Editor’s note: The following Week’s Worst was published in the Dec. 17 issue of PW in 2008 for a Sublime tribute band called Badfish. We’re reprinting it here, because it still applies, but changing the name of the act accordingly.
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 they’ve reunited with a guy named Rome in Bradley’s place. Hence, Sublime with Rome.
Sat., July 17
With Matisyahu + the Dirty Heads. Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Columbus Blvd. and Spring Garden St.
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