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The Bradley Nowell Story: Sublime and Their Reggae Influences

Updated on September 10, 2013
Photo by Kellie Nowell O'Reilly
Photo by Kellie Nowell O'Reilly
Limited Edition 45 Sold Exclusively on Record Store Day 4/18/2009
Limited Edition 45 Sold Exclusively on Record Store Day 4/18/2009

The Bradley Nowell Story

The sole purpose of this hub is to celebrate the many musical influences on the Long Beach California ska-punk band sublime, particularly reggae. This is not meant to disparage the legacy of this band in any way but rather to show how a gifted artist came to create his own musical legacy.

This is the Bradley Nowell Story.....

40 Oz. to Freedom - 1992

Part 1 is the debut album "40 oz. of Freedom"


Smoke Two Joints - The Toyes

Nah Touch Da Just - Just-Ice

Outside! - The Ziggens

Dialogue from the film

"Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"

Directed by Russ Meyer

Written by future film critic Roger Ebert


54-46 Was My Number - Toots & the Maytals

Boops - Super Cat

Ball and Chain - The Vandals


Ride Natty Ride - Bob Marley & the Wailers

Cornerstone - Bob Marley & the Wailers

A Message To You, Rudi - The Specials


Scarlet Begonias - Grateful Dead

Funky Drummer - James Brown


We're Only Gonna Die - Bad Religion


Clean Up Woman - Betty Wright

It's Expected, I'm Gone - The Minutemen

Due to sample clearing issues, later pressings did not include Get Out!

It was however included in a later release called Second Hand Smoke

There was also a hidden track..........

Welcome to Part 2: "Robbin' the Hood"

Robbin' The Hood - 1994

STEPPIN' RAZOR (Wailers song)

Stepping Razor - Peter Tosh


Do It Twice - Bob Marley & the Wailers ('71)

Roots Rocking - Aswad ('89)


Mad Mad Mad - Alton Ellis

Zungguzungguguzungguzeng - Yellowman ('83)

Golden Hen - Tenor Saw ('86)


She's Mine - Barrington Levy


I Second That Emotion - Smokey Robinson






and Part 3 is ..... sublime - 1996

Sublime a/k/a Killin' It - 1996


(=VINYL=) Summertime - Herbie Mann

Jump For Jah - InI Kamoze


Caress Mi Down - Clement Irie

Under Mi Sleng Teng - Wayne Smith


It's Up To You - The Specials


Mr. Moto - The Bel-Airs


Get Ready - Frankie Paul


War Deh Round A John Shop - The Wailing Souls 


Jailhouse - Bob Marley & The Wailers

Roll Call - Tenor Saw


The Ballad of Johnny Butt - Secret Hate


Have Your Ass Home By 11:00 - Richard Pryor

Lady Madonna - The Beatles

Loving - Half Pint

Life is... Too $hort - Too $hort

Nappy Heads (rmx) - The Fugees

BONUS: The remix of APRIL 29TH 1992 has Bradley singing "Give Me My Share" which is a song by Jah Rubel
BONUS: The remix of APRIL 29TH 1992 has Bradley singing "Give Me My Share" which is a song by Jah Rubel


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      rebecca 2 weeks ago

      There's nothing on here about Bad Brains or The Sonics...which are two major influences for Date Rape (The Sonics) and everything else, (Bad Brains).

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      Ian 7 months ago

      Also Seed should have Lori Meyers by NOFX, it's lyrics and melody are heavily borrowed from it.

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      Poorboy 3 years ago

      That's why Bradley said .. He was the boss dj... And he was....I'm a huge reagge head and I LOVE! How he put this albums together he was a genius in his own way..I have a lot of this reagge albums and never taugth someone would put a new cool

      Twist to them. A lot of people never heard this artists Paul I think if you sat around and did drugs you still COULNT come up with something like this ..or if you didn't do drugs .. You still COULNT come up with this ... Sublime true talent ... And def. ahead of there time........

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      ilikepie 4 years ago

      great music

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      fackubitch 6 years ago

      I don't get why people who don't like Bradley would be on site about him. You must be real sad people. Come to a place that wants to pay their respect and

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      Paul 6 years ago

      Any "man" that chooses drugs over his children deserves no respect.

      But, because we live in the American Idol society and place singers and actors on pedestals, "Guy" and some of the other commenters think he is deserving of something special.

      He sat around did drugs and wrote songs about them.

      I heard more lyrics about his van and his dog than I did his child.

      The man was a disgrace and it's a good thing he's no long an influence on the boy.

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      Guy 6 years ago

      Awesome man! This just gives me more respect towards Mr. Nowell. Miss that guy!

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      Lucas STP 6 years ago

      Nice compilation; I LOVE your enthusiasm! We've actually been putting this stuff together for years over at the "Sublime STP". If you want to add some more stuff to your "hub", check out our website here:

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      russbusby 6 years ago

      also this song straight up has your ridym!!!

      also some artist' covered Bradley!

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      russbusby 6 years ago

      I think he nabbed "All of the DJ's have surely taken a lesson" - Just Ice -

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      FabianVelasquez 7 years ago

      Sublime was the first ska band that I knowed in my life, but I never worry for found the amazing band that they were. So, yet in this time I'm fasined for listen Sublime, more now that I saw these videos

      Rock on!!

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      janicealcantara 7 years ago

      I still regret the day Bradley succumbed to drugs. I'm a big fan of the band, their music and the man himself. His spirit will always live on with the lyrics that we hear and sing in his songs.

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      Boogr 7 years ago from Louisiana

      This hub is ABSOLUTELY my favorite one I have ever read. I knew some of the songs were covered, being a longtime fan... but I had NO IDEA some of the stuff, you 100% did your homework on this one, and your love of music shows in your work! I dig how much you love reggae music!

      If the rest of your hubs put as much enthusiasm as you have put into this one, I am for sure a follower!

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      donnaleemason 7 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      What always comes across DJ is how much you love music.

      Rock on!


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