A fittingly dreamy version of the SoCal band’s track ahead of new documentary Sublime
Jessie Atkinson
12:42 17th May 2019

For her latest single, retro goddess Lana Del Rey has covered ‘Doin’ Time’ by the iconic SoCal band Sublime. The cover was recorded for a forthcoming documentary about the band, with Sublime and Lana Del Rey trading compliments around the single’s release.

In a statement, Lana Del Rey said, “Not a day goes by that I don’t listen to at least one Sublime song. They epitomised the SoCal vibe and made a genre and sound totally their own.”

Surviving band member Bud Gough said:,“We are so excited to be collaborating with Lana on this, the smoky, sexy, iconic sound of her voice breathes new life into one of our favorite singles,” while Troy Dendekker, who was married to the late Sublime frontman Brad Nowell, called the singer’s cover “an honor.”

Retaining much of the breezy charm of the original track, this new iteration has taken things in a newer, dreamier direction, striking a beguiling middle ground between the two artists. With much of the ska sound of the original (but none of the record scratches), Lana’s version of ‘Doin’ Time’ adds a honeyed dream layer to the classic track. Listen below:

No word yet as to whether the cover will appear on Lana Del Rey’s much-anticipated sixth studio album Norman Fucking Rockwell.

Sublime premiered in April at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. It was directed by two-time Oscar winner Bill Guttentag, the man behind Twin Towers and You Don’t Have To Die.

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