Below is a fantastic compilation of vintage tunes from the 1920s to 1940s about weed, prostitution, speed, booze, coke, and other vices. Here is the track list. (Surprisingly not included is Stuff Smith's "If You're A Viper" (1936,) beautifully sung in 1938 by Lorrain Walton in the clip above.) Here's "Vintage Vice":
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