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Sublime: SublimeSublime (1996)
Universal Music Group

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It's not often that legendary bands truly go out with a bang. Operation Ivy did it with Energy. Refused did it with The Shape of Punk to Come. Paul Weller broke up the Jam as they celebrated their #1 album The Gift. But most bands hit their pinnacle and proceed to watch their popularity spiral until.
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It's not often that legendary bands truly go out with a bang. Operation Ivy did it with Energy. Refused did it with The Shape of Punk to Come. Paul Weller broke up the Jam as they celebrated their #1 album The Gift. But most bands hit their pinnacle and proceed to watch their popularity spiral until they're finally left with no other option than to throw in the towel. Granted, it was the heroin overdose of lead singer Brad Nowell that forced the end of Sublime, but left in the wake of his death was the band's self-titled release that would spawn five top-ten singles and sell millions throughout the world.

Brad said it best regarding the Sublime sound:

Sublime is a hodgepodge of all types of bands I have been into since I was a kid. Not like I mix it all up on purpose but more like its a subconscious type of thing. As a young kid I was heavily into hardcore punk, like the Circle Jerks and Black Flag, then I first heard the ska sound from bands like the Selector and the Specials. I thought this was the best music I had ever heard. Then came the rub a dub style of dance hall reggae music which I've never been able get out of my head since! A little later I was into Run DMC and the whole NWA sound. I was blown away when I heard groups like BDP and KRS-One mixing rap and reggae. It was devastating…
From the feel-good summertime beats of "What I Got" to the furious thrashings of "Paddle Out" to the skankin'-in-the-pit upstrokes of "Seed," Sublime's self-titled assembles a beautiful mosaic of variety that never strays from what is inherently Sublime. While the group's debut, 40 Oz. To Freedom, established their sound and place in the Southern California punk scene, this album established their place in the homes of kids everywhere.

Lead singer Brad Nowell recorded most of this album strung out on heroin and valuums, but rarely does it show in the music. His golden voice maintains virtual flawlessness, as he addresses everything from unwed pregnancy ("Seed"), surfing ("Paddle Out"), rioting on the streets of every major city ("April 29th, 1992 (Miami)"), teenage prostitution ("Wrong Way"), and of course, heroin addiction ("Garden Grove"). Unbeknownst to most, Sublime's self-titled is also scattered with unbeatable covers, interpolations, and tributes (Half-Pint's "Lovin'," Secret Hate's "The Ballad of Johnny Butt," Wailing Souls' "War deh Round a John Shop," Bob Marley's "Jailhouse," and George and Ira Gershwin's classic "Summertime" amongst others).

In recent years, MCA has done everything in their power to milk as much money out of Sublime as possible. An endless assortment of greatest hits collections, gold pressings, and boxed sets are tarnishing the image of a band built on DIYethics and non-stop touring. But I have a secret to share with you: This album is all you need to experience the best of what Sublime has to offer. True, their other releases are favorites amongst diehard fans, but no music lover can complete his or her collection without the perfect swan song of a band that was cut down in the prime of its success.

 

 
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nedsammy (September 12, 2010)

this album starts and ends brilliantly and has a load of my favourite songs on it... but for some reason i have a little trouble listening the whole thing through. pretty great, of course.

PanasonicYouth519 (April 3, 2007)

Sure it wasn't as good as 40oz To Freedom but self-titled was and still is a great album. I can't think of an album that had more musical genres on it but yet didn't sound out of place. The only complaint I have about self-titled is the fact that "What I Got" and "Santeria" get rediculous radio-play at the local rock station. Other than that though, I really can't find a flaw with the album

tittytwisterbudy (December 28, 2006)

amazing album from one of the best bands of all time

Anonymous (May 19, 2006)

This is one of the best reviews i've read on this website.

Fuck MCA, we don't need 30 'greatest hits' from this band.

Anonymous (April 12, 2006)

Sublime is the coolest band ever! and anyone who dont like them suck major monkey balls! long live sublime! RIP Brad!

