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This is a cover a Grateful Dead song. It is from their 1974 album, Mars Hotel.
The lyrics make reference to several drugs including acid, heroin, PCP, nitrous, ecstasy, mushroom tea, and opium. Both Sublime and the Grateful Dead were closely associated with drugs.
Sublime lead singer Brad Nowell died in May 1996 from a heroin overdose.
The backbeat in this song was taken from "Funky Drummer" by James Brown. An enormous number of songs have used that sample.
You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound
, plus a collection of other classics for the likes of Aftershock, Ali and Goodfellaz.
Mike Love of The Beach Boys
The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.