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sublime are my favourite band, this my favourite album of theirs. They are one of the first bands to mix a bit of ska and a bit of punk rock America that we all know and love. For anyone who doesnt know the story of sublime, it is a tradgety. The lead singer, Bradley Nowell along with eric and bud grew up togther in Long Beach, California in the 80's and their band was on the verge of mainstream success by around 1995. after recording what was to be their last album they went on tour where in 1996 and after Brad had fought a heroin addiction he relapsed and took an overdose. He died on tour and the band immedietly split up. This is the album that was released after his death.
and if you also dont know about ska it is a mix of reggae and punk often with a steady beat using a drumkit and guitar.
the first time i heard sublime i thought Brad was a black man because he sings with so much soul and unlike all these pop bands today, they were writing songs for the sake of music. They connected with their fans which is something that a lot of bands cannot do. When they were on tour they would play in a town then keeping up with their party hard attitude would be invited back to a fans house and stay there.
i could go on all day about the story of sublime but ill move onto the album. the songs are a mix of their classic ska, punk rock and a bit of mixing. Every song on the album is special in its own right and every song has a meaning. Weather its about the 1992 riots or about Brads upbringing in Long Beach. the main thing that makes this music so special compared to other ska bands arounf the time is that Brad was singing from his heart. He simply sang about his experiences and people were interested to hear it.
no doubt Brads story is tragic but for the short time he was with us he continued to create great music for any type of mood. In my opinion all of sublimes songs are a direct reflection of Brads story and his life up untill then and it works to make a genius album.
Hel [hearts] Sublime!
As most of the other revies seem to suggest, this album is definitely one to behold and treasure. It's so easy going, uplifting, tantalising and delicious! I was hooked upon the first listen although more with certain songs such a 'Wrong Way' and 'What I Got'. It is also a growe though, You'll learn to love the whole album as the masterpiece it is the more you listen to it.
On this self titled record, every song represents a diferent mood and a different story. As you get to know the album the individual songs will start to mean more to you and you will see meaning where before there was just a laid back melody and an easy listening string of american drawl.
This record has been pretty mucha constant facot in my life for a least 10 years and I'm still not even close to tiring of it. Take this record into your loving embrace and get to know it!
Hi, Well if you ever hear someone say a bad thing about this album I would be more surprised than Ian Beale. This is one of the truly great albums in my collection and I do have a fair few. It has been a while since I last wrote an op, as I have been struggling for a few ideas to keep you all entertained. How could I forget I thought as I pulled this album off my shelf, this is definitely worth a write up about. I do accept that everyone’s cup of tea isn't a bit of ska-punk mixed up with some reggae, hip hop and every other kind of music but I do urge you to give this album a listen. The group formed in 1988 in Long Beach California and is a trio made up of Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh. This self titled album follows two of their earlier albums 40 Oz. to Freedom and Robbin' the Hood. It was released in 1996 and comprises of 17 tracks. I have always thought it would be hard for a band to keep interest and enthusiasm with the listener with an album of this length, but Sublime seem to pull it off. Having said that there are a couple of tracks that from time to time I do find myself skipping. That may, however, be because I want to find a track of extremely great quality. Personally I feel the best tracks of this album have to be "What I Got," "Santeria" and “Doin’ Time”. You may have heard of these to as they did have some playing time on the radio, even though this was mainly limited to the States. I cannot imagine anyone saying they didn't like these two in particular, in fact I would be shocked. Track Listing: 1. Garden Grove - What can I say, this is a great opener. The songs starts of with one of the most pleasant string notes and after about 10 seconds a powerful drum beat. A nice chilled out track which really shows off the band’s full potential. I couldn’t see anyone wouldn’t find this track appealing to the
ear, so if you do, you’ve got something seriously wrong. Lol. After hearing this you can do nothing else but wonder what is on the rest of this album. 2. What I Got – This songs got a great tempo and you can really feel yourself getting into the album. Bradley using the acoustic makes some really beautiful sounds, and one of the nicest solos I have heard. He is able to show his true singing talents and this is why this track is one of my favourites. I only wish it was a bit longer being just under three minutes. 3. Wrong Way - A short little number coming in at just over two minutes this is another great catchy song. At this point the tempo of the album starts to speed up a little. The songs lyrics deal with areas such as prostitution in this song, and with their style of music, one would expect that with their type of music this wouldn't work but it really does and it shows the great downsides associated with prostitution. 