An Empty Swimming Pool Full of Drugs

This is maybe the third most famous “don’t do drugs” PSA, right after “This is Your Brain on Drugs” and “I Learned It By Watching You.” But while those were melodramatic, this one was skeezy, haunting, and vaguely unsettling. The bleached-out colors and the empty swimming pool all serve to make for some evocative drug-addled sensibility, but the narrator sounds like he’s pretty wasted.

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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