booze-fueled mayhem isn't something we condone. Yet there's no denying that a large portion of rock 'n' roll's mythos rests squarely on the decadence and debauchery of its most iconic musicians (and sadly, this also includes those who lost their lives to said decadence and debauchery, from Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin to Jimi Hendrix and Keith Moon). We rock fans partly are to blame, I suppose. The best-selling success of the "tell-all" (Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith, Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga, The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band) and the ongoing popularity of VH-1's Behind the Music series are proof that we harbor a dark obsession with learning the gory details of every last snort, guzzle and sexcapade undertaken by our favorite rock artists. Then again, on the flip side, many of the musicians in question have been all too willing to play the role of incorrigible party monster.

But there's something else we can't deny: Rock's most infamous party animals made a ton of fantastic music. And I think you'll agree after digging into our playlist. In addition to Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, the Eagles and The Who, you are treated to jams from lesser-known party animals such as the father of country rock, Gram Parsons; Stevie Nicks; Little Feat's Lowell George; and David Crosby, who -- despite his folksy, hippie-dude persona -- spent the '70s partying as hard as the madman himself, Ozzy!

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