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For all his tattoos and bulked-up frat-boy persona, singer Bradley Nowell had real soul, which made his fatal heroin overdose even more tragic. There's more to this Long Beach, California, trio's debut, released shortly after Nowell's death in 1996, than white suburban punks imitating Jamaican ska music. The band comes up with great songs, notably the catchy MTV hit "What I Got"; spooky dub-reggae undertones, produced by the Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary, to go with the snappy horns; and surprisingly progressive lyrics that attack sexism and other social ills, especially on "Wrong Way." Like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fishbone, obvious forebears, Sublime become slightly tiresome after 17 songs, but the band is great in short doses. --Steve Knopper

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tracklisting: Garden Grove
What I Got
Wrong Way
Same in the End
April 29, 1992 (Miami)
Pawn Shop
Paddle Out
Ballad of Johnny Butt
Under My Voodoo
Get Ready
Caress Me Down
What I Got (Reprise)
Doin' Time
title: Sublime
rating: 4
purchase date: 09-05-2005
published: 30-07-1996
price: $13.98
net Rating: 5
last lookup time: 137389552
genre: Punk Revival
Ska Punk
Third Wave Ska
Funk Rock
fullTitle: Sublime
currentValue: $5.75
created: 137389536
country: us
aspect: Audio CD
Explicit Lyrics
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artist: Sublime