Posted June 16, 2021 by Jeff in Tunes

Sublime Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Influential Debut Album


Led by the late Bradley Nowell, the Southern California reggae-punk band Sublime left a lasting impression with its self-titled album. Released 25 years ago, it yielded hits such as “What I Got,” “Santeria” and “Wrong Way.” 

To mark the anniversary, a virtual plaque ceremony will commemorate over 18 million in album consumption in the U.S. , and the group is releasing a limited-edition AleSmith Sublime Mexican Lager, a graphic novel called SUBLIME: $5 At the Door, new music videos for “Garden Grove” and “Pawn Shop” and much more.

“I can’t believe it’s been 25 years since self-titled album has come out,” drummer Bud Gaugh says in a press release. “It’s really cool; there’s not a day that goes by that I do not hear one of our songs on the radio in a bar, store, or in a car driving by. I constantly meet people who tell me that Sublime has helped them through a hard time or has helped them change their lives because of our stories, our music and the messages within our music. It’s such a great feeling to have a connection with our fans this deep. And to think the record label was actually considering canning this thing 25 years ago?! Man, I bet they’re glad they didn’t. I know we sure are, and I know the fans are too!”

The reason why we are still here all over the place every day and in-your-face is because of you, the fans, and we thank you and love you for this. Just look at all the love we’ve found!!!

Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh

“Looking back at the music that was created; I didn’t realize it then, but I feel very fortunate and blessed to inspire and help people through hard times — through music,” bassist Eric Wilson says.

Scott Seine, President of Sublime’s management company Surfdog/DKM, says the album is honored to be part of the celebration of an album he calls “undeniably classic.”

“For 25 years, Sublime has been an intrinsic part of the Southern California scene and bringing that lifestyle and brand to a global audience,” Bruce Resnikoff, President & CEO, Ume says. “We look forward to continuing to introduce their music to a new generation of fans around the world.”

‘Sublime’ 25th Anniversary Highlights:

The virtual plaque presentation will be available to stream on YouTube. Sublime Graphic Novel ‘$5 At The Door will be released in standard soft and hardcover editions in comic shops and bookstores alike in June 2021. Featuring brand-new cover artwork by Sublime family members Opie Ortiz and DJ Product ©1969, a special deluxe edition and highly limited super deluxe edition of the album available for preorder now exclusively through the Z2 website. Deluxe and super deluxe edition include a special first-time vinyl edition of the Doin’ Time EP, unavailable elsewhere, as well as exclusive prints and a Lou-Dog toy.

AleSmith Sublime Mexican Lager Limited Edition 19.2oz Beer Cans: AleSmith Brewing Company has released a batch of limited-edition cans of Sublime Mexican Lager featuring the new artwork from the band’s OG sun artist, Opie Ortiz that’s also featured on the cover of the graphic novel. Fans can get their hands on these limited-release 19.2oz. cans at the AleSmith Tasting Room and select retailers in California.

And finally, Travis Barker will produce covers and remixes and collaborate with artists of all genres to reimagine various Sublime songs from the iconic self-titled album.

“We’re not trying to write punk rock. We’re not trying to write reggae. We’re not trying to write ska,” Nowell told KROQ in 1995. “We’re just trying to write a good song.”