Tailgating with Slightly Stoopid

By: Andrew Bruss

Slightly Stoopid
For Miles Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals) and Kyle McDonald (guitar, bass, vocals), founders of Slightly Stoopid, the drop of any one album or any single tour might not be seen as such a big deal. But, on the heels of their latest record, Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid (released July 22 on Stoopid Records), they've decided to hit the road with their Hawaiian cohorts, Pepper and reggae legends Sly & Robbie, a feat, that even within the parameters of their lifelong journey, is worthy of appreciating in a whole new light. For a group of 17-year-old guys from Southern California stewarded by Sublime's Brad Nowell, they've gone from obscurity to a level of success that literally draws thousands of people to pre-game every performance. McDonald even made a point of saying, "If you're coming to a show without some chronic, that's a big mistake."

Plenty of kids from Southern California skateboard, smoke pot and try to start a band, but few have taken things as far as Slightly Stoopid. After grabbing his pipe and a lighter, McDonald described the birth of his band, "I came out sideways, out my mom's thing, and it started from there. They had trouble getting me out, so from there, it's been pretty dumb, and pretty stupid."

All joking aside, McDonald and Doughty have been friends since they were in diapers due to the friendship of their mothers. The two grew up together, got in trouble together, went to school together and started playing music together. While many bands treat members like they're expendable in an ever-changing lineup, Slightly Stoopid has kept the core of their lineup the same since the start. Doughty cites the family vibe they all feel as a reason for having kept things so tight.

Slightly Stoopid
"We've had different drummers, but me and Kyle are pretty much brothers. We've been friends for 29 years, so you know, jamming with all your best friends and brothers," says Doughty, "it doesn't get better than that."

Still, for anyone with a bigger brother, it's no secret that the bond of brotherly love is often far from conflict-free.

"Oh hell yeah [we fight], we're not going to claim to be perfect super humans," says Doughty. "People fight. That's just part of the way the world works. Like, when you're in bed with your girlfriend, do you fuck better after you fight, or do you fuck better before you fight? Afterwards! The shit's more meaningful."

Around the time the two started getting the group together, Brad Nowell took note, and made a point of taking them under his wing. Reflecting on it McDonald says, "We didn't get signed. A lot of people think Brad Nowell signed us, but he just said to his sound guy, 'Go record these guys.' There was no signing. It was just an honor for us, because the guys in Sublime are gods. Brad was a God."

Kyle McDonald
As fate may have it, Slightly Stoopid released their first, self-titled album right around the time of Nowell's untimely death, an event that seems to have left its mark on both McDonald and Doughty. "I think he passed away way before his time," McDonald says. "He had a lot of great stuff he still had in him." Doughty adds, "We were huge fans of Sublime, and it sucked that their career, and his life, was cut short, but their music was timeless. For us, even that style staying alive is important for music, and Brad would want it that way. It just sucks that he's not around to give us more than he did, because the stuff he put out is incredible."

Their sound and style has been compared to Sublime by more than one critic, and given their roots, the comparison makes perfect sense. But, after the fall of their mentor, Slightly Stoopid moved on, and began making a name for themselves on the national market. Both McDonald and Doughty attribute their success to hard work and touring.

"The key to being successful is having to bust your ass on the road. When you go out there, when you first start, nobody's going to be there because nobody is going to know who you are," Doughty says. "But, when you play those shows, those security guards and bartenders, they go and tell their friends, and that's kind of how it starts. Each show gets bigger and bigger, but the most important thing is literally hitting up towns over and over again and staying on the road."

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I think our biggest strength is the live show. Our CD sells fine. We sell about 100,000 of each record, and that's fine. If 100,000 people bought the record, three other guys burned it, so that's like 300,000 people listening to it. As long as the music gets out there, the shows get bigger and bigger.

-Miles Doughty

 
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Without a care for radio play or screen time on MTV, McDonald drove his partner's point home, saying, "[What's helped us the most has been our] relentless hard work and traveling and not going to college, just skipping it and heading onto the road since we were 16 and just playing gigs ever since then. The fans, I mean, we've made a lot of friends over the years at shows, and a lot of those friends come back year after year after year."

Slightly Stoopid
"I think we have some of the most awesome fans there are," Doughty adds. "They're always adamant about pushing Slightly Stoopid to everybody, which is cool, because it's like having a voice behind the music."

