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Slightly Stoopid

Slightly Stoopid: Everything You NeedEverything You Need (2003)
Ska and Reggae

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: hstisgodhstisgod
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What happened when Sublime stopped making records due to the untimely death of Brad Nowell? Did you regress, and go back to your individual rap, rock or reggae? Did you wonder, like me, if somewhere in the world this unique combination of genre existed in another artist? Well, it did, it does, and w.
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What happened when Sublime stopped making records due to the untimely death of Brad Nowell? Did you regress, and go back to your individual rap, rock or reggae? Did you wonder, like me, if somewhere in the world this unique combination of genre existed in another artist? Well, it did, it does, and we're all missing out (congrats to those who knew).

Slightly Stoopid is not the most popular of artists. For whatever reason, this ska/punk, reggae, rap/rock vibe just never made it outside of the West coast region of the United States. With the 2003 release of Everything You Need, it's blaringly obvious to me I just was not paying enough attention. During my residency out in California a friend of mine broke it down for me: "If you love Sublime, you're missing out bro" / "And while they're similar to Sublime, they got their own shit, man." I 'yea yea'd' him to death and promised to give a listen.

It may have been three months after re-locating myself back to the East coast when I heard about this album. I did as I promised my friend, and downloaded a few tracks, not all that psyched about the impending results, nor realizing I just found my next top 20 favorite album of all time. After a few listens I was addicted. While managing a CD store, I started to promote the crap out of this LP. Tracks such as "Killing Me Deep inside" and "Sweet Honey" became reasons for customers to remember me and my little indie CD store.

G Love and Special Sauce make an appearance on the appropriately named track, "Mellow Mood." The lyrical content is predictably just not important. While you need a lead lyric, man, and you get one, you'll pay more attention to the style and delivery than the actual lyrics. If you're stressing out, running people out of your life, or just plain ol' getting crazy from the other angst crap music that rules your life, this CD may bring you back down to earth.

Although, don't purchase and expect 14 five-minute chill songs. The most respectable and thrilling moments of the disc are when these guys flow from the punk-flavored "Perfect Gentleman" back down to the smoke-inducing "Wicked Rebel." But if you really want to get your heartbeat back into the swing of things you only need track 8, the aforementioned "Sweet Honey." Take three of these and call anyone in the morning; "But wont you tell me that your love's from the heart, yes the type of lovin' that can tear mine apart; girl you got to realize before it ever starts, yes I am the man who wont come breakin' your heart." Though upbeat and rhythmic, the simple typing of cheesy lyrics can not possibly explain the heart of this song. Once again, the very next track shows the diversity in which we've all been missing out.

Track 9 "Punk Rock Billy" can not be misidentified as anything but an ode to anything goes-type of guitar punk rock. Though, this CD really comes to a head in track 10, "World Goes Round," a three minute-and-fifty-four second rap till you're out of breath collaboration featuring I-Man. Immediately I was reminded of the Outkast release Aquemini. At least, that soulfully funky hip-hop vibe that flows through it.

Shit, these guys are so diversely talented they've even satisfied the John Denver fans with arguably the most improved version of "Leaving on a Jet Plane" in years. Invite some friends over for drinks, get the greens, and enjoy the ride.

 

 
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SilentStorms (October 12, 2005)

Fuck Sublime and this shit, chill out music = ahleuchatistas, holla!

Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

ALL THE BITCHS AT SKUNK CAN EAT COCK THey are a bunch of spoiled bitchs, they are not even a record label anymore and you got these CHUMPS running skunk and the sublimearchive...............................that music is going downhill right with there mang. peace there site is ran by a bunch of tards

Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

I think all the stoopid cds are good. also, the comment about badfish crew is right on. they are one of the best bands around. Also, badfish crew is not the same as ripoffs as badfish sublime tribute band.

notfeelingcreative (October 11, 2005)

I don't mind SS so much, but both times I've seen them they've been upstaged by their opening acts, the first time by Bargain Music and last time by Fishbone (who should've been the headliner).

notfeelingcreative (October 11, 2005)

"same with pepper and any other shitty sublime ripoff band who ends up signed to skunk records."

Pepper are on Volcom and sound nothing like slightly stoopid.

wehavecomeforyourchildren (October 10, 2005)

this band and review are slightly stoopid.

get it?

in all seriousness, this band is dumber than i am.

GlassPipeMurder (October 10, 2005)

"same with pepper and any other shitty sublime ripoff band who ends up signed to skunk records."

Skunk Records hasn't put out a record since 1998. It's not even a Record label anymore, it's just a website.

Anonymous (October 10, 2005)

*longest
*those

Anonymous (October 10, 2005)

I liked a few songs on this album, but overall, it really disappointed me. I think they tried to break into the mainstream with this one and it flopped. Longet Barrel Ride is a great album..the acoustic one is pretty good, too. I've seen them many times and they didn't change their setlist very often and tried to do some corny hip hop numbers. I think they do great dub songs and should stick to thost.

