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Sublime pushed the bounds of how shitty a band could be, raising the bar for suckage to such Olympian heights Paul Bunyan could've limbo'd under it after eating a Chinese buffet. The SoCal act's marriage of ska riffs and forced "What, me worry?" beach-bum aesthetic was the perfect aural opiate for white college kids and their beer funnels who wanted to like Bob Marley but couldn't "get with" his sometimes-revolutionary bent. Think Skankin' Pickle or Op Ivy stripped of everything that made them interesting or good. Anyway, Sublime ended when singer/guitarist Bradley Nowell overdosed on heroin. Now bands have formed to pay tribute. Badfish is one of them.


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1. sublime is the shit said... on Dec 22, 2008 at 09:10PM

“ur a dush”

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2. Truth said... on Dec 27, 2008 at 01:25AM

“Yeah...and you write for a shitty magazine...so we all good here or you gonna keep arguing? Maybe you should get a job that does not pay you to criticize bands. I'd like to see you do something like them instead of sitting on your ass writing about how they suck. You have no idea what you are talking about and are dissing sublime. and as i recall uh, SUBLIME'S PRETTY FAMOUS BIG GUY! THEY MADE SOME DAMN GOOD MUSIC! Get your head and your ears out of your ass and do something with your life. You stuck up brown nosed asshole.”

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3. Truth said... on Dec 27, 2008 at 01:27AM

“Oh, and Philly's full of whiners and losers...hey, you write for a Philly magazine...ironic? i think so.”

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4. Sublime fan not from Cali, fag said... on Jan 2, 2009 at 04:45PM

“Who the fuck cares what this guy thinks. One thing I can tell you about Sublime, they'll go down in history. You? You're working for Philadelphia Weekly. Get bent. ”

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5. Sublime Lover said... on Jan 2, 2009 at 09:08PM

“Haha this guy thinks sublime has no meaning?? Listen to Wrong Way or any Sublime song and tell me there isnt a meaning to there music. Oh and i think ive heard of your magazine. I was taking a shit on a airplane:)”

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6. Philly Weekly Is Awful said... on Jan 2, 2009 at 09:12PM

“Is Philly Weekly a magazine? Like Time Magazine? Oh wait. Nevermind. I said magazine. I meant shit on paper that nobody reads unless they have a noose around there neck. ”

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7. This Guys A TOOOOL said... on Jan 2, 2009 at 09:14PM

“Hahaha Sublime Lover. Very well put. An airport bathroom. The lowest of the lows for a magazine. Right where Philly Weekly belongs lololol”

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8. Piece a shit like ur writing said... on Jan 4, 2009 at 11:46PM

“u might be the biggest faggot i think i have ever read. and go figure, your from philly.”

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9. John Hancock said... on Jan 6, 2009 at 10:07PM

“Sublime is greater than you will ever be mutherfucker. But i guess who can blame you for being such a pissant though you criticise bands for the Podunk Weekly Shitrag, even the advertisements on this site suck im looking at a jewish singles advertisement wtf??? Better writers and editorials than you and this paper respectively have hailed Sublime's greatness. Try Rolling Stone for example. ”

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10. Thomas Jefferson said... on Jan 6, 2009 at 11:35PM

“i second john hancock, i know he's a good man because helped me with the declaration of independence. but you sir are an asshole, and a disgrace to philadelphians everywhere of high demeanor such as my colleague benjamin franklin. i hope you choke on a roll you fucking cocksucking queef permeating discharge puking cum drinking asshole douche date rapist. that is all.”

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11. George Washington said... on Jan 7, 2009 at 09:56PM

“you should fuck a goat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NZIprqgkMs sublime is the shit.”

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12. Patrick Henry said... on Jan 7, 2009 at 10:05PM

“i agree with my contemporaries mr jeffereson and washington. But who the fuck saw this shit in an airplane bathroom? thats way too good, i was taking a shit in some bushes and wiped my ass with this article. sublime is the best whether the east or the west coast, how are you writing a music column if you cant understand that?”

