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Sublime members Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson date back to grade school, when they formed their first garage band together. The band consisted of drums, bass and vocals. After a short time, the two went their separate ways, playing in different bands. In 1982, Bud was playing in a punk band across town with some buddies from school, while Eric was starting a band, Hoganís Heroes (later Sloppy Seconds), with Brad Nowell, whom he met in school at the University of California. Over spring break in 1988, Eric invited Bud to jam with himself and Brad and the three instantly connected personally and musically.

Coming from a musical and well-traveled family, Nowell brought a variety of influences to the bandís music, including reggae, ska, punk, metal and rock and roll. He took the position of front man and lead guitar of Sublime, with Eric on bass and Bud on drums. Eric and Bud, both with a mainly punk background, quickly picked up on Nowellís music tastes and together the band put together some of the greatest indie masterpieces of all time.

But it wasnít that easy. Sublime was together for years, playing at house parties for beer before they were signed to Skunk Records. The band members were intent on becoming musicians and had all but given up on everything else. Brad dropped out of college his last semester and Bud was selling speed to try to make some money while working on music. Budís addiction to speed became so bad that he put himself in rehab, and the band found Kelly Vargas to take his place. They rented a van to play a tour across the southern states, all the way to Florida and back.

A year later, Bud was out of rehab and back in the band. Sublime went on a tour up the West coast to Seattle and back, using money from gigs to pay for gas, beer, food and pot. It was anything but glamorous.

These cross-country tours brought a variety of drugs Bradís way. Until then, Brad had stayed clean of drugs, although he drank like a fish. By the time the band released 40 Oz to Freedom, Brad was doing heroin. Despite support from his family, friends, girlfriend and band mates, he continued downhill in his addiction.

Sublimeís recording history began in 1992, when they signed with Skunk Records, creating and releasing 40 Oz. to Freedom. In 1992, they released Robbiní the Hood, under MCA. According to band members, this album was created during Bradís worst times as a heroin addict.

All of their efforts lead up to the release of their self-titled album, released in 1996. Tragically, less than a week after his marriage to his long-term girlfriend and the release of the album that would make Sublime famous, Brad overdosed on heroin and died in a San Francisco hotel room. Troy, his wife had given birth to their son, Jakob, a few short months earlier.

Since the death of Nowell, Sublime has formed a huge fan base. Although 40 oz. to freedom was sold nation-wide, it didnít become popular on the east coast until after the release of the self-titled album. Brad Nowell never lived to see the day that his music would became the stepping stone for hundreds of bands influenced by Sublime. The band has since released archived songs on an acoustic album, Bradly Nowell and Friends as well as Second Hand Smoke and a greatest hits album. Eric and Bud have continued to play music in other bands including Long Beach Dub Allstars and LB Short Bus.