We Check Up on the Long Beach Addresses in Sublime's Riot Song "April 29, 1992 (Miami)"
The song (contrary to other discussions of the riots both at the time and during the last week of media attention) says that it didn't matter if you were white, black, Mexican, Cambodian or whatever -- the riots in Long Beach were about "the man" bringing everyone down. And even though it's been debated as to whether or not the members of Sublime actually committed the acts they describe (at least they were probably in town on April 29, 1992, since they played several area shows in the days before), the song also one of the only things out there that gives a white person's participatory perspective on the whole L.A. Riot-related shitshow. Takes some balls, no?
In the spirit of looking back on the riots and the music they inspired, we decided to take a tour of all four of the Long Beach locations listed in the police chatter sampled in "April 29, 1992 (Miami)," a few of which are still standing and most of which are still in areas that would probably have reason to riot again.
1934 E. Anaheim
"That's O-N-S, Junior Market. The address is 1934 East Anaheim--all the windows are busted out and it's like a free-for-all in here."
The "ONS Junior Market" that had busted-out windows in the song is now A-Cherry Liquor Market. Presumably this is not the same liquor store that Nowell and his friends "turned into a structure fire" since its facade still features original art deco details.