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Sublime: Sublime [Deluxe Edition]Sublime [Deluxe Edition] (2006)
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One good thing about music, is when it hits you -- you feel no pain. The late Bob Marley is admittedly not the first person I'd think of to pen such a profound observation, but that quote is always one I've held very close to my heart. Fitting, then, that those words found in "Trenchtown Rock" pref.
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One good thing about music, is when it hits you -- you feel no pain.
The late Bob Marley is admittedly not the first person I'd think of to pen such a profound observation, but that quote is always one I've held very close to my heart. Fitting, then, that those words found in "Trenchtown Rock" preface the 10th Anniversary Edition of Sublime, an album that has a hell of a lot more style and soul than most people in the underground community give it credit for.

The fact of the matter is that Sublime was, and is, unique. Their style, broad and far-reaching as it was, is not for everyone. For those not too high and mighty to enjoy the California blend of punk, reggae, ska, and dub, this collection is certainly not one to pass up. In addition to the original album, there's a second disc with acoustic versions, alternate versions, remixes, instrumental versions, and some videos as well that encompass all of their most well-known material.

That first disc is what started it all, though, and with the incredible collection of 18 tracks, it's really not that difficult to figure out why. Bradley Nowell had soul, you could hear it in his voice and you could hear it in his guitar playing. It's undeniable. One listen to the wildly-popular "Santeria" should let you know just why that's the case; it's the perfect blend of laid-back and gorgeous guitar playing with Nowell's unique and effortless delivery. That smooth style can also be found in "Pawn Shop," a six-minute track that doesn't even feel like half the time. A laid-back song heavily influenced by reggae, "Pawn Shop" relies foremost on the flow to generate a laid-back and rhythmic atmosphere. The smooth basslines and squalling guitar solos at the beginning set the stage well for Nowell's eventual foray into the track, for which he is the centerpiece. Cool as the other side of the pillow, he's able to make about four lines' worth of lyrics stretch into those six minutes without ever coming up empty. His six strings tell more of the story, and they still never miss a beat.

But this is 2007; everyone has heard Sublime. Everyone knows what they sound like, and everyone's got an opinion one way or the other, so why should you buy this re-issue? Remember that second disc I mentioned earlier? Yeah, that's why.

"Doin' Time" alone is remixed five different ways, and everything from instrumental to a more funked-out Wyclef Jean rendition sounds good enough to have been on the original album. They may not have all fit the flow, but the style and quality is never lacking. The instrumental versions of "Caress Me Down" and "What I Got" are also extremely enjoyable, and it's pretty interesting to see what some of the most popular songs of the `90s sound like without any vocal inclusion. The live videos and 15 songs' worth of additional content make this collection worth the sticker price alone.

It's tough, because there's genuinely nothing to say about this band that hasn't been said by every other music critic for the past ten years. What I do know, is that Sublime was unique in vision and unique in style, and it's a shame their career was cut so short. At least with music, when it hits you -- you feel no pain.

 

 
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blood-guts-punkrock (August 14, 2011)

This special edition comes with a second disc...The Uptown Dub remix of Doin' Time makes that second disc!

Anonymous (March 15, 2007)

great band, great sound, great songs.
most of the hate directed at this band is meant for the jocks who like it, i don't care even if the gestapo rocked for sublime i'd still like em.

SilentStorms (March 14, 2007)

Holy shit, Will and I agree on something! Yeah I never liked these guys, and I always thought they were overrated. Score is for Sublime.

Anonymous (March 13, 2007)

Wow another gem from Will. God I wanna suck your cock so bad.

Anonymous (March 12, 2007)

oh my god, I love this album. It reminds me of spring break, when I used to smoke that sweet chiba and go surfing every day...and then me and my frat brethren would rape underaged teenagers.

Seriously people, give it a rest. This band is so overrated.

Anonymous (March 12, 2007)

"Played-out, populist criticism."

Too bad it's completely true. I don't understand why people like this band. At all.

-Will

Scruffy (March 12, 2007)

I hate Sublime. I am one of the first to say that their money-grubbing efforts post-Brad's death are worse than what John Lydon has done with the Sex Pistols.
But, this is not one of them. Major labels have been releasing these Deluxe Edition things for years. The premise is to remaster a classic album and make the experience bigger. I don't own any of them (though, I want to own Weezer's Blue Album Deluxe Edition), but, as much as I hate it, this album's status demands that it be released in this form. Now, a review of it like it's new? Maybe not.

GlassPipeMurder (March 12, 2007)

Frat music.

Played-out, populist criticism.

Ianw (March 11, 2007)

Frat music.

