30 Days, 30 Songs: Days 24 and 25 – Disbanded and Deceased

Welcome to my new musical series for 2021, “30 Days, 30 Songs.” Follow me this year as I blatantly steal this Instagram challenge all in the name of good music and good fun. Every other week, I’ll cover one or two or more topics from the list (see here for a refresher), allowing them to percolate over musical memories, nostalgia, and whatever else comes to mind in the moment. And now, gimme a beat boys to free my soul, I wanna get lost in this rock and roll!


Day 24: A song by a band you wish were still together

A favorite song from a band that I wish was still together is “Waiting for my Ruca” by Sublime.


Stop me I’ve told this story before, but this title track off of Sublime’s 40 oz. to freedom was the first time I ever heard the band, and it was love at first listen. Drawn in by its oozing, magnetic beat, I knew immediately then that I was going to track down this album and everything about this band that I possibly could. And I did just that. The band was only active for a handful of years, from 1988 to 1996, but in that span, its output was pretty damn magnificent.

I’ve already written oodles on this blog about my love of Sublime, so I won’t go off into the weeds. I still feel pangs of sadness over the death of the band’s frontman, Bradley Nowell, which brought about the band’s demise. I got onboard with the spinoff band, the Long Beach Dub Allstars, and never found footing with the iteration of Sublime with Rome. I’d love to think that if Nowell was still alive, Sublime would still be making awesome music.


Day 25: A song by an artist no longer living

A favorite song from a deceased artist is “Blue Jean” by David Bowie.

Is “Blue Jean” the best David Bowie song? Yes, but…also no. It’s one of those “Oh right, that’s David Bowie” songs, and it might be one of his most tongue-in-cheek, especially when considering its video. It’s a catchy song with and outdated premise that doesn’t require much thought. Bowie released his share of questioning, thoughtful, biting songs; “Blue Jean” with it’s 80s flair and imitating quality was something of its time. Bowie was great at taking the sounds of others and making them his own, and damn if I don’t wish he was still around doing just that.

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