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Sublime

Sublime

1996

Sublime
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Sublime is the self-titled third studio album by American ska punk band Sublime. Produced by Paul Leary and David Kahne, the album was released on July 30, 1996, in the United States by MCA Records. Sublime formed in 1988 in Long Beach, California by vocalist/guitarist Bradley Nowell, bassist Eric Wilson, and drummer Bud Gaugh. The trio toured heavily from their inception while developing their sound. Their first studio release—40 Oz. to Freedom (1992)—featured the single "Date Rape", which attracted heavy airplay in Southern California. MCA signed the band and distributed their second independent album, Robbin' the Hood, in 1994. By the time it came to record their major label debut, Nowell had been struggling with a heroin addiction. Sublime was recorded over a period of three months in Austin, Texas, in sessions characterized by heavy drug use and raucous partying. The album's musical style contains elements of punk rock, reggae, and ska, as well as dancehall, hip hop, and dub music, with tempos ranging wildly. Nowell's lyrical subject matter relates to relationships, prostitution, riots, and addiction. Nowell had been ejected from the recording near its completion. Nowell died due to a heroin overdose in May 1996, just two months prior to the band's major album release, which led to the band's dissolution. Bolstered by numerous hit singles, among them "What I Got", "Santeria", and "Wrong Way", the record proved to be enormously successful, despite the band being defunct and thus not able to promote the album through touring. It sold over five million copies in the United States by the end of the decade, and it continues to be a popular catalog album. The album was released during the third wave ska peak, and etched Sublime into a permanent place among the stars of the 1990s. Critical reviews were positive, praising Nowell's songwriting ability and the album's musical variety. Sublime has since been listed as one of the most well-regarded albums of the 1990s by Spin and Rolling Stone.

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3.34

Votes

65

Genres

  • Reggae
  • Punk

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Tue Mar 05 2024
5

How was this not already on the list?

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Tue Mar 05 2024
5

This would have been an entry of mine if I was allowed 3, so glad to see it make the list either way!

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Tue Mar 05 2024
5

This is one of the biggest failures of the list. How could they not include Sublime? Their absolutely perfect blend of punk, hip hop, and reggae; their hits that still get attention today; the tragic story of Bradley; it should be a foregone conclusion that this belongs on the list. Maybe it is my bias as a Californian? Is Sublime just not as big of a thing outside of their home state? I genuinely am baffled how this isn't included.

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Tue Mar 05 2024
5

Caress Me Down, What I Got, and Doin' Time are some of the best songs of the '90s, no doubt. This CD made the rounds in my middle school when it came out. I remember having a taped copy of it because my friend let me borrow his CD. All-time great and takes me back right to my friends in middle school and the memories of adolescence (and not truly understanding all the lyrics back then) :D

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Wed Mar 13 2024
5

This album has and will always kick major ass

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Thu Mar 07 2024
4

The disjunction ends up delicious. Reading notes has you expecting ska from the jump, and when it finally arrives it's hardly the encouraging stuff worth pressing play for. Santeria has just enough name-unrecognition to sneak into my ears, and the album capitalizes in simply musical music. There's a middle stretch of diminished strength, but that's diminished from mighty.

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Fri Mar 08 2024
4

Though I don't really believe in guilty pleasures, this might be mine. Not a perfect album by any means, but surely worth inclusion on the list. Some of the lyrics are cringey, but the combination of genres works for me. An undeniable part of the soundtrack to my high school years.

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Wed Mar 13 2024
4

This album takes me back to being a chilled out freshman in high school. I still expect to hear “I can play the guitar like a mother mother riot” in the explicit version. In this albums peak my first girlfriend got me 40oz of Freedom (shout out Pam, a real one). That album gave me feeling of low commitment rebelliousness.

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Wed Mar 13 2024
4

This is what the 90s felt like

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Fri Mar 15 2024
4

8/10. Has a handful of hits that make up for some of the weaker numbers (Pawn Shop dragggged on). And considering the main list's shortcomings in terms of ska and reggae, this was a refreshing listen

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Sat Mar 23 2024
4

Better than I expected. I didn't know the story about this band or the singer, very sad that he died so young. 4 stars.

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Sun Mar 24 2024
4

Nice record. Not a big fan, but should have been in the list 100%. Instead of some Bob Dylan bullsh*t for example.

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Sat Mar 30 2024
4

That album screams 90's guitar-rock/pop/ska/whatever

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Sun Apr 07 2024
4

Not what I expected! (Better)

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Thu Mar 07 2024
3

I like Ska, though I don't choose to listen to it a lot, but I've long felt like it is a kind of limited (and limiting) genre. The added punk flavoring and laid back California thing helps it break out of that mold a bit. A lot of the lyrics are pretty puerile and the political-ish stuff is laughable but it does that punk trick of refusing to wear out its welcome, and overall it lands.

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Fri Mar 08 2024
3

My main roommate in college absolutely loved Sublime. And by love I mean he played Sublime and this album maybe 90% of the time at his desk when listening to music. So that was my introduction to it. It's not bad, but it's peak 90s skate/surfer reggae-stoner music. Ironically my roommate did not smoke weed.

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Sat Mar 16 2024
3

I liked the ska songs, but the more 'punky' ones were lacking something

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Mon Apr 22 2024
3

I knew this bandname, but never heared a single note. Although it has that ska vibe I still enjoyed it because of all the styles they blended it with.

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Fri Mar 08 2024
2

Band and album from the second division of that crossover of genres that led the music of much of the 90s. Even Fishbone's albums have stood the test of time better

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Tue May 21 2024
5

Nostalgic, grew up in OC CA and everyone no matter their musical tastes had this CD in their car visor.

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Sat May 04 2024
4

Sublime's Sublime might fall a tad short of being sublime, but is it certainly very solid. 4 1/2 stars if the system would allow it.

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Mon Apr 29 2024
3

Forgot how many classics originated from this one LP until they kept coming one after the other. The band’s distinctive reggae-punk fusion is at its peak here, infectious and melodic as a sense of carefree wonder meets some heavier instrumentals. You know it’s an effective blend when my father (your standard white dude) feels compelled to belt out ‘Santeria’ every time it comes on rock radio in the car. The highs are definitely high here, but given its runtime the LP does drag a bit later on as not all of the tracks can sustain the wildly impressive first half. Still a great album though, and a worthy addition that should be on the official 1001 if we’re being honest

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Mon Apr 22 2024
2

This literally doesn't tickle any of my bones.

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