Hailing from Long Beach, California – SUBLIME was an American PUNK/SKA that formed in 1988 with members BRADLEY NOWELL (vocals/guitar), BUD GAUGH (drums/percussion), ERIC WILSON (bass guitar) and LOU DOG (Nowell’s dalmatian who was the mascot of the band). They disbanded in 1996 after the death of BRADLEY NOWELL, who at 28, died of a Heroin overdose. He was married to TROY DENDEKKER and had a son in 1995, named JAKOB JAMES NOWELL. Yesterday, he would have been 43 years old.
SUBLIME released four studio albums, one live album, five compilation albums, three EPs and one box set. Their debut album 40 OZ. TO FREEDOM was released in 1992. Despite have a big following in the United States, it wasn’t until 1996 that they received mainstream success with their self-titled third album, released shortly after Nowell’s death. It peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200 and highlighted the single “What I Got” (the only hit single from the band).
A very sad loss, right at the brink of their career. I was first put on to SUBLIME in High School by my friend SUZY who blasted that 40 OZ. TO FREEDOM everyday after-school. Hearing it now brings back great memories…being 14 and feeling misunderstood, yet on top of the world.
Every time I hear TRAVIE MCCOY and BRUNO MARS “BILLIONAIRE” intro I think of the intro to “SANTERIA”…maybe they were inspired. What do you think?
“WHAT I GOT”
“WRONG WAY” (Starring Bijou Phillips)