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13. eric said... on Jan 13, 2009 at 12:41PM

“This dude got arrested in Media, PA for child molestation on 9/8/08. Maybe he can write bad reviews for great bands in prison. Im sure Bubba will read his reviews while tossing his salad.”

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14. shepnuts said... on Jan 16, 2009 at 12:16PM

“have fun getting ass-raped in prison. people that commit crimes like these have MUCH worse happen to them when they enter the penitentiary. i will dedicate ''date rape" to you, sir.”

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15. jimmy said... on Jan 19, 2009 at 05:32PM

“a bunch of f'n haters on the east coast huh? ”

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16. Superstar Punani said... on Jan 22, 2009 at 02:02PM

“Hey Assclown..I can just imagine what type of queer ass music you listen too if you think that Sublime is a shitty band. I'm sure you are one of those Tools that only listens to "WHAT'S HOT IN THE STREETS" the lame ass music that get's played on the radio over and over again. I bet you are one of those fags that listens to the sweet sounds of Creed...you and Scott Stapp should go fuck eachother in the mouth!!! Before you write a review on a band you know nothing about you should take a good look at yourself and realize that you sir are a fucking Douchebag who takes it up the ass and should not be allowed to write a review about anything except for the dick that you sucked the night before:) Have a fantastic day and kiss Scott for me:)”

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17. sublime said... on Jan 22, 2009 at 07:55PM

“you are an ignorant f*ck author...i would love to hear what kind of music you listen to while you write this atrocious magazine i wouldnt have ever heard of this sh*t if i didnt google badfish and found this terrible excuse for entertainment on the 4th page...”

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18. Stupid Sublime Fans said... on Feb 6, 2009 at 10:43AM

“I hate to burst the bubble of everyone on this message board, but Sublime does indeed suck. Half their material is cover songs, not to mention the complete waste of a disc that was "Robbin' the Hood" (full of cheesy beats, half-baked songs and unfunny skits--and this was BEFORE Bradley died and they mined every single thing recorded with his voice on it for numerous, unlistenable compilations). And anyone that says things like "Oh yeah? Where's YOUR album? Let's see you make a better one!" is using bad logic. Just because a critic can't write an album as good as the band they skewered doesn't make said band good. If, say, Roger Ebert can't remake the "Bratz" movie with similar or better quality, it doesn't mean he's unfit to comment on it. It's not like that makes "Bratz" a great piece of art. ”

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19. morgan said... on Feb 13, 2009 at 12:23PM

“What a faggot ”

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20. TheSkaFish said... on Feb 21, 2009 at 12:59PM

“You're right about one thing, the aforementioned "white college kids and their beer funnels who wanted to like Bob Marley but couldn’t “get with” his sometimes-revolutionary bent" do indeed suck.....but not Sublime. Without them, 3rd wave ska would have been a greatly smaller movement, and it's just fun to listen to.....I like my music to have a message most of the time like Op Ivy or Rancid or Crimpshrine, but party music has its merits too. Perhaps instead of bashing Sublime you should write an article about how these white college kids are the worst.”

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21. den said... on Feb 27, 2009 at 12:07PM

“you are retarded”

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22. den said... on Feb 27, 2009 at 12:10PM

“cheesesteak eating son of a bitch”

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23. jhgajg said... on Mar 18, 2009 at 12:59PM

“fuck you. sublime and badfish are the shit. BITCH”

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24. Wow.. said... on Mar 18, 2009 at 01:02PM

“what the fuck man. I just saw badfish last night and it was a damn good concert and sublime was a damn good band. I hope you die in a sublime way”

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25. your a faggot said... on Mar 19, 2009 at 05:17PM

“ahah you dumb faggot. you can't say shit when you live in philly and write for a shitty magazine.”

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26. Anonymous said... on Mar 19, 2009 at 06:12PM

“Have you even SEEN Badfish?”

