First blog ever on this site so I thought it'd be pretty reasonable to explain how I got into Sublime in the first place.
First off, I'm from A tiny little town in Canada where everyone is the exact same. They all dress the same, they all like the same things, and they all listen to the same music. Well, my sister wasn't too into that and somehow she stumbled onto Sublime. She liked them a lot but eventually was caught into the underground punk scene. Growing up I heard What I Got, Wrong Way, and Santeria over and over again and they were really good tunes.
Couple Years later, big sis moved out to live with my Dad in the city, and I always missed her even though I'd never admitt it and the best way I found to keep her close was through music.I found myself listening to Sublime and it would be those 3 songs on repeat and eventually the idea finally came to my head that hey, I bet they have a hell of a lot more good songs that I'd like and that's how the obsession began.
I bought all their albums and it still didn't feel like enough. I loved the music but I had no idea about this fucking amazing band. I did the research and found myself laughing at all the stunts they pulled, relating to dealing with addiction both personal and with friends and family, and crying about the tragic ending that cut such an amazing person and band off way too soon.
I kind of made it my mission to learn as much about the band as possible and share it with everyone. Now I didn't give two shits whether they wanted to hear it or not. As long as they were in range of me speaking they'd too soon learn about the band that really touched my heart.
Not meaning to sound lame but I'd have to say this band saved my life. Last spring I battled with some serious depression and an addiction to pills and I could not begin to tell you how such simple songs helped me through it. I owe this music my life literally.
It's funny though, I've been told a few times that when I talk about Bradley, Bud, Eric, and of course Louie, that is sounds like I grew up with these guys. I may not have ever met them, but what they've done for me is incredible.
I wish I could pay them back for what they've done for me, or at least tell them how greatful I am to of found their music, but Brad's gone and who knows if I'll ever meet Bud, Eric, Jim, Troy, Jake, Miguel, or anyone else who influenced or was part of the lifestyle that is Sublime. I guess this is my crucial thanks.
If you only knew all the love that I found, It's hard to keep my soul on the ground ...