Week's Worst: Sublime with Rome

By Brian McManus
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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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1. Anonymous said... on Jul 14, 2010 at 02:25PM

“Sublime isn't hip enough for the hipster crowd.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jul 14, 2010 at 02:46PM

“You guys should change this segment to things Hipster's don't like. Sublime is a fun light going band that has really never made music bad enough to illicit this obnoxious post.”

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3. 215'er said... on Jul 20, 2010 at 11:09AM

“Sublime was awesome around 15 years ago when I was much younger and skipped college classes to "chill". Def should've called it quits after Brad died though. On that note, ALL accomplished bands should quit when their frontman dies....it's musical blasphemy to carry on!!!”

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4. yousuck said... on Aug 24, 2010 at 07:35PM

“all yall can suck my left nut. ive been at all philly sublime with rome concerts so far and every time they put on a show. its a party and everyone always loves them.”

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5. Anonymous said... on Aug 25, 2010 at 08:19PM

“How does crap like this even get published? This article is absolute shit.”

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6. Anonymous said... on Sep 14, 2010 at 09:04AM

“I've been to 3 sublime with Rome concerts so far and they were all awesome. If any of u idiots truly ever liked sublime u wouldn't be talking shit n u would take advantage of any sublime performance u can! Bradley can't be replaced but Rome gets pretty close so go see SwR n then come talk.”

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7. Anonymous said... on Jun 13, 2011 at 02:16AM

“I know this article was posted almost a year ago so i'm looking at it a little retropectively but this is the funniest article i've ever read. i hope they don't pay the writer too much to be as condescending and closed minded as possible. i rate you 5 stars sir.”

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8. Anonymous said... on Feb 7, 2012 at 09:39AM

“Reprinting a two paragraph article? lazy.

Sublime's appeal lies with the freespirit audacity of its founding members. Evidence of there non-suck popularity can be found in the subsequent evolution of cover bands dedicated to them and new bands formed in the sublime-styleee: pepper, 311, slightly stoopid, etc.

A proper critic finds the positive and the negative in a proper critique. You need to go back to school or re-label as an uncool hater. Peace, fucker.”


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