For a record industry that seems to be in a death spiral, many artists and industry insiders have great cause for concern about how file sharing will affect their livelihood, but Slightly Stoopid isn't worried.

"I think our biggest strength is the live show," Doughty says. "Our CD sells fine. We sell about 100,000 of each record, and that's fine. If 100,000 people bought the record, three other guys burned it, so that's like 300,000 people listening to it. As long as the music gets out there, the shows get bigger and bigger."

When asked how he feels about a concert attendee who downloaded the album without paying for it, he says, "I don't feel ripped off because he's at the show, and he's telling his friends, 'Yo, check out this band.' It's a digital world and people are going to download it anyways. You can't get upset because now you have a new fan and he's going to buy one more ticket to the show. That's just one more crazy motherfucker at the gig."

As for the role Slightly Stoopid plays in a changing industry, it seems as though the group itself barely feels the changes.

Slightly Stoopid
"Honestly, I think we're outside of what the industry is dealing with. We've been independent for so long, that everything is working for us," Doughty notes. "We're not on a label that has to cut back because we've always been independent. We've never had a crazy overstock of shit we don't need. It's all about putting out music the way we've been doing it, and I don't see us changing our ways, because that's what Slightly Stoopid is all about."

"I don't deal with [the] politics [of the industry]. I deal with music," says McDonald. "My manager deals with booking shows, and I deal with music. If there's a complication that I don't agree with we work it out."

There's no question the stakes are gradually rising for Slightly Stoopid. Their name is getting recognized more and more on the national level, their ability to draw a crowd is intensifying and, even in a time when gas is pricey and "service charges" are keeping many fans at home, their current level of success is amazing. For McDonald, the fact that two of reggae's most influential musicians are playing with them this summer has helped verify their growing status. "I haven't met Sly & Robbie, and I'm looking forward to it. They pretty much invented how reggae is done, so it's a little weird," he says. "It's going to be crazy to go out with them. It will definitely be a humbling experience. I don't like that we're headlining. I'd rather go on before them."

So what can a stranger to the Slightly Stoopid experience expect at their shows?

"It's a little bit of Southern California love with some booty shaking music and some madness," offers Doughty. "A lot of people might get detoured by the name and aren't sure what to expect, but once you give it a listen, there's going to be something on there you're down to listen to. I want to be remembered as the band that put a smile on your face, and always creates good music and likes to have a good time."

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rjd999 Thu 8/7/2008 06:12PM
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chidodger Thu 8/7/2008 06:43PM
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chidodger

These guys are great. First saw them 5 years ago with pepper at the HOB in chicago on easter sunday, it was a killer show. They were the best act on saturday at Rothbury this year. Hope they come back thru chicago again soon.

voodoochili12 starstarstar Thu 8/7/2008 06:58PM
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Slightly Stoopid is for people that wear flat-brimmed hats.

groovatronics starstarstarstar Thu 8/7/2008 07:09PM
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yes voodoo, that is true, but more importantly, wutthefuk is "heatey"?

i hope that isn't some east coast way of spelling heady.

and whatever you think of them, slightly stoopid's sound cannot be denied. closer to the sun is a great album, even if i've been forced to listen to it over and over and over all night while drunk kids sing out all the lyrics they know.

msudtg Thu 8/7/2008 08:11PM
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msudtg

I like some of their albums... chroncitis was heatey, (its a new way to say heady i've heard)But their live show, which is supposed to be what they are about is kinda boring, I saw them at 10klf, missed the rothbury show so I have only seen them once. But the vocals were poor at best and they never got into much of a groove like a lot of their albums, but played a lot of punk stuff. Its not the genre I am complaining about but rather how they played it. That is why so many people left that show, maybe they didn't bring it and weren't heatey on that day... even though I know I will get negative votes, because people cant have an open debate or anything on Jambase, but they weren't that great live. But I will see them again, if it is cheap, to give them another shot. Maybe its because minneapolis has great punk and I am just spoiled, I dunno. What do yall think about their live show, is it heatey?