I've heard a few songs off their new one and the song with Barrington Levy is really good IMO.

If you like the dub/reggae sound, check out Badfish (Crew?) I DL'd their album called 'Soundbwoy Killas' and they truly stick to the dumb/reggae genre, and unlike S.S., they have some great horn parts..and they do it well. Unfortunately, I saw they are coming to my town this month but the tour is called "Badfish: a tribute to sublime"...come on....please play your own songs.

Dante3000 (October 10, 2005)

I like people who end their comments with "Peace".
I just get this image of some really selfsatisfied dude who really feels he ripped someone a new asshole with his awesome on-line comment. In all reality it dosen't matter if the band sounds anything like Sublime, they don't sound good and the certainly don't sound like a 10 out of 10. And isn't that what the bottom line should be?
-Dante
P.S. Oh right...Peace

Anonymous (October 10, 2005)

Some of you guys are real dumbasses. So this isn't their best album. But it deserves atleast 3 stars for having some damn good individual tracks like "Mellow Mood". So they through together a quick album during a transition period without a drummer. If you haven't heard "Longest Barrel Ride", "Acoustic Roots", or !!!"Closer To The Sun"!!! you really have no right to talk shit about this band. They are not a "Sublime Rip-off" and they are not from Florida dumb shit. They were discovered by Bradley and he worked with them on their first album. Learn some history and listen to their other albums before talking shit. Peace.

SkolarX (October 10, 2005)

i can't believe anyone other than stoners likes this band. i've seen them a few times because better artists were playing with them, ie fishbone, and figured you had to be high to enjoy this crud. same with pepper and any other shitty sublime ripoff band who ends up signed to skunk records.

Anonymous (October 10, 2005)

This cd is great. for the fucking burnouts out there that think the genre died with sulblime, check these guys out.

TahoeJeff (October 10, 2005)

Invite some friends over for drinks, get the greens, and enjoy the ride.

I just want everybody to stop and take in the stupidity of this ending. Get the greens? You have smoked yourself retarded.

TahoeJeff (October 10, 2005)

Shit, these guys are so diversely talented they've even satisfied the John Denver fans with arguably the most improved version of ‚??Leaving on a Jet Plane‚?Ě in years. Invite some friends over for drinks, get the greens, and enjoy the ride.

Are you kidding me? That had to be the most boring version of the song I've ever heard. And I seriously doubt that any John Denver fans are even aware of this atrocity. I don't understand how this recived a perfect score. I'll assume you were high when you wrote this. But that's still no excuse for a perfect score.

punch_the_mayor (October 10, 2005)

seriously, is this review a joke?

seriously.

kenjamin (October 9, 2005)

wasn't "leaving on a jet plane" a Peter, Paul, and Mary song orginally?

kenjamin (October 9, 2005)

noooooo! I hoped to never see another review from this kid.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

Fucker on the album cover should put on a goddamned shirt. Ugh.

GlassPipeMurder (October 9, 2005)

Jones the Bones - You should download Stoopid's "Perfect Gentleman", "Just a Buzz", or"Johnny Law"....they actually do punk surprisingly well.

notfeelingcreative (October 9, 2005)

here's my score

notfeelingcreative (October 9, 2005)

On an unrelated note, does anyone know if the new Damien Marley album is any good?

notfeelingcreative (October 9, 2005)

"To quote Discharge: "Why, why, why, why, why, but why?" Total shit."

I'm weird, I used to have this small circle of friends who would one minute be driving down the road listening to NAUSEA and later be in some room getting high to sublime ,mad lion and Marley! I think slightly stoopid are really fun. I think sublime are great, not nearly as important as alot of people would have you believe but good chill out music

GreenVandal (October 9, 2005)

I just said "I guess" twice in one sentence. My bad.

GreenVandal (October 9, 2005)

I just think that user reviews should be checked over by someone before they get posted. I know that Brian already spell checks them and such, so you know he reads through this shit. When something as obviously undeserving as this (or say...i dunno...A PERFECT SCORE FOR FUCKING TWELVE TRIBES) is submitted, it should just be canned for sheer stupidity. It would make people who arent staff have to work harder and not just slap a 10 on anything they like.

Although thats more work for Brian i guess and I guess he already has enough...

Dante3000 (October 9, 2005)

Good muthafucking point muthafucka.
I suppose it'd be like making fun of a Nazi for being fat...Ya know what I'm saying?
-Dante

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)


You spelled it "sk8", I don't think you should be allowed to type anything ever again.

hey Dante, you're correcting grammar for a band named "Slightly Stoopid"...

Dante3000 (October 9, 2005)

Most people are basing their ratings w/o even having herd their music. Yes they do play the sk8/regga/punk genre, but they are very good at it. Give them a chance on their own meirts, not sublime comparisons.

