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October 13, 2010 / forgotthosegems

Ben Lee, Cigarettes Will Kill You









Remember when Ben Lee was all dark and emo? This song was really my introduction to Ben Lee when I was in high school, and I remember at the time he was dating Clare Danes who was super cool from having been in Baz Lurhmans Romeo & Juliet (1996) around the same time. I’ve always loved this track and so I think it deserves to be todays forgotten gem.

Song: Cigarettes Will Kill You
Artist: Ben Lee
From Album: Breathing Tornados
Year Released: 1998
Notes: It was voted number 2 in the Triple J Hottest 100, 1998 and reached number 46 on the Australian singles chart.

During the April 24, 2006 concert at Irving Plaza in New York, Ben described how he came up with the title for the track. He recalled that he had been listening to The Verve who have a song called “The Drugs Don’t Work“. He was so impressed with the title of the song, that he decided to name his song with a similarly catchy title. The name is also a metaphor for continuing to go back to a bad relationship even though you know it’ll end up badly and you’ll end up getting hurt. Just like everyone knows cigarettes can cause health problems but they continue to smoke them anyway.



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