Anonymous (March 25, 2006)

Sublime is the best fucking band i have ever heard in my entier life!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

i love sublime!!! people need to stop with all the rude comments about them cause why are they even here in the first place?? if all theyre gunna do is say stupid stuff about them. sublime is my favorite band..EVER. i love them.

Anonymous (December 7, 2005)

best band ever!

Anonymous (December 7, 2005)

best band ever!

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

i smoke 2 joints in time of peace, and 2 in time of war...i smoke 2 joints before I smoke 2 joints...then i smoke 2 more!

Anonymous (November 25, 2005)

I like this album, I like sublime and if you don't its all good

clamum (November 25, 2005)

Typical Will pointless babble bullshit.

Great album, lots of passion in this guy's music.

Anonymous (November 24, 2005)

Wow, that comment 4 posts down wins my "dumbest shit I've read on the internet all month" award.

I've always found this band to be really overrated, I thought I was the only one (That might have something to do with living in one of the pot smoking capitals of North America though.). It's not that they're a terrible band, but I've just never been able to get into their songs, and trust me, this has nothing to with my lack of understanding of music, or because the lyrics don't "speak to me", I honestly don't give a fuck about that.

I also find it interesting that on a thead where the word "overated" has come up many times there's also mentions of Led Zepplin AND Pink Floyd. Coincidence??

Anonymous (November 23, 2005)

aside from Caress Me Down, Get Ready, and maybe What I Got, how is this a party album??

dazed (November 22, 2005)

Eh, the lyrics are sometimes sophomoric on this album but it's a party album first and foremost and in that respect it's the best Sublime album if only due to the production.

I dunno, to me it seems unfair to judge a band strictly by who listens to their music; yeah a lot of stereotypical frat boy assholes worship this band but it doesn't have much to do with the music in the end.

If I hadn't got into this when it came out or when I was discovering music I think I could give this album a 5 and go "meh", but since it's more of a soundtrack to going to parties (and no not smoking pot, shit's gross) and the beach I'll give it a higher score. Objectivity be damned.

joeg (November 22, 2005)

"I would put Sublime in the same the same catagory as Pink Floyd and Bob Marley, what I mean by that is they all have a message to give. Kris"

i think creed's message also speaks volumes. Joe

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

All of u who hate on Sublime are complete idiots. Bradley Nowell was a musical genius. Just listen to his lyrics...Go head listen. If they do not speak to you than you are truley a dumb fuck. All of the Sublime albums are absolute classics in my opinion. And by no means are any of them compairable. Each one is it's own message and theme all to itself. If you know any thing about music will not be able to put these albums down. They will not leave your CD Player for atleast a week, and once your done with the first one you will buy the next. Don't be discouraged by the change in tone or sound between albums, 'cause as i said before "no album is compairable to another." Just try to hear and understand the experiance for what it is. I would put Sublime in the same the same catagory as Pink Floyd and Bob Marley, what I mean by that is they all have a message to give. Kris

SilentStorms (November 22, 2005)

I don't like this. Call me an asshole. Go ahead, seriously. But it's all opinion and that's my opinion. I am so sick of these dead mofos. Both literally and figuratively. If you kill urself, that's the sympathy you get from me. Ensue onslaught.

GlassPipeMurder (November 22, 2005)

The following is my explanation (justification?) for everything in the review, including responses to some comments.

