Sublime was an influential if short-lived ska band that inspired a generation of musicians from No Doubt to Lana Del Rey. With a new documentary of the band coming out, they decided to update one of their biggest hits, “Doin’ Time,” from their self-titled third (and final) album. And who better to cover the single than Lana Del Rey? The breezy tune is a perfect fit for Lana, and with her ongoing penchant for California-inspired lyrics, this LBC-representing song makes sense.
Lana seamlessly weaves together both the laid-back, ska-meets-reggae style of Sublime’s original recording with her own chill vibe. This time, instead of singing about “Summertime Sadness,” Lana croons, “Summertime, and the living’s easy.” The song retains its magical, tropical soundscape, still an ironic contradiction in face of lyrics about a cheating girlfriend.
“Doin’ Time” is such a good fit – and such a well-crafted cover – that it wouldn’t be out of place on one of Lana’s own albums. We hope this serves as some indication of how her upcoming record will sound.
Listen to Lana’s cover of “Doin’ Time” below:
The new recording of “Doin’ Time” will appear in an upcoming documentary about the 1990s trio, simply titled Sublime. The Sublime documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28th, with a larger released planned for later this year.
For several months, Lana has been preparing to release her next album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, expected out later this year. Lana has released three official singles so far: “Mariners Apartment Complex,” “Venice Bitch,” and “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but i have it.”
She’s also teased numerous songs from the record. Throughout October 2018, Lana teased a few songs: “Cinnamon,” “Sylvia Plath,” and an unknown song featuring Machine Gun Kelly. More recently, she previewed “Happiness Is A Butterfly” and an unnamed track some fans know as “In Your Car”. Last month, Lana teased another unknown song, this time more melancholy.
Lana has performed the new song “How To Disappear,” too. However, the two short country songs that Lana performed in December are not likely to appear on the album.
Lana’s last album, Lust For Life, came out in July 2017. Lana entered the studio in January 2018, working with Jack Antonoff on the project. There’s no release date for Norman Fucking Rockwell yet, but it should be out by this summer.
While we await more news about Lana’s upcoming album, enjoy her new cover of “Doin’ Time.” Look out for news about where you can watch the Sublime documentary, too. As always, keep checking back here for all the latest Lana Del Rey music news.