BlackFly starstarstarstar Thu 8/7/2008 09:11PM
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BlackFly

Slightly Stoopid is great - First saw them in steamboat, co 04' - burned one backstage - some of the coolest, down to earth guys. I wish i could tour with them - all their albums rock they're acoustic reggae is some of the best around. Saw the show at rothbury too - trippen my ass off!!! what a grea f**kin time! & MY HAT ISNT FLAT BRIMMED. see you @ the next chicago show

ZANK Fri 8/8/2008 03:24AM
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ZANK

RED ROCKS is gonna be sweet

im so excited

Muffinman1 Fri 8/8/2008 05:00AM
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Muffinman1

The "Live & Direct" acoustic album is awsome. But they don't do it for me live. But keep doing your thing guys, cuz I know a lot of people who love these dudes.

NICU1985 Fri 8/8/2008 06:25AM
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NICU1985

Surf is totally up...bra.

smackinthecrispies Fri 8/8/2008 07:04AM
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smackinthecrispies

Slightly Stoopid's best album, in my opinion is the Acoustic Roots "Live and Direct" album. Whenever I'm having a bad day, I pop that "heatey" in and everything is alright. Trust me, download it today, AWESOME record that everyone should own.

And no Slightly Stoopid is NOT only for flat brimmed hats you D-bag, stop hatin' and open your mind.

GratefulHokie starstarstarstar Fri 8/8/2008 07:04AM
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GratefulHokie

Never caught these guys live but would love to. Been paying attention to them since about 2006 and recently picked up their newest "Slightly not stoned enough to eat breakfast yet stoopid" which is a great album. Overall better than "Chronicitis" IMO.

When you can't have "40 oz." this is hands down the next best thing.

SOAM84 Fri 8/8/2008 07:33AM
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chidodger Fri 8/8/2008 07:49AM
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chidodger

Cock Rock? please, your an idoit Soam84.

chidodger Fri 8/8/2008 07:50AM
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chidodger

and quit acting like you ever took Limp Bizkit out of your rotation, hater.

SOAM84 Fri 8/8/2008 08:18AM
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yeah says the guy defending slightly stoopid...awesome

moeron99 starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/8/2008 08:39AM
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Just picked up the new cd last night and love it already. There's actually a sweet renedition of Know You Rider on the album which suprised me. I'm from kentucky and my cousin from california introduced me to the band last year and i've been hooked ever since. Caught them in nashville last year with Fishbone and thought it was great. Never been to a show where more herb was smoked on stage or by the audience. Crazy stuff. And for voodoochili12's comment about the flat bill hat, way off dude. Everyone I've introduced the band to in the south loves them and our bills are as curved as it gets.

moephishH2O Fri 8/8/2008 08:48AM
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moephishH2O

just got 2 free tix to tonight's show in Eugene. I'll check them out.

PooDolla Fri 8/8/2008 09:13AM
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PooDolla

NICU185, you wish you could surf. How are the waves in Philly?

PooDolla Fri 8/8/2008 09:16AM
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PooDolla

Surfing is hard. Don't try it.

Chaloupka Fri 8/8/2008 10:03AM
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Chaloupka

Thinkin of checkin out their Red Rocks show.

shroom013 Fri 8/8/2008 10:30AM
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nothing is more interesting than the thoughts of retarded suburban white guys.

PooDolla Fri 8/8/2008 10:31AM
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PooDolla

These guys are from Ocean Beach which is hardly suburban. Nice try though.

iwantstogetfunkedup Fri 8/8/2008 10:38AM
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Can we all stop using the word "heatey"?! Agreed. Ok good

smackinthecrispies Fri 8/8/2008 10:57AM
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smackinthecrispies

Surfing is pure Freedom and everyone should try it.

PooDolla Fri 8/8/2008 11:14AM
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PooDolla

everydayuwantmore, I don't know how it is in North Carolina but we already have too many kooks out in the water here in California. I guess if you are going to try it, go to a beach where there is noone else out. There are too many people that try to learn to surf at a crowded break and at that point they become a danger to both themselves and everyone else in the lineup.

uptownjesus starstarstarstar Fri 8/8/2008 11:28AM
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uptownjesus Fri 8/8/2008 11:28AM
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Have a nice day everyone!

chidodger Fri 8/8/2008 11:43AM
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chidodger

Shroom......what's your beef with suburban "white" guys?

smackinthecrispies Fri 8/8/2008 11:49AM
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smackinthecrispies

