40oz. to Freedom Is 20 Years Old: We Reminisce and Speak With Sublime's New Incarnation
Wilson: "Ebin" is cool because it is one of the first recordings that we did. My dad took us to this studio in Hollywood, and when he came to pick us up, he came in and recorded. He was a classically trained jazz drummer. Played in the big band era. He tracked the bongos in one take. We sounded like school kids compared to him.
Ramirez: "Ebin" was the first solo I ever remember wanting to learn. Those were the kind of songs I wanted to learn.
"40oz. to Freedom"
Wilson: It's about a forty-ouncer and the walk to the liquor store -- that was our freedom. We were always living a punk rock lifestyle. We covered a lot of Bad Brains, a lot of Bad Religion.
Ramirez: Just the fact that's it's been 20 years -- you know how many fucking bands have come through? They had such a huge impact on a cultural level. That's something none of the guys planned on doing. It's so magnificent.
Wilson: We were always really stoked on that song. We knew when we first recorded it. In the opening you can hear people in a bar. Our friend Mike went into a local bar with a recording device.
The songs written in Spanish, like "Chica Me Tipo."
Wilson: Brad took Spanish in school all the way up until college. When we went to Costa Rica he learned the slang in one day. He learned things quickly; he was such a smart guy. That was one of the best times of my life. Playing with Bradley, we were on the top of world as far as I was concerned. It reminds me of surfing in the sun -- I had a trailer park in Mexico we used to go down to almost every weekend. He used to sing like a bird all the time.