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27. Keith said... on Mar 25, 2009 at 12:08PM

“This 'review' is so stupid I don't think I can even come up with a response. I'm pretty sure that the fact that every single comment is disagreeing with the author is evidence enough that he is wrong. Bang wrong.”

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28. Anonymous said... on Apr 2, 2009 at 11:01AM

“it sucks that philly has to get a bad rap from douche bags like this, most of us are actually pretty chill, every city has their pricks. Sublime rules this guy's a huge tool.”

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29. Im the strongest one her and I will kill you all said... on Apr 11, 2009 at 03:27PM

“U probably have never even heard of half of Sublime's songs or know what Sublime means u ass eating piece of dog crap. Instead of hatin for some no name newspaper whyt dont u go pull the stick out of your ass and do something productive like have some gay sex with "mr. bubble burster" who spends his free time shitting on music over the internet. Ignorant cocksuckers”

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30. The Liberty Bell said... on Apr 22, 2009 at 01:41PM

“You may hate Sublime, but I know for a fact that you like me. I know this b/c it is obvious you enjoy licking big cracks. So after you are done embarrassing yourself by writing another incoherent article for that panty-liner of a magazine, why don't you come down to the Center and lick my crack....if, of course, you can fit me in between your busy crack sniffing schedule. Go eat owl shit.”

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31. Tyler said... on Apr 23, 2009 at 01:05PM

“WHAT THE FUCK? How the fuck are you gunna make philly sound like a bunch of hating assholes. youre the first person ive ever seen dis sublime. Sublime is a band with unlimited talent the the late bradley nowell has one of the greatest voices of any singer. go move to new york you stuck up prick”

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32. Paddy McGee O'Brien XXV said... on Apr 30, 2009 at 10:22PM

“...BLOW ME DOUCHEBAG...Sublime was rightous”

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33. Anonymous said... on Apr 30, 2009 at 10:23PM

“...they were RIGHTOUS...so BLOW ME DOUCHEBAGASS”

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34. I said... on May 14, 2009 at 12:05PM

“it's so funny how you all are getting worked up over this shitty little review. sublime was great, but you really shouldn't give a shit what this guy thinks”

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35. you suck said... on Jun 3, 2009 at 07:28AM

“you are an idiot who is a shitty writer for a shitty magazine and sublime is the greatest band ever and badfish does a great job covering them”

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36. SARAHSUMMERS said... on Jun 6, 2009 at 10:29AM

“Sublime is a great band. One of the greatest in my opinion. Their lyrics are so down to earth and real. I personally have never seen Badfish, but i'm going to in September. ANd i'm excited. I'm not going to get all bent out of shape over what this stupid deush has to say about them. And i found it sort of disrespectful to talk about Brad as you did.”

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37. Cleetus H. Christ said... on Aug 6, 2009 at 05:41PM

“ha if you don't like Sublime then it's obvious you consume 500 gallons of semen on a daily basis. Because homosexuals don't like good music they only like Village People LOL.”

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38. Ben Franklin said... on Aug 8, 2009 at 04:59PM

“You obviously have written this article ill informed of this bands greatness. Youve probably only heard the songs played on philadelphia radio stations which is not many im sure. This band was and still is glorious. You need to tell the guys that jizz in your ears to stop so you can enjoy some good music”

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39. Rusty Shackelford said... on Aug 27, 2009 at 03:35AM

“I found this article through a link on Wikipedia. I believe the link was put there for the sole purpose of showing how much Scotty Don't/Badfish fans have their backs, and damn do they ever. The author clearly has the Jonas Brothers in his ears, and a dick in his ass. There's no objective statement as to why Badfish alledgedly sucks, it's straight-up lame-ass opinion. Congratulation, author. You succeeded in giving a review, but miserably failed in getting anyone to agree.”

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40. Beezelboob said... on Sep 12, 2009 at 04:15PM

“Sublime sucks.
Sublime fans are not clever.
Evidence?
Listen to Sublime, and read the posts on this thread.”