PooDolla Ova you-

Agreed, their are just as many kooks down here, and they only come out when we have good waves....which is maybe 40% of the year. So efing mindblowing. I for a second thought you might have been using a "scare tactic" to keep all the Blue Crush wanna be's out of the water.

shroom013 Fri 8/8/2008 12:11PM
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it's a sheltered existence, i know cause i was raised in the burbs in kansas city. the last 5 years ive rambled from georgia to colorado and back. it was beutiful. now i live in the "ghetto" on the paseo in kansas city, wouldnt trade it for the suburbs, a million bucks, and a blow job from angelina jolie.

allthink Fri 8/8/2008 12:38PM
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allthink

A blow from Angelina Jolie...come on, yes you would...

PooDolla Fri 8/8/2008 01:05PM
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PooDolla

everydayuwantmore, there are bumper stickers that say, "Surfing is hard, don't try it!" because the lineups are too crowded. Surfing is amazing though. It changed my life. No joke. Getting barrelled is like sex.

smackinthecrispies Fri 8/8/2008 01:20PM
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smackinthecrispies

Poodolla,

Are you serious? Hah that's an efing riot. I might have to start that movement ova here. Yeah no joke on getting baraelled, I think it's better than holding in a piss for 2 hours and finally being able to release.

PooDolla Fri 8/8/2008 01:42PM
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PooDolla

Yeah man start it up. Neptune's Blessings!!!

chidodger Fri 8/8/2008 01:51PM
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chidodger

Dude, Kansas City is hardly even a "city". I'm in the west subs of Chicago(Forest Park), and after being to KC quite a few times in my life, I feel safe saying that you live in one of the "Whitest" citys in the usa. That KC ghetto line is classic, though. Also, you sound like a total asshole, fyi.

jwbp Fri 8/8/2008 03:55PM
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slightly stoopid totally sucks.

shroom013 Fri 8/8/2008 04:00PM
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chidodger- one of the whitest citys c'mon, youve probably only been in the burbs dipshit. also don't knock my city or atleast admit our barbeque kicks ass. you are slightly stoopid

Climb Captain Fantasy Fri 8/8/2008 04:34PM
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laxma13951 Sat 8/9/2008 07:27AM
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moe. is nothing like ss. I bet you have no problem at all staying loose. I might say that if you like ss, you probably like sublime. Or, if you like moe, you'll probably enjoy umphreys.

boogievan starstarstarstar Sat 8/9/2008 11:40AM
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boogievan

Slightly Stoopid does something for everyone. Rock, Jam, Reggae, Dub and Punk. Their live shows are off the hook and its nothing but good times for everyone. My brim is curved, "heatey" is an awful saying, and if you dont want to have a good time, stay home and listen to ani defrarnco. PEACE

Lord-K. Sat 8/9/2008 01:03PM
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Lord-K.

See I like Moe. but really don't like umphreys. I don' like Slightly Stupid either. I must suck.

PunkJazz Sat 8/9/2008 07:02PM
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PunkJazz

are those bowling balls or no2 balloons?

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Sun 8/10/2008 12:37PM
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pornofunk

hey bro wheres my budlight...

Jeff Kash Sun 8/10/2008 06:15PM
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Jeff Kash

I don't know which band sucks more, moe. or Slightly Stoopid.

tgratefulapple Mon 8/11/2008 03:33AM
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tgratefulapple

if you have bisco in yur name, then you probaly shouldnt be tellin people what sucks and what doesnt

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/11/2008 04:14AM
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‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›      {¬¿¬}

I like chronchitus and closer to the sun.. those are pretty good albums.

Closer to the sun is a better one.. its less POP sounding. and more reggae.

anyway.. I enjoy the albums pretty well. but I have never seen them LIVE..

anatrip starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/11/2008 09:39AM
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anatrip

anyone dissing on moe has never seen them live

chidodger Mon 8/11/2008 02:04PM
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chidodger

None of these bands mentioned blow as bad as MY MORING JACKET. It's alright, though, they're 15minutes will last a little longer than Matisyahoo.

iwantstogetfunkedup Mon 8/11/2008 05:04PM
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^^ My Morning Jacket is heads above any of the bands mentioned above including the band in this article! And the 15 minutes comment is retarded seeing as they've been a band for a long time now. Nice try though

D-o-u-G-L-a-S D starstarstar Mon 8/11/2008 08:57PM
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I saw Slightly Stoopid in 2003 or 2004 on the "Sprite Remix tour" in Charlotte, NC. I only went cause the Roots were headlining and they ended up being a no-show. Weak. Anyways, SS weren't that good. Haven't heard them or heard of them again til now. Oh but Robert Randolph and the Family Band tore down the house right after them.

garbaz starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/12/2008 06:53AM
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I just worked with these guys in Vegas and Southern Cali and have Red Rocks in a couple of days.