1. To those who said the other albums were "better": Pull your heads out from under your opinion. You may like them more, but by no means are they better. 40 Oz. To Freedom was great, but in the end was much more of an immature party album with bad song titles. While it did have some gems like Ebin, Badfish, and New Song, the lyrics were subpar, and the musicianship was still developing. Robbin' the Hood was a very experimental effort, and is a favorite among fans, but there's simply too much filler (Steady B Loop, I Don't Care Too Much For Reggae Dub, all of the Raleigh Sakers excerpts) to be considered of equal quality. This album is a culmination of great lyrics, musicianship, and production by Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers.
2. The score is not entirely my personal opinion on how much I like the album, but things taken into account are influence on other bands (see: Pepper, Slightly Stoopid, any band on Sublimearchive.com), how the band fits within the context of its contemporaries (see: Pennywise, Face to Face, Vandals, Voodoo Glow Skulls), and the staying power of this album (it continues to sell over a million copies a year, ten years after its release).
3. The five singles, according to VH1 are:
1. What I Got
2. Wrong Way
3. Santeria
4. Caress Me Down
5. Doin' Time
I've never heard of April 29th, 1992 being a top ten single, and would like to know where that came from.
4. As much as I hate the frat stoners that listen to Sublime, that does not dictate who they were as a band. They were three punks and a dalmation, nothing more. By the time the mainstream got ahold of Sublime, they were already gone, so they had no power to control who listens to them, and during their time as a band, they certainly did not cater to the type of audience they ended up appealing to. Judging a band by its audience holds no weight in an analysis of a band or album.

Any questions?

jheisel (November 22, 2005)

I was so disappointed by this CD when it came out in 1996, and I'm pretty sure I would still hate it now. Oh well, Sublime made two good CDs at least.

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

Every album is just a greatest hits from the three's youth. Hardly anything original.

localh (November 21, 2005)

ha ha lonsome crowded west is an awesome cd

fattony (November 21, 2005)

this review romanticizes this album a bit much, though it does it reasonably well. i just never really cared for this album much outside of the singles. i think that 10 years from now, a greatest hits album will sum this band's career up nicely.

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

drunk on the amtrack PLEASE SHUT UP.

poopypants (November 21, 2005)

"bradley dying is a bigger tragedy than losing kurt cobain imho"

how you figure? nirvana was the central figure in destroying all the hair metal bands while sublime was the soundtrack to high school kids summers in 96."

haha, i wasnt speaking in a broad social context, just my own humble opinion. both artists died in the mid 90's due to heroin, both were arguably at the 'peak' of their songwriting abilities (mid 20's-early 30's for most musicians it seems) and both had a pretty strong 'alternative' following. i just much prefer bradley's work to Kurts.

now as for influence on music at the time, social impact, records sold, etc, well...obviously the nod goes to Kurt.

not trying to start a debate, it was just a thought in my head at the time...i'm quite bummed Brad is dead and I wish I could have heard the 4 or 5 more sublime albums he'd have penned by now had it not been for his death

paul

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

to show how important sublime was to mainstream america at the time of brad's death, i still have the spin magazine that was released at that time (it was the KISS 1996 reunion tour four cover deal, for anyone that cares to look it up).

anyways, there's a little paragraph on one of the pages, barely anything at all. we all know how those magazines covered things after this album "blew up", though.

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

Long Beach dub all-stars is like olestra for the mind.

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

My friend has a split 7" with sublime on one side and wesley willis and the fiasco on the other. I want that fucking record.

-Ken

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

this was not sublime's first cd buddy.

iheartadam (November 21, 2005)

Dinosaur Jr. wasn't a matter of "peaking". They actually didn't "peak" in terms of recognition and sales until Where You Been and Without A Sound, and that was after Lou Barlow had left and the quality of their albums had softened, or at least the style had changed dramatically under just Mascis.

Sublime made more of an impact before this release. It's just that this album was totally accessible to everyone, including poppy high school girls. Robbin the Hood was a drug-addled trip in terms of the music, you don't see many poppy high school girls listening to that. This was the biggest, doesn't mean it was the best. Doesn't mean it was the worst.

joeg (November 21, 2005)

"I wouldn't say that Sublime is that important, but neither is Nirvana. They were just in the right place at the right time. The Pixies or Dinosaur Jr peaked too early, but they (and many others) would've had the same effect with Nirvana's same timeline"

i don't give credence to would've and could've and should've. i deal with what actually happened. i agree nirvana was at the right place at the right time but i don't think it diminishes the significance of their impact on rock music.

