Twenty Years Later: Remembering Bradley Nowell Of Sublime

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Vocalist/guitarist Bradley Nowell was an extremely creative and talented songwriter and performer who formed the band Sublime with bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh in 1988. Sublime found massive success with the release of their self-titled major label debut in 1996. Sadly, Nowell never saw the trio hit the big time as he died of a heroin overdose on this date in 1996.

The trio mixed elements of rock, ska and reggae in an inventive way and released three studio albums, one live album, five compilation LPs, three EPs and one box set over the course of their short but sweet career. Sublime’s notable originals include “What I Got,” “Date Rape,” “Saw Red” and “S.T.P.” The band was also known to throw covers into their live performances from a diverse set of influences such as the Grateful Dead (“Scarlet Begonias”), Bad Religion (“We’re Only Gonna Die)” and Bad Brains (“House Of Suffering”).

While Wilson and Gaugh pledged to let Sublime die following Nowell’s passing, they started teaming with Rome Ramirez to form Sublime With Rome in 2009 a group which continues today.

There’s not much in the way of high-quality, full show Sublime footage on YouTube but one of the best was filmed on-stage at Hollywood’s Las Palmas Theatre on February 17, 1995:

Setlist

Sublime at Las Palmas Theatre

  • Greatest Hits
  • Badfish
  • 40oz. to Freedom
  • Scarlet Begonias  
  • Don't Push
  • Garden Grove
  • Right Back
  • New Thrash
  • 54-46, That's My Number  
  • House of Suffering  
  • All You Need
  • STP
  • Falling Idols
  • We're Only Gonna Die  
  • D.J.s
  • Ebin
  • Pool Shark
  • Saw Red
  • Let's Go Get Stoned