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Somali-Canadian rapper/ singer K'naan is the guest vocalist on this tune. Frontman Pierre Bouvier told Buzznet
they really wanted the Wavin' Flag
artist on this track as they thought, "his voice suits the song perfectly."
This song was inspired by Bouvier's hobby of surfing, which is an important part of his life. He told Buzznet: "I've spent a lot of time out there when the surf is not that great and you're waiting for a wave, just sitting on the water seeing dolphins and seals go by, taking in a beautiful sunset. I think about music a lot and have probably thought about some lyrics out there. Also this song called "Summer Paradise" on the album has got that beautiful vibe that I can probably attribute to going on surf trips."
The single version, which was released to the iTunes store on February 28, 2012, features guest vocals from Sean Paul rather than K'naan.
A band so baffling, even their names were contrived. Check your score in the Ramones version of Fact or Fiction.
Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica)
The former Metallica bassist talks about his first time writing a song with James Hetfield, and how a hand-me-down iPad has changed his songwriting.
Al Jourgensen of Ministry
In the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.
Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."