LevitateMe (November 21, 2005)

I wouldn't say that Sublime is that important, but neither is Nirvana. They were just in the right place at the right time. The Pixies or Dinosaur Jr peaked too early, but they (and many others) would've had the same effect with Nirvana's same timeline.

joeg (November 21, 2005)

"bradley dying is a bigger tragedy than losing kurt cobain imho"

how you figure? nirvana was the central figure in destroying all the hair metal bands while sublime was the soundtrack to high school kids summers in 96.

poopypants (November 21, 2005)

"That's such a typical "punk" response, don't be afraid to like something just because brainless idiots do. They don't enjoy music like this on the same level as I do. Sublime rips, and try playing Robbin' The Hood at a frat party, good luck."

well said! thank you! i hate that 'if jocks listen to it i can't' shit. same fuckin comment goes for 311...they get the fucking unfair label of 'stoner party frat rock' but they are insanely talented and amazing live.

scores for comment

paul

poopypants (November 21, 2005)

this album was the soundtrack to the first half of my sophmore year in highschool. one of my favorite albums of all time...its a little played out now, nearly 10 years later but still sounds fresh when i bust it out. bradley dying is a bigger tragedy than losing kurt cobain imho

paul

rkl (November 21, 2005)

also Sublime - Sublime
Posted by feeeding5000 on 2005-11-20 11:44:37

And Green Day sucks, even though they are what got me into punk. Hopefully Sublime will at least be like a "Gateway Band"; Sublime is like that joint that you had at a friend's party, which will eventually lead to the musical cocaine or heroin that is "real punk".
for me, sublime was a gateway band. reading through the comments on this have made me feel somewhat old. i was 14 when the s/t dropped, and that made me go listen to 40 oz, and that made me listen to the descendants/br/minutemen. hurrah.

rkl (November 21, 2005)

This album is all you need to experience the best of what Sublime has to offer.
i didnt think this was a review of 40 oz to freedom.

score is for the s/t

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

score is for warped tour 1995

ejaculine (November 21, 2005)

I love sublime. I for one don't care if jocks likes it or if it's popular or whatever the hell else... I listened to it, I liked it. That's the end of it. You either like it or you don't but that has nothing to do with what style it is or that the band did drugs or whatever. And for that "real punk" guy, sublime doesnt really even sound punk, maybe a couple of songs with little punk parts and that's about it. So no it's not "real punk", and it's not even "fake punk". I just find it funny how some people hate this with such passion haha... it's retarded.

Score is for this kick ass cd.

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

I like them alright, but come on. They aren't that great. And it's not because they're popular or anything. It's the fact that they hardly did anything original. And don't tell me that mixing all kinds of styleees is original. People have been doing that forever. Most of their songs are just copies of old songs. They were just some alright musicians covering (or if you prefer, paying tribute) to old ska, reggae, blues and punk bands.

AlmostPunkEnough (November 21, 2005)

just bustin your balls man. i always stereotype 'small town' people as being very localized and never really venturing out. i know it's not really the case though.

of course, i've never left the northeast US (i went to Niagra Falls/Toronto once). and i don't think i've been more than 40 miles away from NYC in the last year at least. lame.

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

Almostpunk, I want to become a social worker, so of course I've been outside my suburbs before.

GreenVandal (November 21, 2005)

Same in the end? Great song. Everything else? Not so great.

I agree with will on this one. I have never smoked pot and music thats about nothing but smoking pot doesnt really float my boat. And the "reggae" parts are really generic and interchangeable. I'll never get this.

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

caress me down wasn't a single. it probably should have been. it's a little racy though.

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

For the guy who asked what happened to LBDA... they have trimmed their band down to a 4 or 5 piece i think? But they released a CD as Long Beach Shortbus in 2004, its a horrible mesh of pop, reggae, and punk etc... but there are a few tracks worth hearing and some originality sprinkled in, download it.

Score is for The Slackers, but hey, if their upcoming album becomes popular i'll have to hate them too won't I.

-Not-To-Regret

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

"i thought there were more than five singles.....
- date rape
- badfish
- santeria
- wrong way
- what i got
- doin' time"

Uh.... "Date Rape" and "Badfish" are from "40 oz. To Freedom".

