Formed in as a garage punk band, Sublime rose to fame in the mid-'90s on the back of the California punk explosion engendered by Green Day and the Offspring , though Sublime boosted their punk influences with heavy elements of reggae and ska. The band released only two albums during its first seven years, and finally found mainstream success with a self-titled release in It proved to be Sublime 's last proper album, however, as lead singer Brad Nowell died in May , just two months before the record's release.
The SoCal band that reinvented reggae also came with their own share of problems
The Critical Divide finds Philip Cosores examining a different musical act each month, toiling with why an audience might embrace a band that experts are quick to dismiss, or vice versa. This month, we look at Long Beach trio Sublime, in honor of the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut. Beyond that, the similarities between Cobain and Nowell are slim. Both were heroin addicts, and both saw the drug contribute heavily to their eventual downfall. Among their many differences, though, is the critical esteem Cobain holds in comparison to Nowell. Cobain is immortalized by fans and critics alike as a poet, an artist, even a musical genius. The tragedy of the band has been well-publicized, but the circumstances still sound scripted in their sadness. Tragically, it was a week after he got married, and a one-year-old son was left behind.
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T he story of Sublime is full of sad, strange twists, but this is perhaps the strangest: Since frontman Brad Nowell overdosed before his band became a phenomenon, before he had a chance to become a bona fide rock star, his death has been oddly free of the mythic impact of so many rock star flameouts. Bradley Nowell died on May 25, , in a San Francisco hotel room, after shooting up some heroin that was much more potent than the brown Mexican tar he was used to. At least a boxful. And that was only the beginning. Throughout , Sublime produced hit after hit, and the album has sold more than 2 million copies to date.
Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California , formed in Lou Dog, Nowell's dalmatian , was the mascot of the band. Nowell died of a heroin overdose in , resulting in Sublime's breakup. Sublime released three studio albums , one live album , five compilation albums one of which also contains never-before released material , three EPs , and one box set. Although their first two albums— 40oz. As of , the band has sold over 17 million albums worldwide,  including about 10 million in the U. In , the surviving members attempted to reform the band with Rome Ramirez , a young guitarist and admitted Sublime fan from California.