Dallas may have been ground zero for America's ecstasy X-plosion, but it was some 1,400 miles to the west, in Los Angeles, where the drug first bubbled up in American popular music. Ironically, it was the same scene that would give us N.W.A's hardcore gangsta rap, whose macho vibe couldn't have been further from MDMA's empathic, pleasure-seeking effects.
It's possible that the Egyptian Lover — Greg Broussard, who, like the Arabian Prince, started as a member of L.A.'s funk soundystem crew Uncle Jamm's Army — had something totally innocuous in mind with his 1988 song "Planet E." The "E" could've stood for a lot of things: Earth, Egypt, electro — take your pick. But the spoken-word intro ("Attention, all freaks. Attention, all freaks. We are now boarding for the flight, Planet E") and the warning, "So prepare yourself / As we trip to Planet E," certainly suggest that the in-flight snacks weren't entirely Kosher. The following year, the Egyptian Lover released King of Ecstasy (His Greatest Hits Album); in 1993, he courted a new audience with a remix of his 1984 hit "Egypt, Egypt" called "Egypt Rave '93." On the B-side, a "Planet E" remix took the song to trippier extremes, and the B2 cut left no mystery as to how the pyramids were, ahem, erected. Its unambiguous title: "Get High (Get X'd, Get Drunk, Get Sex'd)." P.S.