Sublime (ska punk)

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Do not mix up with Sublime With Rome. Both bands feature Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson, but they are different bands.

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Sublime was an American ska punk and alternative rock band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell (vocals and guitar), Eric Wilson (bass) and Bud Gaugh (drums). Lou Dog, Nowell's dalmatian was the mascot of the band. Michael 'Miguel' Happoldt and Marshall Goodman "Ras MG" contributed to and co-wrote several Sublime songs. Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996. In 1997, posthumous songs such as "Santeria", "Wrong Way", "Doin' Time", and "April 29, 1992 (Miami)" were released to U.S. radio.

Sublime released three studio albums, one live album, five compilation albums (one of which also contains never-before released material), three EPs and one box set. Although their first two albums—40oz. to Freedom (1992) and Robbin' the Hood (1994)—were quite popular in the United States, Sublime did not experience major commercial success until 1996 with their self-titled third album, released two months after Nowell's death, which peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200, and spawned the single "What I Got", which remains the band's only number one hit single (on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart) in their musical career. As of 2009, the band has sold over 17 million albums worldwide, including about 10 million in the U.S. alone.

In 2009, the surviving members decided to reform the band with Rome Ramirez, a young guitarist and admitted Sublime fan from California. However, not long after performing at Cypress Hill's Smokeout Festival, a Los Angeles judge banned the new lineup from using the Sublime name. This was because Nowell had owned rights to the Sublime name, and as a result, they were not allowed to use it without approval and permission from his estate. In January 2010, the lawsuit was settled and the new lineup now performs together as Sublime with Rome, who released their debut album Yours Truly on July 12, 2011. Five months after its release, Gaugh announced his departure from the band.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 40 oz. to Freedom Sublime 5 6
1994 Robbin’ the Hood Sublime 3
1996 Sublime Sublime 5 8

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Sublime Sublime 1
1997 Second-Hand Smoke Sublime 4 2
1998 Acoustic: Bradley Nowell & Friends Sublime 2
1999 Greatest Hits Sublime 2
2002 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Sublime Sublime 2
2005 Gold Sublime 2
2006 Everything Under the Sun Sublime 1
2008 The Best of Sublime Sublime 1
2011 Icon Sublime 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Stand by Your Van Sublime 1

Album + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Jah Won’t Pay the Bills Sublime 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 3-Ring Circus: Live at The Palace, Hollywood, CA: October 21, 1995 Sublime 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Badfish Sublime 2
1995 Date Rape Sublime 1
1996 All You Need / Get on the Bus Sublime / The Wesley Willis Fiasco 1
1996 Doin’ Time Sublime 2
1996 What I Got Sublime 4
2009 April 29th 1992 (Leary) Sublime 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Living In a Boring Nation Sublime 2
1997 What I Got... Sublime 1

EP + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Sublime (c003: 16 track demo) Sublime 1

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