Sex & Drugs & Rock'n'Roll

Words & Music by James Kennedy

'Sex & Drugs & Rock'n'Roll' is an Alternative Rock song & the 3rd song on the 2012 Kyshera album 'Made In China'. The words, music & production are by James Kennedy.

'Sex & Drugs & Rock'n'Roll' kicks in straight off the back of the preceding track 'The Game', with no gap between them (all of the tracks on the 'Made in China' album are joined together) & enters with a descending vocal melody which starts on an 'E' and simply goes down a semi-tone every bar until it resolves on to the G# lower down the octave. The song features many changes of key, tempo & time signature and has many sudden changes of genre throughout.

Lyrically, the song is about the wilful co-opting of alternative voices by the establishment, specifically that of the alternative & Rock world which Kennedy felt had long ago given up its platform for ant-establishmentism.


In the non-conformist exclusive love boat

Neon chameleons march to their drones tonight

Every day they’re watched at play

Gaming and faming themselves in their pig pen of choice

You’re so unique, with your scenes of the week

And your wars by your enemies terms

Impotent, lifestyles sent to pacify

In your parrot’s ark, sex & drugs and rock and roll

Second hand fist in the air

Or wave them around like you just dont care

Fighting the power by feeding its guards

Token rebellion points for their store cards.

You try to bleed but your own ID

Cuts as deep as the razor blade barcode on your arm

Defined only by what you oppose

Camouflage for your white washed uniforms

Lets play pretend, sex & drugs and rock and roll

Bottom line feeds your ego needs just fine

But it’s closing time for sex & drugs and rock and roll