Album: 40oz. to Freedom
Producer: SublimeWhite boy reggae that sounded more like Milo Z. than a Bob Marley, the boys from Sublime recorded this cover of The Toyes' reggae hit on their debut disc 40 Oz. to Freedom. “I smoke two joints in the morning, I smoke two joints at night/I smoke two joints in the afternoon, it makes me feel alright,” sang the group's late lead singer Bradley Nowell.
A perfect soundtrack for Cali heads who loved surfing, skateboarding, or shooting, the song was a massive hit for Sublime. Their version of the song also appeared in Kevin Smith's flick Mallrats during a game-show scene.
According to the Toyes website, the origin of the song is pure stoner inspiration. “In 1982, Mawg (Jean-Christophe Kay) and his brother Sky (Michael Kay) were rooming together in Waikiki. Sky was working as a pedi-cab driver and Mawg was gigging as guitarist/vocalist in the Honolulu-based cover band The Lifters.
“In the fall of that year, Mawg and Sky were entertaining some friends who had arrived at their home to party. While jamming on a rootsy groove and improvising lyrics, the hook of “Smoke Two Joints” came tumbling out to the delight of the party guests.
Seeing the response, Mawg and Sky completed the lyrics the following day while sitting under a large banyan tree on Kuhio Beach.” Last month, soul stoner Macy Gray released her own version of weed classic.