You spelled it "sk8", I don't think you should be allowed to type anything ever again.
-Dante

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

I have not herd this cd, but i have their newer one Closer to The Sun. I must say that the cd is supprisingly good. Most people are basing their ratings w/o even having herd their music. Yes they do play the sk8/regga/punk genre, but they are very good at it. Give them a chance on their own meirts, not sublime comparisons.

gladimnotemo (October 9, 2005)

Uh, Sublime sucked, this band probably sucks even harder. To quote Discharge: "Why, why, why, why, why, but why?" Total shit.

GlassPipeMurder (October 9, 2005)

"i think this band is from florida.
that alone garners a poor rating."

no, they're from Ocean Beach, California. And they really are pretty good, but this album is easily their worst.

stevejonestherealbones (October 9, 2005)

how can you look at this cd's cover, see the band members, and still listen to this shit?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

Score is for the band and their fans

I saw them with Fishbone, and some other band with guys from Dispatch in it, I forget the name, opening. The Dispatch band (which I think had radio in the name) blew, Fishbone were incredible, but the white wannabe-rastas ruined the pit; pushing people on the sides into the pit like assholes. I stayed for 1 and a half songs of this band and then left.

To bands it may concern:
Please don't try to sound like Sublime. We, the people, contrary to what you may think, do not need more bands that sound like Sublime. If we want something that sounds like Sublime, we will listen to Sublime. They were able to strike a balance b/w white/black music that was enjoyable and not overly ridiculous and absurd. Every other band who plays punk/reggae/rap/dub/whatever ends up sucking at all of them. So, please, be kind to your fellow human beings, don't be a douche singing about Jah when you have a trust fund, brand new Gibson guitar, and a big SUV, Bob Marley's Ghost will kill you in your sleep.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

i think this band is from florida.
that alone garners a poor rating.

Dante3000 (October 9, 2005)

I don't know why but this review made me less interested in the band. I mean, it's not a bad review and it gave me an idea of a band I otherwise knew nothing about. But, perhaps knowing more about them makes me like them less.
The concept of more Sublime sort of sickens me. I liked Sublime and think their work is great in doses, but I don't think I'd listen to their whole discography. Likewise I have no urge to listen to an album that sounds like Sublime.
Just from what I read I wouldn't give this album a 10...That's Fresh Fruit for Rotten Vegetables style or even Honkey Tonk Academy or some bad ass album. This doesn't even sound like an album the reviewer would give a 10.
-Dante

joeg (October 9, 2005)

wow, reading that review made me hate this band more. :0 :/

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

it shit like this. it appears to be a weekly occurrence, someone gives what will in two years be a forgotten release a perfect rating on par with real classics like Damaged, Milo goes to college, london calling etc. i think punknews should consider eliminating accepting submitted reviews from just anyone.

for one, i think poor reviews would be minimized and we could get a decent sense of the importance of any particular album. I bet if you took an average score for every album reviewed on this site it would be pushing 4 stars. i'm sorry, but ive been listening to punk for too long to know that it is an inconsistent genre.

second, we would come to recognize the reviewers in question and understand their tastes as either similar or disimilar to our own and go from there on their recommendations.

so i say just allow staff reviews or somehow separate staff reviews with something more than the simple yellow tag. something like a sort feature where one could browse through only staff given reviews.

im prepared to take a beating on this one, but im just giving my opinion on trying to make this site better because i see its review section getting bogged down with too many five star ratings which are utter bullshit.

Dr Cosby Sweater

P.S. no offense to this particular reviewer, i had to post my feelings somewhere and your review happened to be the place.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

terrible band name and horrible cover art excludes this album from a perfect rating before even listening to it.

GlassPipeMurder (October 9, 2005)

P.S., much of this review is stolen, I've seen a lot of the lines here on other "Everything You Need" reviews.

GlassPipeMurder (October 9, 2005)

A perfect ten!?!? You've gotta be kidding me. Maybe "The Longest Barrel Ride", but not this cheesy drum-machine-and-acoustic-guitar mangled mess. Out of the whole album, there are only like 4, maybe 5 really good songs: Perfect Gentleman, Officer, Sweet Honey, Punk Rock Billy and maybe Wiseman. If you want to hear a good Slightly Stoopid cd, I suggest The Longest Barrel Ride. This album is mostly silly white rap.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

If only they didnt have one of the most idiotic band names...how can you take their music seriously?
They used to be some run of the mill late-90's 'ska' band and they were obviously 13 at that time...now their music grew up, but the name still conjures up images of freshmen in hs.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

Although this band is popular amongst sublime fans (like myself), I still find the lyrics to be a bit cornball and fluffy at points. (IE: the acoustic album) But still, reggae/ska/punk is just great music (unless you're into mindless hardcore) and i'll take anything along those lines with artistic merit.

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