One of my all-time favorite bands is Sublime. Although they are no longer, I will forever love the laid-back reggae feel of their music and the humor of their lyrics. I hope you will take the time to give them a listen and find out for yourself why they became so popular.
Sublime originated in Long Beach, California, and consisted of Bradley Nowell (vocals, guitar), Bud Gaugh (drums), Eric Wilson (bass guitar), and the mascot of the band, Lou Dog (a dalmation). Nowell died of a heroin overdose shortly before the release of their self-titled third album, which went five times platinum.
According to the band's MySpace site, Rolling Stones writer David Wild stated the following about the band.:
The singular sound of Sublime, alternately polished and rough and ready, finds stoner rock, rap, punk, and hip-hop funk blended with doses of ska, rock steady, dancehall, and every other pungent flavor of reggae. The result was a beautiful, warts-and-all brand of poetry - a powerful new blend of street sounds and party music. In Nowell, Sublime had an astounding singer and lyricist who created his own edgy but expressive underground vernacular. And in Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh, Sublime was fortunate to have an agile, rock-solid rhythm section that could cover the entire musical waterfront. They were musical counterparts that created their own signature rhythmic foundation, creating the ultimate canvas for Nowell to embellish.
I encourage anybody who likes reggae music or ska-punk to check out Sublime.
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