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RNC: Watch the House Band Play David Bowie's Drug-Referencing 'Station to Station'

 Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena
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Delegates pose for an official convention photograph on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland on July 18, 2016. 

Any number of odd things happened at the opening night of the Republican National Convention on Monday in Cleveland: presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's wife, Melania, gave a speech that a lot of people thought was almost identical to one that Michelle Obama gave at the DNC in 2008, Happy Days' Chachi, Scott Baio, was one of the first speakers of the night, following a member of the Duck Dynasty clan and just before former underwear model/soap star/Dancing with the Stars actor Antonio Sabato, Jr. 

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But those were not even the weirdest things. On a night when the theme was "Make America Safe Again" and speaker after speaker hammered the importance of the rule of law, the house band might have slipped a bit of a Schedule II mickey into the mix with a David Bowie cover. The group, led by former Saturday Night Live band leader G.E. Smith, performed a version of the title track from Bowie's 1976 album Station to Station.

In addition to lyrics that reference legendary British occultist Aleister Crowley (who has been labeled a misogynist and anti-Semite over the years), the song famously has an explicit reference to cocaine in the chorus that Smith and the band did not avoid. "It's not the side-effects of the cocaine/ I'm thinking that it must be love/ It's too late to be grateful," the house band's vocalist sang to the room full of GOP faithful.

Here's the video, courtesy of Slate: