Slightly Stoopid | 12.06.08 | Hollywood

Words by: Greg Caruso | Images by: Paul Huynh

Slightly Stoopid :: 12.06.08 :: Hollywood Palladium :: Los Angeles, CA

Slightly Stoopid :: 12.06 :: L.A.
Though the event was sold out, the Hollywood Palladium show certainly didn't feel that way upon walking in. Granted, the massive crowd exiting after Bad Brains' set may have been why, but brings up the question of who was the more important act to see, the original lineup of a groundbreaking '80s punk group or the reggae-punk sounds of a faded stoner act? By the end of the evening the answer wasn't that clear.

Seeing ecstatic punk types exiting the Palladium, clearly there only for Bad Brains, gave the impression that they'd performed up to their standards. Having heard them only from the outside, it sounded like things went well. As we entered, it seemed like a bit of a time-warp back to 1996, complete with a DJ spinning Sublime and Bob Marley and the waft of pungent chronic in the air. This being my first time to the Palladium since it's reopening, I felt inclined to roam around and see what may have changed. New paint, carpet and chandeliers were all in place along the main corridor, outside ring and upstairs sections of the venue. A new movable stage seemed completed and the sound system was beefed up a bit. Thankfully, the changes didn't diminish the old time feel of the historic establishment.

As the DJ finally stopped the monotony of his playlist, he introduced Slightly Stoopid to a rousing round of applause from the crowd. Opening up with "London Dub" off of their most recent release Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid, the band seemed ready to show off their prowess with laid-back dub, reggae and punk sounds. Shuffling through tracks spanning their decade-plus career, and bringing out guests from Israel Vibration, it became more and more apparent that even though the band is filled with exceptional musicians, they can seem a bit directionless at times. At certain points, they would lay down impressive grooves that were totally open to expansion, but just never took advantage of them, which in turn let them just fall flat at the end.

Slightly Stoopid :: 12.06 :: L.A.
The crowd, given a shout out by singer Miles Doughty, seemed to stem mostly from San Diego. The floor section was where there were the most lively fans, but it seemed like around the ring and upstairs folks were mainly there to see the guys perform live, get stoned and leave. As the band laid into harder punk-laden songs, mosh-pits started to form, only to peter out as failed attempts. It was just another example of the band being excellent players but just not knowing where to take their music or the crowd. Although certain moments failed to reach blastoff, selections such as "Closer to the Sun," "Digital" and "Till it Gets Wet" all came off as exceptional.

Slightly Stoopid make damn fine records with upbeat reggae grooves and a smoked out vibe. One assumes they will continue to grow in the studio, but with a live show that never seemed to match the quality of what's on wax, more seasoned fans may decide to get Stoopid on the couch instead.

12.06.08 :: Hollywood Palladium :: Los Angeles, CA
London Dub, Sensi, 2 Little 2 Late, Breakdown, Dem Fruits, Digital, Mellow Mood, Babylon is Fallin Punk Stylee, 2am, Closer, Till it Gets Wet, Operation, Ocean, Jet Plane, If This World, Anywhere I Go, UB40, Train, OG Metal

Check out JamBase's exclusive feature/interview with Slightly Stoopid here.

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RichardHaley Wed 12/17/2008 03:06PM
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I'm not even really a Slightly Stoopid fan, but man, that song in the article is pretty damn good. I dig the 2-minute dub out at the end.

ClaysTribe star Wed 12/17/2008 04:19PM
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maybe your slight stupid?

get it?



PooDolla Wed 12/17/2008 05:20PM
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Bro.. Slightly Stupid like rules gnarly!!!

Justin Gillett Wed 12/17/2008 05:35PM
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Justin Gillett

Ohh ya Bra, I remember seeing these guys at Vegose 05. They totally stole the festy!!!

PooDolla Wed 12/17/2008 06:49PM
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Yeah bro, thet totally shredded like so crazy dude. They are like the most irie shit bro. I like to cruise aroind Enci and jam Slighly Stupid when I checking the surf at Cardiff bro. Stellar bro.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/17/2008 09:40PM
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man thats a nutty review.....sounds like they just need to work on their live act.... keep the good work up Bro!

URTH2URTH starstarstarstar Thu 12/18/2008 05:01AM
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never saw them live, but bought their newest album. its like 22 tracks, i would say there are 6 or 7 excellent songs, a couple decent ones, the rest is just filler. they should have condensed it down to half its size i think. sounds like their live show is like their newest CD. talented band but sort of hit or miss.

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closer to the sun, and chronchitus are both veryyyy good albums.

I dig it!

I admit, in the live setting, not being able to skip the punk tunes would at the very least; send me to the bathroom!

GeorgieP Thu 12/18/2008 05:48AM
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"Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid"

Someone had to have been on PCP when they came up with that album title.

chidodger Thu 12/18/2008 07:15AM
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I'v been a fan of these guys for quite some time, and I for one feel that thier studio albums are progressivly getting worse, however, I'v seen them about 6 or 7 times in the last 5 years, and they're live show keeps getting better. Album wise, they havn't done anything too good since Everything you need. They tore it up last summer at Rothbury as well.

beybebe Thu 12/18/2008 07:50AM
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chidodger has it for the most part but i think while their albums have got worse ("Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Stoopid" is a bad title and even worse album) their live shows have gone away from what hit me the first time i saw them. And the trumpet player is as corny as it gets and the 100 pot references a show gets way, way old.

chidodger Thu 12/18/2008 08:59AM
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I must say, I love the switch off of guitar and bass during the shows, and I'm a former highschool ska music addict, so I for one love the horns section. I will agree with you that if they're shows start on a upbeat high note, and the crowd gets into it right away, you'll get a great performance out of it, but I'v also seen them when they've started out slow and the show just never picked up.