4. Same in the End - The tempo has really started to pick up at this point in the album and keeps you listening attentively. The punkier side of Sublime really shows in the chorus of the song, but they don't go over the top. 5. April 29, 1992 (Miami) – This song starts of with a little sample of a police radio and talks about the riots in Miama in 1992. Another catchy song with a powerful bass line to start the song, which are followed later by regular guitar solos and samples. One of the things you must do is listen to the lyrics of this song which are fun to listen to. The saxaphone, which is brought in later in the song makes it stand out above the rest. 6. Santeria - If you go to a party and speak to people about Sublime there is always a song that everyone knows and this has to be it. Undoubtedly one of best songs Sublime ever wrote, in my opinion I think there are some which are on the same par as this but this really is what made the band’s n
ame what it is today. A beautiful start with a really pleasant guitar solo. Again this song has great lyrics and a great video as well, although that doesn’t come with the CD. If you listen to one song by Sublime I beg you listen to this one, just listen to it please and I know you will love it. 7. Seed – A really fast pace to start the song which continues throughout which suddenly slows everyone so often and then speeds up again (there is probably a technical term for this but how am I expected to know it.) A very short song at just over two minutes, but it seems to have everything in it, including a great guitar solo. This song is a true example of Sublime exploring a slightly more heavy side to their potential. 8. Jailhouse – Another superb pace with a good story line and is a song which really shows of Bradley’s voice and the slower side of the band. This song is much longer than Seed and is nearly five minutes long. This is not the best song on the album and I expect most people would agree with that, not to say that it isn’t enjoyable, because boy it is. Again a nice little guitar solo breaks up this song and keeps the ear interested. This is probably a song that one would come more appreciative of after listening and enjoying Sublime for a while. 9. Pawn Shop – Again a much slower track and is full of amazing guitar riffs which go through the whole range of notes. You have to wait a full one and a quarter minutes for Bradley’s sweet voice to come, but it is definitely worth the wait. This is the longest song on the album coming in at just over six minutes and a keyboard is even introduced for a little fill. Furthermore there is a catchy ska riff and quite a powerful bass line played throughout the track. This song definitely focusses on the instruments rather than the vocals. 10. The shortest song on the album and also the quickest, after relaxing throughout Pawn Shop
in an almost trance-like mood, you are woken up with this powerful song with, what can only be called a Blues type feel to it. 11. The Ballad of Johnny Butt – A great track but when I heard it I was a little bit disappointed as I thought it was going to go somewhere but it doesn’t really. Apart from that if you take it for what it is, it is faultless and nice to listen to. 12. Burritos – A superb song with a nice summery feel to it. The lyrics are clever with this track as the music is really upbeat and the song is all about his laziness and how he “ain’t getting out of bed today,” not even for food or porn (crazy fool ). 13. The song starts of with a distorted guitar solo, this again is definitely one of those songs that you really come to like after you’ve listened to the albums a few times but most don’t like it when they first listen to the album as it is one of the more aggressive tracks. I have to say I love it, but then again I love all of their songs 14. Get Ready – A song about drugs, not the only one on the album but come on, it’s Sublime there’s got to be one or two. Even if you don’t agree with the lyrics, you can’t disagree with the song which is absolutely brilliant. The song really slows down the pace of the album and Bradley is once more able to show the extent of his voice. Great. 15. Caress Me Down – A great song with great guitar and bass lines, the band really explore their reggae side with this song. You might recognise this song as many other bands have played and covered it, which is quite simply because it is a great song. 16. What I Got (Reprise) – The same song as before but with a few minor changes, still I don’t mind listening to it another time and I don’t think you will either. 17. Doin’ Time – One of my favourite songs and when you listen to it,
you may not see why, but I love it, I can’t get enough. There is a great feel to this song and it really puts you in the Summer mood, until you look out of the window and realise its SNOWING Argghhh. This song really makes me think of warm beautiful weather and brings back memories of past summers. I can’t really explain why but you might feel the same way, if you get round to listening to it. Well there are the tracks, don’t forget to listen to it and some of there other stuff to. I love this album as you can probably see and I hope you get the same enjoyment out of it as I do. Sadly shortly after making this album, Bradley Nowell committed suicide on a drugs overdose. God only knows why but if only he knew how happy he made people feel with his music, including me. One of my biggest regrets is not been able to see this great band live and if you got the chance I envy you enormously. If you do like this music then the other two members of the band have formed a new band which is similar to Sublime, called Long Beach Dub Allstars so check them out. Thanks Cortex101 As always I love the feedback.