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41. Yikes said... on Dec 7, 2009 at 03:53PM

“Sublime fans actually did themselves a disservice in the defense of a freaking COVER BAND (!) by spouting outdated, shallow-minded homophobic slurs, believing that Sublime isn't mainstream music (do they live in an alternate dimension or something? Dude, "What I Got" is sooo underground indie!), and pretty much acting like the uncultured, frat boy d-bags that they are. Sublime may have been stupid fun, but they weren't very remarkable. And half of their songs weren't even theirs--they were a glorified cover band. So here's Badfish, a cover band of the world's most successful cover band--doesn't that blow your mind?”

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42. Anonymous said... on Feb 2, 2010 at 05:24AM

“Strangely, the cover band 'Badfish' has higher sales than the entire 'Philadelphia Weekly' magazine annually. Not to mention the revenue generated by a paragraph long blip about the upcoming concerts by cover bands.

I would love to know what songs by Sublime were covers. Aside from the couple obvious ones, it seems that the majority of the songs that hit the charts or the airwaves were originals. (Wrong Way, What I Got, April 29th, Badfish, Santeria). Not that I will ever visit this site again, its been well over a year since this article was posted about a cover band, and yet still it gets visitors. It is sad that this is not because of the writing or editing, but rather because the cover band is more popular than a magazine I am sure is run by a staff of professionals that numbers more than 5. (5 being the number of the cover band... the original band was a mere 3).

Did Sublime fans do themselves a disservice in defending a cover band? The answer is yes... they came here.”

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43. BEn said... on Feb 23, 2010 at 01:23PM

“i am going to see badfish tonight. in cleveland. better than philadelphia for sure. btw sublime is the shit. or maybe you couldnt see past "Date Rape" for all the good songs not abused by teh radio. *Tsk* i thought music ment more than "lil wayne" but i guess thats what the kids are into today.....”

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44. Metal Fan said... on Mar 15, 2010 at 09:26AM

“They had a good sound, but poor lyrics. Same can be said of Hed (pe) or older Limp Bizkit. It's moreso how a band revolutionizes a sound. You guys can call him a douche, but you all make no better points yourselves. Metallica will go down in history as will Sublime. Cover bands are actually rather nifty in the fact they'll pay homage. Hopefully, we'll see a day and age where lyrics will matter to a band as much as the lyrics. Until then, ya just gotta keep an eye out for the few good ones there are.”

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45. The Ruca said... on Apr 11, 2010 at 05:10PM

“Sublime is awesome. Badfish is bitchin, And whoever wrote this obviously highly intelligent article, is a douche lord. Keep sublime alive. p.s. the lead singer of Badfish is hot and I guarantee you this prick that wrote this article is fat and bald.”

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46. Anonymous said... on Apr 17, 2010 at 03:01PM

“Badfish sucks. I fucking hate "tribute" bands. They're making money off Brad Nowell. And Sublime is overrated.

And all the people leaving comments need to learn to spell. I'm from the EU and I can speak and write clearer American English than any of you dumb asses.”

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47. Greg says: Sublime is fucking cool...still said... on May 14, 2010 at 07:22PM

“Ha ha..what a twat. never review a band again. you are not good at it. try selling pretzels in the mall...lol i did a google search on badfish.. and your pathetic "review" from 2008 came up ... quick! diaf.....ha ha no name...”

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48. i'm right you're wrong deal with it said... on Oct 3, 2010 at 08:07PM

“..."half of Sublime's song weren't even theirs/covers"....
Hmm. Does the term "sample" mean anything to you? Oh right, you wouldn't know about something that is one of the BIGGEST up and coming techniques in modern music. Go curl up in your shitty one-bedroom apartment and continue to criticize musical innovation in your third-rate magazine and pathetic discussion boards, while bands like Badfish and Scotty Don't make something of themselves and I listen to my quality music passionately. Loser.”