Anonymous (March 11, 2007)

love sublime, dont like how sometimes people get a bit to greedy and try so hard to cash in every few years thats why i aint buyin it..just sayin

SuperRad (March 11, 2007)

Thanks

kill_whitey (March 11, 2007)

SuperRad...here is the link to that interview....http://girlpunk.net/website/content/view/35/2/

rkl (March 11, 2007)

so the second disc is essentially second-hand(now third, or maybe fourth, or eighteenth)smoke again?

romeo #1

JoDisturbed (March 10, 2007)

It's about the money which makes it sad. Let sleeping dogs lie. They were a good band, I have several of the Cd's, saw them in concert, etc but let it go. The energy of the band is dead. Leave re-mixes to rap music.

Anonymous (March 10, 2007)

Sublime sucks.
Pepper sucks.
Slightly stoopid sucks.

I've listened to all three this week (actually had to see Pepper live with my sister). This week has really sucked.

Anonymous (March 10, 2007)

sublime sucks. fuck that band. and fuck white guy reggae wanna=be bands. yes, Pepper and Slightly Stoopid, I mean you too.

SuperRad (March 10, 2007)

Daaaamn Kill_Whitey, where'd you get that interview? I'd love the source. Seriously, nobody should be going to warped and supporting Kevin Lyman. I really can't believe what I just read.

Anonymous (March 10, 2007)

god i hate myself so much. sometimes i just want to curl up into a little ball and die. life is so fucking hard. if one more sublime review gets fucking posted i'm checking out for good.

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

Stop reviewing this shit band. They were shit when they were around and they are still shit.

klonny (March 9, 2007)

Left Alone? Fuck you guys, Dead American Radio deserved at least an 8.

kill_whitey (March 9, 2007)

louie dog died..."Following Nowell's 1996 death, Lou Dog was cared for by Skunk Records co-founder Michael "Miguel" Happoldt. Lou Dog died on September 17, 2001."- from wikipedia...and i saw a vh1 show about sublime a few years back that said the same thing

sizzla (March 9, 2007)

i wonder where louie dog is.

Kerplunk (March 9, 2007)

Sublime was a really nice band... (so is Long Beach Dub Allstars) but i agree with the last post... they should stop with all these remixes and re-releases...

kill_whitey (March 9, 2007)

In response to the Elvis/Left Alone...i hadn't heard about this before...so i did a little research...i came across this interview with the girl...the whole thing is really fucked up...it seems that all you would need to do to clear your name is to give a DNA sample...you should have done this back when there was an investigation if you were really innocent

I was somewhat disturbed when I read the mention of a rape swept under the table. Can you elaborate on that?

Yes. We had a day off before the Calgary show. Everyone from the tour was hanging out and drinking. I was drinking a little bit, but I can never drink a lot because it dries out my vocal chords. So I have a rule that when Iím out I will never drink more than two drinks. Thatís just my way of keeping tabs on myself so I never blow it and end up not being able to sing the next day. Any vocalist will tell you they do that.

I was sitting on the steps playing guitar and around 11:00pm I went inside to go to the bathroom. When I was going back Hector from Epitaph waved me in to the bar and offered me a drink. I took it but I remember drinking it very slowly because that would be my last drink. I was also leaving it at the table and running around to talk to a million people, like an asshole. I was sitting at a table with a bunch of people from the tour who I was just meeting for the first time.

All of a sudden, I started to get sick and dizzy, and feeling like I couldnít stand. I remember being worried about how I was going to get out of there and get back to Kristina. I donít remember anything else. I woke up the next morning with pain and blood in my vagina. The tour had left, so I called a cab and when I got there, I told Kristina and we went to the hospital. I got a rape kit done, they found semen, hairs and 4 inch lacerations in my vagina. They were concerned and I was too, because a predator on the Warped Tour could hurt so many people.

They called in sex crime detectives, who were wonderful. I spent the next week trying to find out what happened subtly. I found out that sometime around 12 or 12:30am I was seen in the room belonging to Bedoin Soundclash, whom I was friendly with and thought they were good kids. In the room with me were most of a band called Left Alone. I was told by the people who saw me, Patrick from Bedouin Soundclash and Elvis from Left Alone, that I wasnít drinking, seemed out of it and was complaining of my stomach hurting. I also found out that the room I had slept in was Elias and Sobeís, who worked for Volcom. I never found out how I got from the bar upstairs and who had brought me there.

A week later my detectives called the production office looking to get statements from the people I found out had seen me. When that happened, Kevin Lyman, got involved and promised me that it was the most important thing and he didnít tolerate rape and he would going to find this person. I told him everything I knew about the night.

Then he talked to Elvis from Left Alone, who apparently told him that I was wasted, and trying to have an orgy with his band when he saw me, and that I was sitting on his bed wear a short skirt being provocative. Elvis told everyone on the tour that I wanted it, in addition he refused to serve any of my friends at the nightly barbeque. The one time I tried to confront him about his lies, he cursed at me, spit at me, and told me if I didnít shut my mouth, I would regret it.

