"Doin' Time" (stylized in sentence case and registered as "Doin' Time Summertime") is a song by Sublime covered by Lana Del Rey from her sixth studio album, Norman Fucking Rockwell!. It was also recorded for the documentary about the band Sublime. The cover was produced by Andrew Watt and Happy Perez. It was released as a single on May 17, 2019.
Background[edit | edit source]
According to an article by Vulture, the documentary premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2019 on April 28, 2019. Among the artists that sang Sublime covers during the documentary was also Del Rey, whose cover is featured during the film credits.
On May 6, 2019, All Access Music Group updated its list of radio impacting songs listing "Doin' Time" as a new release by Del Rey on May 20, 2019. The next day, Del Rey posted a video on Instagram with her singing the chorus and the caption saying "Coming Soon". On May 15, 2019, Del Rey confirmed the song would be released on May 17, 2019.
The instrumental of the song leaked online on September 3, 2019. The songs official TV Track surfaced November 3, 2019. An early mix of the song surfaced January 24, 2021. This version contains minor production and vocal differences including an extended bridge.
On November 20, 2020, Del Rey released a cover of the song that "Doin' Time" had been originally inspired by, titled "Summertime The Gershwin Version".
Promotion[edit | edit source]
To promote the single, Del Rey changed the profile and cover pictures from all social media accounts with the cover' artwork and banners. In addition, a clean version of the song was sent to radios and Universal Music Group offered it as a free download for a week, starting on May 27, 2019.
A promotional video lasting 15 seconds was used to promote the cover on Spotify.
Live performances[edit | edit source]
"Doin' Time" was performed live for the first time on June 22, 2019 at Malahide Castle & Gardens in Dublin, Ireland as part of the Festival Tour. Del Rey also performed it live for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, alongside a cover of "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" during July 2019, released September 9, 2019.
The song was also performed numerous times during the Norman Fucking Rockwell tour.
Taken during Del Rey's performance by the house Radio 1 Live Lounge photographer.
Music video[edit | edit source]
|Released||August 29, 2019|
|Producer||Justin Diener, Clark Jackson|
|Filmed||Rubidoux Drive-In Theatre, Riverside, CA, USA - August 8-9, 2019|
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
|Vevo views||50+ Million views|
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Official versions[edit | edit source]
- Album version — 3:22
- Instrumental version — 3:16
- Radio edit — 3:22
- TV Track version — 3:22
- Early version — 3:35
Lyrics[edit | edit source]
Credits[edit | edit source]
- Bradley James Nowell — songwriting
- Rick Rubin — songwriting
- Adam Keefe Horovitz — songwriting
- Adam Nathaniel Yauch — songwriting
- Marshall Raymond Goodman — songwriting
- Ira Gershwin — songwriting
- DuBose Heyward — songwriting
- Dorothy Heyward — songwriting
- George Gershwin — songwriting
- Lana Del Rey — vocals
- Andrew Watt — production, recording, guitar, mixing, programming
- Happy Perez — production
- Paul LaMalfa — engineering, recording, mixing
- Eric Wilson — bass guitar
- Josh Freese — drums
- Bud Gaugh — drums
- Gale Levant — harp
- Dave Kutch — mastering
- Mastered at The Mastering Palace, New York, United States
- Recorded and Tracked at Gold Tooth Music, Los Angeles, United States / SARM Studios, London, United Kingdom
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