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49. Frederick Douglas said... on Nov 2, 2010 at 12:14AM

“I hope this was a joke but i have a feeling it wasnt. it is a shame a publication will stoop to disseminating absolute crap just to get a reaction.

Id really like to hear what you actually think is good music.”

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50. To an Author so bold said... on Dec 25, 2010 at 08:45PM

“I can't believe I just read all those posts, but I couldn't stop laughing!! Very "CLEVER" actually in regards to "Beezelboob's" comment.
To the Author of the article, and to those responsible for the replies talking shit:
If I hope for one thing it is that you perish in an ironic manner like barely surviving an airplane crash in the ocean only to be torn apart by some pacific sharks. THEN, when your soul wanders down the tunnel and into the light, you wake up in heaven and my boy Bradley is there to start beating the shit outa you. If you haven't figured it out yet, you are dead wrong about that band. SUBLIME is great. Listen to the music and figure it out brother. Go sit on a pool cue you ignorant, un-educated neanderthal. If you don't know anything about a subject that probably means you shouldn't pretend you do and instead why don't you go outside and play hide and go fuck yourself.”

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51. dan said... on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:32AM

“Damn I thought I finally found an article that exposes Badfish for the corpse-raping scam that it is. If they gave half of their profits to the actual Sublime then maybe I could accept and ignore their horrible pandering tasteless impersonation of a classic band (seriously, i saw them, they act like douche nozzles on stage). But anyway, when I clicked on this link and saw that this was actually a bad (and bizarrely uncalled for) review of Sublime (a clearly talented band that by the way hasn't played in many many years), I couldn't decide whether Badfish or the author sucked worse.”

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52. Anonymous said... on Mar 16, 2012 at 10:46AM

“I think it's strange people criticizing Sublimes lyrics. Are some of them a little on the nose party songs? Yes. However some of them are actually pretty interesting lyrically. Like Badfish for example (the song not the cover band.) Using a reef as an allegory for his heroin use is quite clever. I find though that not many people can really decypher Sublime's songs meanings or feel the impact of their lyrics unless they've had similar experiences. I know when I would go through withdrawals I'd listen to New Song on repeat. When Bradley sings "Running from a gun or some brain that weighs a ton, my God it hurts to get so low. Searching through the car, cold, still searching through the night." It provided a strange comfort, feeling like I wasn't alone in that experience. I think sometimes intellectuals and even pseudo intellectuals get a little lost in their own snobbery to see all the dimensions of the things they are supposed to be experts in. Good day.”

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53. Anonymous said... on May 17, 2012 at 09:58PM

“Your a stupid tasteless douche bag! My highschool news letter was better put together than this shit I wouldn't even while my ass with! Brad is one of the best and most creative lyricist of our time! And you sir can eat Lou dogs shit and die for making us from Philly look so stupid! Sublime, Bradley, & Lou Dog for ever!!!!”

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54. Anonymous said... on Oct 15, 2012 at 12:50PM

“Sublime, Bradley and Lou Bega forever!”

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55. Anonymous said... on Oct 15, 2012 at 01:23PM

“quite being sucha DOUSHER and GET OUTTA HERE NOW”

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56. gijyun said... on Oct 15, 2012 at 02:11PM

“This isn't over.”

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57. Anonymous said... on Oct 15, 2012 at 03:59PM

“douche chillllllll.”

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58. Nick said... on Dec 18, 2012 at 08:23AM

“Wow all you so called Sublime fans are complete jerk offs, I consider myself a big fan but I can still respect the opinion of people who dislike the band. Your making yourself and Sublime look bad... Don't Push”

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59. # Go Eagles said... on Sep 15, 2013 at 02:14AM

“Badfish keeps the music alive ! Brad is looking down and smiling every time they perform.”

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60. Thank you said... on Jul 23, 2014 at 03:10PM

“Thank you, I've never seen so many butthurt sublime fans, it's beautiful.”

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