Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's lineup, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell (vocals and guitar), Bud Gaugh (drums and percussion), and Eric Wilson (bass guitar). Michael "Miguel" Happoldt also contributed on a few Sublime songs, such as "New Thrash." Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996. Sublime split up after the overdose of their close friend. They recorded a few songs and put forth a number of short demos beside the well-known “Jah Won't Pay the Bills” (1991).
Sublime released their debut album, “40oz. to Freedom,” in 1992 under Nowell's label, Skunk Records. While the album was not immediately successful, it established Sublime's blend of reggae, punk, ska, and hip hop, and helped to further strengthen the group's growing California following. Initially, “40oz. to Freedom,” was sold exclusively at their live shows, and the album became widely known in the greater Los Angeles area after rock radio station KROQ began playing the song, "Date Rape," in 1995.
Sublime's second album, “Robbin' the Hood,” was released in 1994. Following the release of “Robbin' the Hood,” the band embarked on a successful tour and co-headlined the first annual Vans Warped Tour in 1995. As a result, Sublime was signed to the label Gasoline Alley of MCA Records by Jon Phillips, who subsequently became the band's manager. In February 1996, Sublime returned to the studio to record new material for what would be their major label debut. The resulting album, which is self-titled, was released in July of that year and became a huge success, including the single "What I Got," which made it to #1 at the Modern Rock Chart. Unfortunately, just two months prior to its release, Nowell died of a heroin overdose on May 25th at the Oceanview Motel in San Francisco. Their self-titled album earned the band worldwide fame, and has since gone five-time platinum. The album included several popular singles including "Santeria," "Doin' Time," "Wrong Way," and "April 29, 1992 (Miami)," all of which received heavy airplay. Following the end of Sublime, the two remaining members, Wilson and Gaugh, resurfaced in several notable projects, including Long Beach Dub Allstars, Long Beach Shortbus, Eyes Adrift and Volcano.
After a 13-year hiatus, the remaining members of Sublime reunited for a February 28, 2009 performance at Cantina Los Tres Hombres in Sparks, Nevada with frontman and guitarist Rome Ramirez, who is filling in for Nowell.