A perfect introduction to laid back California vibes Sublime were formed in 1988 by Bradley Nowell (guitar and vocals), Eric Wilson (bass) and Bud Gaugh (drums), and for the next 8 years proceeded to get taken to the hearts of the surfing fraternity in Southern California, releasing 2 albums “40 oz to Freedom” and “Robbin' the Hood” on the local Skunk Records which both sold in respectable quantities without ever making an impression outside of their local area. However this attracted the attention of MCA records who duly signed the band and recorded the sublime album which was to have major success in the US in 97. What is sad about this is that in May 96 after completing recording Bradley, the main songwriter, overdosed on heroin and was unable to see this success which means that there will be no new Sublime material although the archives have already being raided. This is a sad loss because the Sublime album showcases a writer at his peak able to play with any number of musical genres and producing memorable songs every time. The album showcases the eclectic tastes of the band taking in Hip-hop, ska, punk, dub, heavy metal, latin and mixes them to produce a unique sound, and since discovering this band earlier this year this has become one of my favourite cds which I come back to time and again. By song – Garden Grove Starts off with a gentle reggae rhythm describing their love of Jamaican music and the hardship of being in a band before going dub stylee with heavy bass and a haunting synth line proving they can play it as well. What I Got Acoustic guitar, scratching and breakbeats – is this where Beck got his ideas from? An excellent song looking at the upside of life even when you’re down at the bottom. Wrong way Ska number explaining why prostitution occurs without ever moralising Same in the End Doesn’t matter how w
e live – we’ve all got to die in the end. Musically this is punk with a ska beat in the verses, which turns into thrash in the chorus. April 29, 1992 (Miami) A song about the Rodney King riots in Miami has 2 faces like the band: the serious side makes the point that the riots weren’t about police brutality but were just an excuse for anarchy. Whilst the humorous side says that they joined in and managed to refurbish their flats and get their PA system. Musically this has a chilling guitar sound that echoes the menace in the lyrics with the odd sample to lighten the mood. Santeria Gentle reggae beat with a latin guitar hook a la Santana whilst the lyrics are about dealing retribution on someone who’s stolen their girl Seed A punk song, again ranting about an ex, whom only her parents could love. Jailhouse Cool reggae song about the Rudies standing up for themselves Pawn Shop Another reggae song, complete with massive echo for a dub feel. It details that whilst a pawn shop may be a great place to shop its some one else who’s suffering as they sell their belongings to survive. Paddle Out 1 minute 15 of thrash about the virtues of surfing. Reminds me of early Jesus and Mary Chain in that amongst all the noise you can hear a tune trying to escape The Ballard of Johnny Butt The only song where Sublime sound like white boys trying to play reggae, but don’t fret they come across like the Clash rather than late period UB40. Burritos The worst song on the cd is uptempo ska giving a slackers guide to things the band can’t be arsed to do, when all they want to do is spend all day in bed. Under my Voodoo Straight-ahead rock with a Hendrix feel, which mutates into echo dub for the 1½ minute fade out. Get Ready Get in the mood and get ready, a lazy party groove to reggae beat extolling the virtues in jamming wi
th the band and partying. Caress Me Down Pure sex – this is what Shaggy wants to be. Cool track with ragga beat and Bradley’s voice as deep as it can go. What I got (Reprise) The complete song repeated again – but I’m not complaining, as it’s a fave Doin’ Time What got me into Sublime – with a sample of Summertime a laid back song with a summer feel which ends with the death of an ex which is why he’s doin’ time. Apparently when recording this album on a good day the band would arrive with margaritas in one hand and instruments in the other and this good time feel permeates the cd. On a bad day however the band had to check to see if Bradley was still alive and I guess this comes through in some of the lyrics. The only proviso I will make is that the parental advisory sticker is well advised in that the subject matter is sometimes on the strong side and most of the songs could at best be described as fruity, moving right through the spectrum to plain coarse. So maybe not a record to play to your grandma, but Listen and enjoy it’s the beat record released in the last 5 years.
