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American ska-punk band that originated in Long Beach, CA.

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  • Dec 17, 2008
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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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March 31, 2009
I love Sublime CDs..any of anytime of the day- they just are always the right choice. I am curious what you thought of Long Beach Dub Allstars?
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Quick Tip by . November 03, 2009
I grew up on sublime. The music is simply beautiful.
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Sublime was an American reggae/ska/punk (a deeper exploration of the band's musical styles also include hip-hop and even some electronic music, for example their cover of Steppin' Razor) band that originated in Long Beach, California. Officially founded in 1988 (although early recordings date back to 1986), Sublime consisted of Bradley Nowell (vocals and guitar), Bud Gaugh (drums and percussion) and Eric Wilson (bass guitar). Lou Dog was the mascot of the band. Sublime achieved mainstream success with their self-titled third album. However, Nowell died of a heroin overdose shortly before its release, resulting in the band's split in 1996. Worldwide, Sublime has sold over 17 million albums, including about 10 million in the U.S. alone. After a 13-year hiatus, Wilson and Gaugh reunited under the name Sublime in early 2009 with new singer and guitarist Rome for a one-off show at Cantino Los Tres Hobres in Nevada.

Sublime utilized a genre-blending mash-up style which incorporated elements of dub, reggae, ska, punk rock, improvised dancehall, hip hop, psychedelic rock and acoustic rock, which they developed through their live shows. The band is most usually classified as ska-punk, although likely their most prevalent influence, dub reggae, is not directly attributed in such a classification (maybe because the dub style was used on bootlegs unreleased records and live jams shows instead on mainstream albums).

Sublime's music was highlighted by bass-driven grooves,...
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Musicians, Rock, Bands, ska, Sublime, Ska Punk, Bradley Nowell


Genre: Rock
Label: Skunk; MCA

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