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The sensation of numbness, my informant speaks of is not an uncommon one but if you don’t overindulge in them drugs can alter the sociosensual experience of sex quite dramatically. Cocaine and speed can give you the energy of a sexual dynamo and the numbness, which can accompany them doesn’t mean you necessarily loose your erection; it can stay, but it just does not feel as intense. The upside is that sex goes on for longer because premature ejaculation isn’t a problem. An informant said: I like sex on E because it’s more relaxed.
Then you get House music. For the purists like Progressive House it’s a little bit faster, but it’s mainly for people who are into the technical thing; they’re listening for the mix, this bit, that bit; they’re not really there to enjoy themselves. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred they’re with the media, coked out-of-their-brains; you know the ones that get media flu on a Monday morning. – 30 – Music Then you get Trance and Progressive Trance, which is what the latest Trance DJ thing is called, that’s the euphoria-level-three stuff.
This force is infectious; it drives you on and energises the entire club space. As an informant commented: You can completely feel bass and nine times out of ten when you’re drug fucked they could turn the treble off and you’d hardly notice it had gone. You don’t follow the treble when you’re dancing; you follow the mid-range and the bass. With bass you can get so – 29 – Inside Clubbing immersed in the sound that you can’t even see; it just fills you up. (Male 26, 8 years’ experience) Clubs encourage such physical change, the intoxication, the crowds and the music all work together to create new physical and emotional rhythms that underpin an alternative experience of self-in-world.