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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 was 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 All-Stars.
"Doin' Time" was originally in the lyrics but was replaced by "Summertime" at the last minute.
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."
The band's Dalmatian, Lou-Dog, makes an appearance on this. Lou got the band temporarily kicked off the first Warped tour in 1995 when he bit a skateboarder.
Mark Arm of Mudhoney
When he was asked to write a song for the Singles
soundtrack, Mark thought the Seattle grunge scene was already overblown, so that's what he wrote about.