The singer hosts a reggae dance party


When the ska-punk band approved by the stoners Gorgeous cut their 1992 version of “Smoke Two Joints”, previously a 1983 cult favorite by the Toyes, they added sampled dialogue from the 1970 film “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.” In her brand new version, Macy Gray sings lines from the film, which tell the story of a scandalous young woman “living in a room with three individuals” who “habitually smoked marijuana cigarettes”.

The song is from Gray’s upcoming cover album, aptly titled “Covered,” and The BoomBox is proud to present the accompanying visuals. The video builds its story from the excerpt from “Valley of the Dolls”, as Gray and his bud-loving roommates have no money and must throw a “rent party” to avoid eviction.

That’s exactly what they do, moving away from Gray’s hard-hitting reggae track. The singer’s notoriously hoarse voice is perfect for a song about smoking, and she even sings in the line “Smoke cigarettes ’til the day she dead” – yet another Sublime sample added to Toyes’ original.

Elsewhere on ‘Covered’, Gray shows his love for alternative rock acts (Radiohead), metal groups (Metallica), and indie favorites (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), proving that she’s no ordinary R&B singer. No one thought she was.

Watch Macy Gray’s video for “Smoke Two Joints”

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