30 Days in the Hole

Humble Pie

About 30 Days in the Hole

"30 Days in the Hole" is the seventh single by English rock group Humble Pie, from the band's 1972 Smokin' album. The song received moderate radio airplay at the time but failed to chart. However it gained a following on album oriented rock and classic rock radio formats and consequently it remains one of Humble Pie's best known songs. The B-side on its US release was "Sweet Peace and Time", while everywhere else the B-side featured "C'mon Everybody" and "Road Runner". The song, a Steve Marriott composition, bemoans being arrested for possession of small quantities of illegal drugs, including cocaine; Durban poison, a potent strain of marijuana; and Red Lebanese and Black Nepalese, two types of hashish. "New Castle Brown" is often mistaken as a reference to Newcastle Brown Ale but actually refers to heroin also known as "Brown" or "Smack". The song refers to Borstal - "some seeds and dust, and you got Borstal"- referring to Borstal Prison and its borstal ilk - any manner of a British juvenile gaol. (Most lyrics listings get this wrong, and say "buzzed on" or "bust on".)Pie guitarist Clem Clempson has said it is one of the tracks he would most like his career to be remembered by. But the predominant group personality shown through by the song is Marriott's; so much so that when years later Clempson was asked about efforts to reform the group without Marriott, he simply declaimed, "It's a waste of time."In the years since, "30 Days" has been recorded by several groups, most notably Gov't Mule, Mr. Big, and Kick Axe, and is a live staple of Canadian rock band The Trews. 

Roll my tape 
Ooh, ooh, ooh 
Thirty days,
Anyone doin' that one? 

Humble Pie

Humble Pie was a rock band from England, finding success both in the UK and the US. They are remembered for songs such as "Black Coffee" "30 Days in the Hole", "I Don't Need No Doctor", and "Natural Born Bugie". The original band lineup featured Steve Marriott from The Small Faces, vocalist and guitarist Peter Frampton from The Herd, former Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley and seventeen-year-old drummer Jerry Shirley. more »

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Written by: Steve Marriott

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30 Days in the Hole" by "Humble Pie
The song was released by English rock band Humble Pie in 1972. - It's from their album "Smokin'", which is considered one of the band's most successful releases. - The song was written by Steve Marriott, who was the band's vocalist and guitarist. - Its title refers to a term of imprisonment for drug offenses.
30 Days in the Hole" by "Gov't Mule
American southern rock band Gov't Mule performed a live cover of the song. - It was released on their 2006 album "The Best Of The Capricorn Years And More" - The band is known for its interpretations of classic rock songs. - It featured Warren Haynes on lead vocals and guitar, who is also a member of the Allman Brothers Band.
30 Days in the Hole" by "Mr. Big
American rock band Mr. Big covered the song on their second studio album, "Lean into It", released in 1991. - Their cover reached number 16 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. - The band’s version is quite faithful to the original, with the main difference being the use of contemporary, heavy guitar tones. - Mr. Big is known for their musicianship, and they brought a high level of technical skill to their cover of "30 Days in the Hole."
Steve Marriott
Steve Marriott was an English musician and one of the co-founding members of Humble Pie. - He wrote "30 Days in the Hole", which went on to become one of the band's most recognized songs. - Marriott’s powerful, bluesy vocal style is one of the standout elements of the original song. - He had a prolific career before his untimely death in a house fire in 1991, contributing significantly to the British rock and blues scene.

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