After he did that I left because I was really truly scared of what they would do to me. I never felt safe. I never felt like is something else happened to me, beyond being raped, that anyone would step up and stop it. I lived in constant anxiety, nightmares, agoraphobia, and panic, which is normal for someone who has suffered rape, but was extremely exacerbated by the total lack of support from everyone except Dana and Kristina.

When I tried to go to the people I had thought were my friends for help, (Patrick and Eon from Bedouin Soundclash, Kurt and Hector from Epitaph, and anyone from Elvisí band) they ignored me. Sobe who had been with Kristina the night I got raped, told us that his boss told all of them not to speak to any of us or answer any of our questions. He was scared to be seen with us.

Kevin Lyman also never talked to me once after our initial meeting. Because of that I assumed that the gag order had come down from him. But later he told me that it hadnít. At the very end of tour, when I finally approached him, he told me that he had known the whole summer I was terrified and that I thought that he ordered everyone to not talk to me, but he waited until I asked him flat out to tell me that it wasnít him. Even though he had known. After our initial meeting he never once contacted me or supported me in any way. At the end of the summer, he told me he didnít do anything because there was nothing he could do. It was just a matter for the police. Never mind that it was a traveling tour and the crime happened in Canada.

To get the production office to cooperate with my detectives was like pulling teeth. When I left the tour after Elvis threatened me, one of Kevinís assistants called me and told me that I owed it to Kevin to come back and not make a big deal about it because Kevin had paid me in room and board all summer. I eventually did go back because if I left and had taken the man power of my band with me, the Shira stage would not have made it through the summer.

Twice during the rest of the tour I arranged for police to come take blood samples from people on the tour. They took samples from every person whose name was in the report. But unfortunately since someone had told all of them not to talk about what they had seen, or who they had seen me with, we were unable to get blood samples from anyone that was actually considered a suspect. That was completely heartbreaking to me.

At the end of the summer, when Kevin heard me talking to a girl who worked in catering about what had happened, he came over and told me that I should know he really cares because in 4 years his daughter will be 14, and he is a feminist, that I should admit that he did everything he could to help me, and that if I am still feeling bad about it I should go see a psychiatrist when I get home.

If I were to truly explain to you how that made me feel, you would be left bleeding heavily in a bath of salt. That pain is something MY father has felt, my mother has felt when she still wakes me up from my nightmares weekly. It is a burden that will never ever be lifted from my beloved boyfriend, and my best friends in my band who have born the fallout.

I blame Kevin Lyman because unlike the person who drugged and raped me, he knows the difference between right and wrong, And unlike that person, Kevin was in a position of power. I definantly blame the rapist for his crime, but more than him I blame Kevin and Volcom and Epitaph, and everyone else who put money, and business over human decency. I blame everyone in a position of power who looked the other way and let the criminal get away with it.

Kevin Lyman claiming his concern for me on the life of his daughter has burned me since the words came out of his mouth. And if anyone asks me why I waged war on the entire United States of America over this issue, I will tell you right now. It is for her. Because her father was too weak.

HNAMA (March 9, 2007)

Lables always kill the bands taht are dead. Look at all the Nirvana shit that's still coming out. Or the At the Drive-in disc. And how Fearless then RE-released half of their collection with 'new' booklets... which i guess meant putting their new logo on it instead of the 'eyes'. There's nothing THAT unique about any of them, it's just a money scheme... but i'll still probably buy this.

joeg (March 9, 2007)

i can't wait for a review of sublime's double album, 19 greatest tracks as picked by their european fans. it's coming out next year and will be followed by a special remix version of sublime's 15 greatest tracks as picked by bradley's neighbors. a dvd with an exclusive behind the scenes look behind how these people went about picking the songs along with 2 rare, never before heard, unreleased tracks of slightly stoopid, kottonmouth kings and gwen stefani doing acapella and hip hop versions of the ground breaking smash hit santeria is also in the works. should be rad. :I

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

pointless review

baseball (March 9, 2007)

yes, they've been milked to death

but Sublime released a lot of good fun music and were a great gateway band for me way back when

i probably never would have gotten into so much reggae, dub, ska, etc. if i hadn't loved Sublime when i was 12 years old

and i still throw 40oz. To Freedom on once a month probably

threechordsandthetruth (March 9, 2007)

I like this album for what it is but Brad plays almost the same solo on What Happened? and Date Rape.

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

enough already-oldpunker-

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

I know that everyone thinks that I'm the guy responsible for raping Calentura's singer at Warped last year, but someone in the comments section of the review of our latest split said that, actually, the rapist was "Sobe" of Volcom Entertainment, and that he's been tried and "locked up." Can anyone confirm the validity of this statement? Anyone?

Review in question: http://www.punknews.org/review/5712

Elvis/ LEFT ALONE

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

They really have to stop with all the Sublime crap. This band was so awesome and they're really killing it with all those re-releases and remixes.

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