Yeah, if you dig Sublime, you would dig this band. That is true. They mix ska and reggae and pop sensabilities, but unlike what I know of Sublime, they jam ... 2 percussionists and talented instrumentalists ... more jam band than the 'lime.

SS actually have respect from reggae legends ... for example Burning Spear LOVES Stoopid.

On the personal side, they are great guys, great crew ... simply a pleasure to work with. They were really cool with letting mix (i mix live feeds and graphics/film on the fly for I-mag video) from a "vibe" ... I felt the vibe and was put at ease immediately.

This vibe translates to their fans. SS shares the experience of the show with the audience, almost like they are playing WITH the crowd instead of FOR the crowd or AT the crowd. And the atmosphere is electric. The 3 shows I did at the Hard Rock in Vegas, Costa Mesa and Santa Barbara Bowl ... all sold out. Big crowd responses.

Sly and Robbie and Pepper make it a compelte bill, killin' it as the sun goes down.

Instead of ending this schpeal with "don't be stoopid and come out etc etc" I just wanna be real and say I feel fortunate to meet, work and party with such cool people.

Can't wait for Red Rocks!!!

Jeff Kash Tue 8/12/2008 02:52PM
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Jeff Kash

When will these assholes learn to bend their hats?

Groovephunkster Tue 8/12/2008 10:18PM
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Hmmmm.....Ok, so I guess I need to give these guys more of a listen, because after hundreds of shows all over the country, Bonaroo's, Jamcruises, all the Langerado's except one, Slightly Stoopid's Jan.'06 show in St.Pete, FL is the ONLY show I have ever walked out of as soon as it began. The vibe was immediately negative, with whaddya know, a huge brawl towards the end(my bud was in it)between the danked-out cool kids at right stage and the reggie-wacked punks on the left. What side are you on? Whatever the case, the most important place to spend your greenbacks at the local live music level, to help support your buds and peeps struggling to get gas money to get out on a regional tour. If there's no support on this level, there's no Slightly Stoopid's. Peace.

gr8deadphish Wed 8/13/2008 12:39PM
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go back to the valley

phanatic2 starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/19/2008 09:36AM
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Slightly Stoopid is OK, been bumpin them on my radio show since last year. Jacket and moe are on top pf their game at this point in there careers. Moe has been on the road for almost 20 yrs! I love seeing all the people hating on here about a good organic band like moe or SS, then when they have a shitty band like sts9 in there favorite bands list is beyond me. Maybe they have taken too much L, lay off the chemicals and unplug your synthesizer

MutilatedLips Tue 8/19/2008 10:22AM
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MutilatedLips

I do really like their Acoustic Roots album, but just cant get into the rest of there stuff. I missed most of their set when I saw them with G-love last year, but I wasnt blown away by what I saw.

PCPrabbit Wed 9/3/2008 07:02AM
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PCPrabbit

alls i'll say as a former die-hard fan (cause i was 16 when live and direct came out) is kyle (bass) is pretty legit. he can sing/rap/guitar/bass pretty damn well. miles (guitar) is another story. i dunno what happened with him but i don't think he got the memo that singing all whiny and saying "betta-watch-out" in a faux patois accent isn't cool. also the fact that they can't seem to hold down one drummer is a little questionable. eh.

stoopidmike1 starstarstarstar Thu 9/18/2008 08:51PM
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The very 1st comment up top is totally fabricated. Im a huge stoopidhead, and to say they are a sublime knockoff is very disrespectful. They've surpassed sublime, and thats coming from me, who considers sublime my top group who in fact turned me on to stoopid in the late 90's. And to give props to "the bassist",thats a joke because both kyle AND miles play bass in the group.I registered to this site just so I could make this comment!

realtybreckenridge starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 02:28PM
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realtybreckenridge

These guys are great