The singles from the S/T were:
- What I Got
- Santeria
- Wrong Way
- Doin' Time
- April 29, 1992 (Miami)
- Caress Me Down

So there were actually 6.

I'm not even that big of a fan of the band, but at least get your shit straight (same with the reviewer).

Oh well... Score is for the album.

AlmostPunkEnough (November 20, 2005)

did BSD just accuse omeone of 'never being outside their suburb'. dear god that's hilarious.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

Hating a band because people you don't like like them is the worst reason to hate a band. I don't care how many drunken frat-boys know the words to the songs on this album, I still dig it.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

score is for the jam

joeg (November 20, 2005)

i think i would've hated this band had i gotten into black flag and minor threat when i was 15 but alas, i was still listening to stp and smashing pumpkins or whatever was on radio in 95 so what the hey, i dug it. now, not so much although seed and paddle out are still kool.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

Score is for the guy who said he hadn't heard any of the albums after this one and the other guy who said "Long live Brad".

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

The bands weakest album by far. Pretty cool when I was 16 though.

whatchokesbegin (November 20, 2005)

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lol_omg_wtf_nambla (November 20, 2005)

Sublime's a wierd band. They are really fucking good all other things being equal, but that's never the way it works. The first time I heard Sublime I was blown away, but after nearly a decade of this stuff I can say that's it's starting to lose its lustre. It's kinda like how I'm getting with Fat Tire I guess. It's really good, but when every-fucking-body you run into is ten kinds of into it, you wind up feeling a little bored. I'll throw 40 Oz. on every now and again when the mood strikes, but I hear it enough anyway. These days I fall asleep to Lucero, but I remember Sublime fondly.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

"I didn't get into pot in middle school like every one else, so to me songs about pot smoking and "chilling out" don't fit me because I'm a really high-strung, hyper person. In fact, I kind of resent the idea of "chilling with the crew" and "smoking up." If there are drugs on the scene, they better be fucking stimulants and the music had better be something cool, yet creepy like Gang of Four, Magazine, KK Null solo stuff, Zeni Geva, later Boredoms, Melt-Banana or VMW."

That is the stupidest thing I've ever read. You sound like a douche.

I don't and never have smoked weed before and I still love Sublime. I can see how some people might not be able to relate to the lyrics, but how can you not fall in love with the music and Brad's voice? Seriously, listen to Badfish (on 40 oz.) and tell me that you don't like it. Probably not possible... And everyone keeps saying Date Rape was a single on this album and it's not even on this cd.

jamalxbearings (November 20, 2005)

Damn you seeing this made me break out the Sublime shirt. I find this to be the most overall boring album they ever released. 40oz. never gets boring front to back, same with Robbin' the Hood. A bunch of drunk frat boys singing "What I Got" is just as bad as them singing "Tub Thumping".

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

you know when they come and teach you about sex ed. and they stick the jimmy (rubber, goatskin sack, condom) on the banana? Well if so it's like that but there it gets extracurricular.

LevitateMe (November 20, 2005)

Exactly what it sounds like.

stevejonestherealbones (November 20, 2005)

whats banana sex?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

I like good music as much as the next person and this is one of the ebst pieces of music out there along with the rest of their catalogue BUT it is extremely popular so I think I'd prefer to watch Burt Rynolds, Phil Spector & three tranys have banana sex in the back of a limo after a Dropkick Murphys concert than listen to this.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

Ha, didn't take as long as I thought to get you fuckers going.
And for the record, I dont live anywhere in or near a suburb.

And the thing about my comment being so stupid "it isn't worth pointing out"??? Well, you sure took the time to do so.

LevitateMe (November 20, 2005)

2. I was really embarassed because I got this band's name mixed up with my favorite kind of pie. So when my mom said she had some keylime, I was like "Yeah mom. Let's roll a joint and listen to it."

Slowly, you're coming back, superdude. Slowly.

iheartadam (November 20, 2005)

No other band has ever done that. If you don't at least appreciate their unique contribution, you're just being ignorant.

