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Album: SublimeReleased: 1996Charted:
This is based on the George and Ira Gershwin song "Summertime
," from the 1935 musical Porgy & Bess
. They share the same first line: "Summertime and the livin's easy."
This is the final song on Sublime's third album, and it was their commercial breakthrough. It became a hit shortly after Sublime lead singer Brad Nowell died of a drug overdose. The band broke up when he died, but drummer Bud Gaugh and bass player Eric Wilson formed a new band called The Long Beach Dub Allstars.
"Doin' Time" was originally in the lyrics but was replaced by "Summertime" at the last minute.
On this track, Brad Nowell compares life with his cheating girlfriend to being locked down in prison - somewhat ironic since in real life, these roles were usually reversed. "He screwed around on the road," Sublime bass player Eric Wilson
told us about Nowell.
This contains a sample from the Beastie Boys' "Slow and Low" from their 1986 album License to Ill. The line is, "And when we do it like this, in the place to be."
Marshall Goodman, who was the percussionist/DJ in Sublime, co-wrote this song along with Brad Nowell - he gets a shout-out in the line, "Bradley's on the microphone with Ras MG."
The band's Dalmatian, Lou Dog, makes an appearance on this song. Lou got the band temporarily kicked off the first Warped Tour in 1995 when he bit a skateboarder.
album was released in the summer of 1996, but this song didn't reach it's airplay peak until January 1998. Starting with "What I Got
," songs from the album were gradually pushed to radio stations in America; "Santeria
" and "Wrong Way
" followed before "Doin' Time
" was finally given its turn. All this radio play helped the album sell over five million copies - you had to buy it if you wanted to own the songs, since the singles were not available for sale in the US.