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April 29th 1992

Updated: Mar 22

The 1992 Los Angeles riots, also known as the Rodney King riots, were a series of riots that erupted in Los Angeles, California in the aftermath of the acquittal of four white LAPD police officers who were charged with using excessive force in the arrest of Rodney King, a Black man. The riots lasted for six days and resulted in 63 deaths, over 2,000 injuries, and more than $1 billion in property damage.

The riots were a stark reminder of the racial tensions and social inequalities that still exist in American society. In the years following the riots, many artists and musicians used their platforms to address these issues and call for change.

One such artist was Sublime, a ska punk band from Long Beach, California. In 1996, Sublime released their self-titled album, which included the song "April 29, 1992 (Miami)." The song, which references the riots, includes the lyric "April 26, 1992, there was a riot on the streets, tell me, where were you?" However, the song's title is "April 29, 1992."

It is unclear why the band chose to use the later date in the song's title. One possible explanation is that April 29th was the date that the riots reached their peak in terms of violence and destruction. This may have made the date more memorable and symbolic for the band in the context of the song.

Another possible explanation is that the date was changed for artistic or poetic reasons. The number "29" has a stronger rhythm and cadence than "26," and it may have simply sounded better in the context of the song's title. Additionally, the date may have been changed to avoid any potential legal issues.

In addition to the controversy surrounding the song's title, there has also been speculation about the origins of the guitar used in the recording of "April 29, 1992 (Miami)." According to some reports, lead singer Bradley Nowell stole the guitar that can be heard on the track.

However, there is no definitive evidence to support this claim, and the band members themselves have given conflicting accounts of how the guitar was acquired. Regardless of its origins, the guitar adds a distinctive and memorable element to the song, and its use further highlights the band's commitment to addressing important social issues through their music.

Overall, Sublime's "April 29, 1992 (Miami)" remains a powerful and evocative commentary on the racial tensions and social unrest that continue to plague American society. By referencing a specific event in history, Sublime was able to draw attention to the ongoing struggles for justice and equality that still resonate with most people today.


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