I was in Los Angeles over the weekend where the big local story was the 20th anniversary of the riots that followed in the wake of the verdict surrounding the cops involved in the Rodney King beatdown. It's all the city was talking about.
This anniversary brought to mind the Sublime song, "April 29, 1992 (Miami)" from their 1996 self-titled album, which refers to those riots. Good idea. The only problem is that there's a massive mistake in the song.
Bradley Nowell sings "April 26, 1992," a date that means nothing in the timeline of the LA riots. So what's the deal?
It's a mistake, apparently. Brad knew the correct date but for some reason sang the wrong one. But because the take was judge to be so good, everyone agreed to leave it alone. Then Brad died of a heroin overdose before anyone had any second thoughts about correcting the error. As a result, the historical inaccuracy of the song was cemented. Still a good track, though.