Whoa there pal. You've just shown your hand as quite an ignorant person yourself. They were not the first, or the last band to mix genres like they did. They might have had their own style, but definitely weren't the first.

Do you drive a Volkswagen and like 311 as well? Just a question.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

You don't have to like Sublime, but you've got to respect them. Anyone who says they are' generic' or 'bland' or 'ska-punk' either hasn't heard them or doesn't know anything about music. Sublime was an innovative band that combined the sounds of rap, raggae, ska, punk, and hardcore just to name a few, and made them work together beautifully. No other band has ever done that. If you don't at least appreciate their unique contribution, you're just being ignorant.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

Sublime..always sucked.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

". First off, a disease is something you get unwillingly, if you choose to drink, shoot up, or snort a fat line off a dashboard, you did so yourself. I have absolutely NO sympathy for people like that"

This is such a stupid statement, it's not even worth pointing out.

You have obviously been outside your suburb.

-Will

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

I'll take Hodgepodge? for $1200 Alex.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

Goddamn I hate Sublime...almost as much as I hate Nirvana.
Almost makes me think that this was heroin's way of weeding out awful music, but it didn't really work.

Now If you choose to defend fucks like this blabbering on about how their addictions were a disease. First off, a disease is something you get unwillingly, if you choose to drink, shoot up, or snort a fat line off a dashboard, you did so yourself. I have absolutely NO sympathy for people like that.

Ok, now can someone take Gerard Way's coke straw away and pass him a syringe?

superdude (November 20, 2005)

Oh yeah, my comment was by me.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

amazing album..
what happened to long beach dub allstars?

trrevor (November 20, 2005)

Absolutely lame, bland and offensive

Godfather (November 20, 2005)

any sublime fans should get brad nowell's acoustic cd....i think it's even better than this album

iheartadam (November 20, 2005)

Hey Gladimnotemo, music sux coz it sold out lol. No seriously, I want to see more posts about why *any band here* and how *any music style here* has sold out or gotten big and now you can't like them and must shred shred shred it.

MrStabone (November 20, 2005)

seriously, you people all need to get over yourselves. yes, stoners and frat guys love this band. they also love the beatles, the stones, and led zeppelin. so i guess all those bands suck too.

i was in to this band when I wasn't even into drinking or drugs and still thought they were a good band. if this band never broke in to the mainstream, they would be just as revered in punk rock circles as Op Ivy.

good music is good music. it's as simple as that.

feeeding5000 (November 20, 2005)

And Green Day sucks, even though they are what got me into punk. Hopefully Sublime will at least be like a "Gateway Band"; Sublime is like that joint that you had at a friend's party, which will eventually lead to the musical cocaine or heroin that is "real punk".

gladimnotemo (November 20, 2005)

Man, I am really digging the attitude on this site nowadays.

IF IT AIN'T EPITAPH, IT AIN'T PUNK LOL DIY IS JUST UNTIL YOU GET A CONTRACT O RLYZ!?

feeeding5000 (November 20, 2005)

CRAP. CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP. This is just terrible. Sublime, along with RBF, is responsible for all of the crap in ska-punk. All of the stupid, laid-back, party, jock-asshole attitude, with none of the positive message of 2Tone. Sublime is like the Madball of ska: popular, stupid, and without substance.

localh (November 20, 2005)

Date Rape was not a single from this cd....
No matter what types of idiots/jocks/frat boys/hippies/311 girls like and listen to this cd now it will always be what I consider a classic cd. I have been listening to it ever since it first came out and I still like pretty much every song. 40 oz and Robbin in the hood were good as well, but this one wins in my book.
Guttermouth did a badass cover of April 29, 1992

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

score is for lame superdude imitators

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

This review was pretty good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. You're pretty lousy at telling secrets. Now everyone knows. YOu should have just emailed me.

2. I was really embarassed because I got this band's name mixed up with my favorite kind of pie. So when my mom said she had some keylime, I was like "Yeah mom. Let's roll a joint and listen to it."

