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Sublime, an American ska punk band was formed in 1988 in Long beach, California. The group performed its first ever gig on 4th of July the same year in a small club in Harbor Peninsula. The group is claimed to be the most successful ska punk acts of all time with over 17 million copies sold worldwide. The group consisted of long time friends Eric Wilson (bass guitar) and Bud Gaugh (percussion and drums), Bradley Nowell (vocals and guitar) and later Michael Happoldt who contributed to some of the groups songs. The group never changed members since its inception to the time they broke up. The group had a Dalmatian puppy named Louie as their mascot.
The group also recorded other genres of music in their albums which included dub, alternative rock, reggae and alternative hip-hop. The band released one live album, 5 compilation albums, three studio albums, one box set and 3 EPs in their music career. Their third album which was released two months after Nowell died of a heroin overdose was their most successful album. Their earlier albums, ‘40 Oz. to Freedom’ and ‘Robbin’ the Hood’ were also popular in the U.S but not as popular as their third which made it to number 13 on the Billboard 200. ‘What I Got’ which was featured in their third album was the groups only number one hit single in their music career. Posthumous songs such as ‘Doin’ Time’, ‘The Wrong Way’ and ‘Santeria’ were released to U.S radio soon after and received huge airplay.
The group is accredited for mainstreaming punk rock and reviving interest in ska punk in the music industry and their music’s impact still persists until today. The group’s music is still popular in North America even after the breakup of the band. Their songs receive huge airplay mostly in California, where the group originated.