If you are looking for a laid back CD to chilli out to, Sublime’s self-titled album may be the one for you. “Sublime” is the band’s 3rd album and the one that made them “the next big” thing in the US. Sadly for the record companies (who surely wanted to cash in on their new found fame) and for the fans, this album was released four months after the lead singer Bradley Nowell’s death from a drugs overdose. So why should you buy this album… I got this record after a friend of mine who lives in Texas sent me a compilation tape with the single “What I got” on it. He’d been ranting on about it in every email he sent me and when I finally got to hear it I understood why he loved it so much. It’s a very laid back song with acoustic guitar and heavy bass line and a mixture of sung and rapped lyrics. The rapping is not at all like Dre or Eminem or famous rappers like that - it's more gentle, almost just like spoken lyrics. I love the sentiment behind the song as well: “Life is short, so love the one you got, cause you might get runover or you might get shot” It’s about living your life to the full and doing what you want to, something that really appealed to me at the time as I was going through my rebellious teenager period (I was 16 at the time). Another favourite track of mine is “Wrong Way” which is about a girl who is made to work as a prostitute by her drunk dad. There’s very heavy lyrics in this album at times, but in general it’s quite an upbeat album. Most of the tracks are ska (which I think always sounds ‘happy’ for want of a better word), some are more punk influenced and some have a lot of rap in them. It’s a bit of everything, but unlike some albums with lots of influences, it all works together. Other great tracks on the album include “Doin’ Time” which is don
e to the tune of “Summertime” and always makes me think of sitting around with friends on a warm summer’s day and “Jailhouse” which is exactly what you’d think it’s about! “Caress Me Down” is probably the rudest song I’ve ever heard on an album, EVER! All those Americans trying to sue Eminem would blow their tops if they heard this! I’ll just say one of the lyrics is “it came out, it went drip drip drip” and I think you’ll get the general idea! This album actually has the Parental Advisory label printed on the cover, so not one for the kiddies! One slight gripe is the reprise of “What I Got” which is nowhere near as good and isn’t really needed on the album. It takes the original and slows it down and slightly changes the rap around, but there doesn’t seem to have any reason for being there. Value for money is pretty high on this album. You get 17 tracks on one CD and there isn’t one I don’t like. If you are a fan of Rancid during their ska period (“…And Out Come The Wolves” for example) you’ll probably love this. As for an English band to compare them to, I can’t really find one! They are probably closest to a laid-back Specials but Sublime are a typically Californian ska band. This is definitely a “summer” album. To sample it at it’s best, listen while drinking a long cool drink on a hot summer’s day. You won’t be disappointed. If you’d like to sample “Sublime” before you shell out your hard-earned pennies, you can listen to excepts at http://sublime.sonicnet.com
Telling by the way ska-punk seems to be making splashes in the music industry, I am compelled to write this review for the good of all ska fans. First thing I must make clear if you're going to purchase "Sublime" don't expect a less than jake record, Sublime go for a more Ska sound with a sniffter of punk, while Less thean jake have a punk sound with lashings of ska. Now that we've got that out of the way this is one of the best sublime records it is much more accesable than "Robbin' The Hood" or "40 oz. To Freedom" the Cd has got a damn good catchy style that grabs your brain and infests it. Stand out tracks are "Wrong Way", "Seed", "Same In The End" and "Santeria", basically the songs are like Bob Marley meets Black Flag (wow, what a meeting!). So on a last note I say purchase the rcord if you have taste, If not but it anyway.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Garden Grove
2 What I Got
3 Wrong Way
4 Same In The End
5 April 29 1992 (Miami)
9 Pawn Shop
10 Paddle Out
11 Ballad Of Johnny Butt
13 Under My Voodoo
14 Get Ready
15 Caress Me Down
16 What I Got
17 Doin' Time