3. She was all like, "What?"

iheartadam (November 20, 2005)

One of the most over-hyped bands ever. Stoner frat "punk". Nothing needs to be said about them anymore.

Oioioioioioioioioioioioioi. Gladimnotemo making his usual dip into the dumbass hall of fame. It must be getting crowded in there with Will and Ken.

iheartadam (November 20, 2005)

Robbin the Hood was their best album. I think this was their worst...errr..whatever else was churned out after this I haven't listened to, so from my viewpoint, this was their weakest release.

I still can't understand how this band got so popular with white suburban girls who also worship 311 but it's really out of control.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

i thought there were more than five singles.....
- date rape
- badfish
- santeria
- wrong way
- what i got
- doin' time

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

So your stoned, play bad music, bored.

You can sell records.

Terrible band.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

I like this album. Obviously nowadays admitting that is something of a crime, but I think some of the songs are great. You don't have to be a stoner/jock/whatever to enjoy it either.

Joe

Godfather (November 20, 2005)

i haven't listened to this cd in over 5 years, but i can still recite every word

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

'sublime are key, sublime will always be key' amazing band who signed to a bunch of blood suckers, fuck mca.

Majors may be bloodsuckers, but in this case they had nothing to do with the demise of the band.

AlmostPunkEnough (November 20, 2005)

i really like a bunch of songs on this, great nostalgia too. that being said, "40ozs..." and "Robbin the Hood" are both better than this. and Sublime, overall, are SEVERELY overrated. i hate to say it, but if Brad hadn't died, they would have faded to shit by now. sorry.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

I honestly down understand the logic process of some of the people on this website. Granted, I find it all very entertaining (that's why I come to this place and read the comments more than I do the main articles), but some of the hypocrisy is crazy.

The general consensus here is that Sublime is stupid, frat boy stoner rock that's basically made for idiots and the radio (Keep in mind, the general consensus I'm using comments from news on the tribute albums and this review) which is to be looked down upon. On the other hand, Green Day is still praised again and again as if they're tied quite closely with brash, provocative music.

But here's what I don't understand. Sublime isn't stupid music, they actually do combine a lot of influences to make their stuff and a bunch of their songs are set in different tones and styles. People criticize some bands because they all sound the same, but Sublime is pretty unique. I can't really think of band similar to Sublime in the music they make, aside from maybe RX Bandits.

Also, Green Day is essentially playing to the same crowd now that Sublime was then. Green Day makes music that's quite popular with the American Idiot they detest. They are playing to the person who loves the radio and thinks Dashboard is the original emo band. Their sound has definitely evolved to become poppier over time, and really have about as much connection to punk as Sublime does.

There's no real way to say that Green Day is far better than Sublime if you insult the latter on the basis of being music for the masses. Both of them came from a small scene and blew up and now everyone likes them. Sublime is definitely associated with pot and parties, but Green Day named themselves after pot, too, so there's an association with both. Why the Sublime hate and Green Day love?

(PS: I'm a fan of both GD and Sublime, I was just playing devil's advocate)

TheOneTrueBill (November 20, 2005)

I never actually got this album but I've heard it so many times over the years that it's like I own it. I like Sublime and all, but they're not exactly the bee's knees.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

'sublime are key, sublime will always be key' amazing band who signed to a bunch of blood suckers, fuck mca.

FuckYouOiOiOi (November 20, 2005)

I'm too cool to listen to Sublime, much cooler than everyone else. I'm too cool to do the drugs everyone else is doing, gimme some fucking speed. When I'm trying to chill, I'd rather listen to bands like Disaster Fan, Portage Terriers, Functional Monkey, S.T.I., Suburban Logic, etc.

-Will

FuckYouOiOiOi (November 20, 2005)

You need this kind of music when you're relaxing/trying to fall asleep. I love that one song about the LA riots.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

awesome band. great memories.

to really get the most of this band you have to live in Southern California because the vibe is amazing.

Listening to Sublime on kroq, while driving in Long Beach, H.B. South Central, Anaheim, etc is a fucking experience in itself.

