Aerosmith Permanent Vacation (1987)
At the insistence of their manager, the Toxic Twins finally cleaned up and recorded what became a catalyst for their unprecedented second coming as stadium superstars. The subsequent Pump sold more units, but PV had barnburners like Rag Doll and Dude (Looks Like A Lady).
Metallica St. Anger (2003)
You need only watch the grimace-inducing rockumentary Some Kind Of Monster to understand the kind of mid-life crisis James “Jagermeister” Hetfield went through to get on the wagon and write Metallica’s ninth studio album.
Steve Earle Train A Comin’ (1995)
After squandering all the dough he made from Copperhead Road on chemicals, Earle’s rock-bottom moment came when he got busted in Nashville, resulting in an 18-month sentence. He rehabbed, went on to record this Grammy-winning acoustic spin and has been vibrant ever since.
Depeche Mode Ultra (1997)
Dave Gahan’s drug-fuelled two-minute handshake with God is the stuff of legend. Being clinically dead was enough to spook him into rehab, and when he emerged, he and Martin Gore made this surprisingly strong, first post-Alan Wilder record.
Velvet Revolver Contraband (2004)
It’s hard to envision another trio with a stronger substance-abuse pedigree than Slash, Duff and Scott Weiland. But according to Slash’s recent bio, the boys are clean and high on life. Why not? This joint went platinum thanks to monster hit Fall To Pieces – a song about drugs, natch.
See our interview with the newly sober CAT POWER over here.