High Tune: Dirty Heads' 'Lift Me Up'

SoCal band Dirty Heads have had considerable success since they broke on the reggae scene in 2008 with the album Any Port in a Storm (No. 28) and the subsequent single, "Lay Me Down" (No. 93, 2010). 

Led by two tall blonde dudes, Dustin "Duddy B" Bushnell and Jared "Dirty J" Watson, their latest album, Super Moon, released August 9. includes "Lift Me Up." The video, directed by Jay Teegardin, is partially set in a Los Angeles grow room, and also features a senior who delivers weed in an old-school milk truck.

"We tapped into our own lives," says Watson about the song. "We used to be drug dealers, so this is our version of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Pusherman,’ the theme song for some Shaft-style weed-seller.” 

Teegardin also shot their videos for “My Sweet Summer” (No. 122, 2014) and “That's All I Need” and “Oxygen" (both 2016). 

Dirty Heads spent the summer on tour with 311. Their next two dates are: Oct. 4, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas; and Dec. 5-9, Hard Rock Hotel, Heroica Guaymas, Mexico (Slightly Stoopid's Closer to the Sun festival).


'Cause everyday can be a holiday
The pusher man, he just a call away
And when I call he gonna come around
And when he comes we gonna burn it down
He don't stay here for a long time
But when he comes we'll have a good time
And we can stay right here all day
And I just wanted to hear him say

Lift me up
Said I just got a brand new bag
Lift me up, now
Yeah, I think I need another drag
Lift me up
Yeah, meet me around the back

Tomorrow comes and we have run dry
I only need to call him one time
It don't take long for him to show
And when he comes you know we gonna do


Down, down, lift me up (4x)

When I'm down, down, lift me up (6x)

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.