For all intents and purposes, however, the Sublime the world came to love in the mid-’90s died along with Nowell in that San Francisco hotel room, despite a slew of posthumous albums released by MCA, including the 1997 rarities collection .Wilson and Gaugh continued on as Long Beach Dub Allstars and, for years, they refused to perform again as Sublime.In the early hours of May 25, 1996, 28-year-old singer and guitarist Bradley Nowell called Troy, his wife of exactly one week and mother of his 11 month-old son, Jakob.Earlier that night, Sublime had played at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, about seven hours north of Nowell’s home in Long Beach, California.
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The heroin death of the Smashing Pumpkins' touring keyboard player, Jonathon Melvoin, got more attention in the press.
In fact, plenty of Sublime fans don't even know that Nowell is gone.
Known for their combination of laid back surfer attitude and punk mentality, Sublime is very hard to pin down.
Any song can be a delightful mash up of punk, hip-hop, and reggae, with lyrics that make you laugh even as you think, "Did he really just say that?