MaSonDiego star Thu 12/18/2008 08:59AM
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The writer missed Bad Brains. This story is useless because of that. He's (writer) more than Slighty Stupid for that. It's totally retarded! If I ran Jambase, that would be a fireable offense!

krizaster star Thu 12/18/2008 11:20AM
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^^ I agree...when Bad Brains are opening you don't miss it! This sounds like it was more of a duel headliner show and you missed half. I'd be pissed too! Its been about 5 years since I've seen Slightly Stoopid, maybe they've changed alot but I thought they always put on good show (though I like the punk songs). I haven't heard much since "All You Need"

Jahvision starstarstar Thu 12/18/2008 11:24AM
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no review of Bad Brains...what songs did the members of Israel Vibration sing in...How many members of IV were there...Was it Apple? I heard he was homeless.

Bryan24 Thu 12/18/2008 11:36AM
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I never got into these guys. i don't know if i dig the whole "try to sound like sublime sound". sublime is amazing and they can't be duplicated.

jwbp star Thu 12/18/2008 12:13PM
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slightly stoopid = over.

chidodger Thu 12/18/2008 12:44PM
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Actually, Stoopid has been around since before Sublime hit it big about 10 years ago. If memory serves me correctly, Brad used to write songs and jam out with these guys back in the day. I will agree that thier styles are very similar, but you'll also have stoopid fans that will say sublime ripped off thier sound. I'v actually had that argument with someone before. ( my buddy's old roomate who was a die-hard stoopid fan from southern california. he was a dick to begin with, and even more so after the agrument.)

Bryan24 Thu 12/18/2008 02:15PM
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^^^^ very interesting i never knew that.

crusoe star Thu 12/18/2008 02:41PM
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I have listened to as much as I could stand of this band simply because of some reviews I read in comparing them to Sublime. I hear NO similarities between the two bands. It doesn't matter who played with who, Slightly Stupid is lame and boring and Sublime was fucking amazing.

MarkBC Thu 12/18/2008 02:57PM
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I never could get into Sublime that much, but can dig on a lot of Stoopid tunes. to each their own?

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/18/2008 04:02PM
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dont mind these guys i just fuckin hate pepper......and how good can your show really be when the bad brains open for you?

adventuresinperception star Thu 12/18/2008 04:08PM
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slightly stoopid is every kid from san diego's favorite band. I mean no disrespect to san diego, its my hometown, but I REALLY hate that band.

Mutilated Trips star Thu 12/18/2008 11:43PM
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Mutilated Trips

i cant believe slightly stoopid didnt open up for bad brains. thats what is most striking to me about this whole shindig, Bad Brains are a highly more influential and talented group of musicians, not just some stoned calikids who get off to the sound of bong rips, gnarly vibes, good kynd waves and chilling with their brahsefs.

schofizzl Fri 12/19/2008 12:39AM
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i dig most stoopid stuff but what's what the fake reggae accents? seriously i loved them way more when i thought they were Jamaican, before i saw their videos.

shaberkorn starstarstarstar Fri 12/19/2008 01:36AM
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they should stick to the studio. seen them once in richmond and once at rothbury and their live act just doesn't leave me satisfied. they should also stop playing that shitty punk metal thrash whatever it is shit

NICU1985 Fri 12/19/2008 07:03AM
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noooo waayy bra...these party dudes are like the most righteous musical display going right now...I saw them in del ray in like 2000 they were so totally rockin all they kept saying was how cool they were and how much great weed they and my bras were completely stoked...i felt like i was barreling this killer wave the entire time they were playing...probably the most choice moment of my life...SoCal love for sure bra...totally killer!

Hotchkiss Fri 12/19/2008 07:53AM
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Just want to correct chidodger. sublime was founded in 1988, slightly stoopid 1995. they even say in thier press kit how much they were influenced my sublime.

they were not around before sublime hit it big here in southern ca. "date rape" was all over the radio in 94-95.

Jamimal Fri 12/19/2008 08:08AM
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'world goes round' is one of my fav. it got me into stupid

but i love 'sweet honey' and 'colli man'

seem em live once, great show!

Andrew Bruss Fri 12/19/2008 11:13AM
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Andrew Bruss


This writer isn't "hired" by Jambase, and therefor, can't be "fired." Everyone who writes for this site does so on their own time to add fuel to the groovy fire that is It's a community thing. If you can put this guy to shame, then shame him on

chidodger Fri 12/19/2008 01:05PM
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Really, I was thinking back to the Stories Lies and Tales DVD where I thought that it was stoopid being interviewed about the Sublime early years. I know they had Pennywise, the Falling Idols and I think also The Vandals on there, I thought stoopid was on there as well. Anyhow, my mistake, although now I want to watch that dvd agian, it's been about 4 years since I last saw it.

Bryan24 Fri 12/19/2008 02:07PM
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I know this is a different band. but that dirty hot sex song by pepper is the worst song i've ever heard.

chidodger Fri 12/19/2008 02:45PM
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I heard Cold Water Mystic stole the show from Pepper at the Chicago Halloween show at the metro back in October. Not too big on pepper myself, but Ashes is a pretty good song worth checking out.

Deadphishbiscuits Sun 12/21/2008 09:39AM
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Longest Barrell Ride and Everything you need were great albums. And their albums seem to have been degressing in quality. Havent seen them live since shortly after Everything you need was realease and they were great. But I have heard their live shows have been this true?

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/22/2008 04:40PM
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wheres my budlight and lifted F150

snausages Tue 1/6/2009 08:37AM
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awesome pics