Thursday, 31 May 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: Sublime - 'April 29, 1992 (Miami)'

A band who I briefly became obsessed with in about 2007, during my close-minded punk and ska phase. Singer Brad Nowell died of a heroin overdose shortly before the release of what many believe to be the band's definitive album. "'April 29, 1992 (Miami)' is a song written by American ska punk band Sublime in 1996 from their eponymous album Sublime. The song title refers to the date of the Los Angeles riots of 1992, of which news spread throughout the United States following the acquittal of four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of Rodney King. The official title of the song references the date April 29, 1992, however the lyric is sung as, "April 26, 1992." It has been said this was a mistake, but the take was strong enough the band kept it. When major cities began being referred to on the topic of anti-establishment riots, there is a background voice screaming a few smaller cities, the first being Boise, Idaho. The band often spoke about how much they enjoyed being in Boise and that they'd participated in a couple rioting acts in the small city. Theories have developed about the true integrity of the song's lyrics. Many believe that the acts of crime including arson, robbery and vandalism referred to in the lyrics were actually perpetrated by some of the Sublime band members during the 1992 LA riots. However, certain details and locations were withheld in order to protect them from any possible prosecution..."

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