Long live Brad and Sublime.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

whatever dudes, this band totally rocks! fuck yeah! now im gonna go smoke some weed...

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

This does not deserve a 10. Sublime were never that great a band, a good band? Perhaps. A talented band, definately, but a great band? Not nearly. Sure, they played around with genres, but they were never as consistent, nor as funny as the Dead Milkmen or similar such bands. This album is one which I enjoyed (but never loved) in High school, but now I can barely stand to listen to it.

As a side note, "The Gift" is far from what I would call going out with a bang. With the exception of "A Town Called Malice", The Jam were hit and miss on anything but "In the City" and "All Mod Cons"

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

Yeah, I think the question is what the hell you're doing at a party with stoners and jocks if you aren't just like them...

This band sucks. I think 90% of white, suburban males my age (17) went through a period of liking them, but I was never into it. I didn't get into pot in middle school like every one else, so to me songs about pot smoking and "chilling out" don't fit me because I'm a really high-strung, hyper person. In fact, I kind of resent the idea of "chilling with the crew" and "smoking up." If there are drugs on the scene, they better be fucking stimulants and the music had better be something cool, yet creepy like Gang of Four, Magazine, KK Null solo stuff, Zeni Geva, later Boredoms, Melt-Banana or VMW.

That is all.

-Will

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

"One of the most over-hyped bands ever. Stoner frat "punk". Nothing needs to be said about them anymore."

That's such a typical "punk" response, don't be afraid to like something just because brainless idiots do. They don't enjoy music like this on the same level as I do. Sublime rips, and try playing Robbin' The Hood at a frat party, good luck...

-Not-to-Regret

sceneupdates (November 20, 2005)

I love this CD, theres 1 or 2 bad tracks though

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

So many people love this band. To this day, I still don't get why. Meh, I guess they're not terrible, but I tried so hard to give these guys a chance. No dice, yet or ever.

Ramo

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

"Lead singer Brad Nowell recorded most of this album strung out on heroin and valuums, but rarely does it show in the music."

I disagree.

kingofpain (November 20, 2005)

I used to kinda like Sublime when I was about nine, but I never really got into them. All the stoners and jocks in my school seemed to love Sublime, though, along with Nirvana and Tool. The only time I ever listen to them is when I'm at a party.

elliot (November 20, 2005)

why do people all of a sudden give a shit about sublime again? i got over them when i was 14, like all people of decent taste should. there was absolutely nothing original or daring about their sound. they were a safe, melodic, flaccid reggae/punk crossover band who catered to idiots with no clue about music.

aaaannnd, those are the type of people who jock the hell out of them almost ten years after that jackass shot himself up with too much stupid heroin! weird!

gladimnotemo (November 20, 2005)

One of the most over-hyped bands ever. Stoner frat "punk". Nothing needs to be said about them anymore.

theundergroundscene (November 20, 2005)

this album is completely awesome, along with 40 oz

it's completely enjoyable, irresistable music

swank (November 19, 2005)

One of the most over-rated bands of all time.

Anonymous (November 19, 2005)

sublime covered that song about two joints in the morning right?

Anonymous (November 19, 2005)

Doin Time was the last single from the cd.

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (November 19, 2005)

I love What Happened, although the guitarist plays the exact same solo on some other song on 40 oz...

Anonymous (November 19, 2005)

sublime will always remind me of senior year spring break. because i really did smoke two joints in the morning, as well as smoked two joints and night, and i smoked two joints before i smoked two joints and then i smoked to more...................memories..........

formerly-blade-runner (November 19, 2005)

The other single was "Date Rape", a great song

stevejonestherealbones (November 19, 2005)

this band is really hit or mis. i like burritos though

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (November 19, 2005)

what were the 5 singles?

I know these were obviously...

1)What I got
2)Wrong Way
3)Santeria

what were the other two? Garden Grove? what else?

Barkley

colin (November 19, 2005)

i liked a few songs, especially same in the end, but i just never got into this band.

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