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Eric Wilson: Sublime's Bassist

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by de la mocha, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    This is the man (besides listening to Bob Marley albums) that actually made me, yes, forced me to got out and buy a Bass! As a matter of fact, if it wasn't for him, I would not have bought a bass guitar and would not have ever ultimately come across this site.

    I just want to dedicate a thread to the man that made me play the bass! His tone, his bass lines, his grooves on the sublime albums made me the bass player I am today by inspiring me to practice, practice, practice! Is he the best bass player of all time? No.

    Is he a living legend? No. Did he single handedly change the face of music by defining a sonic era through superior inovation of the bass guitar? No.

    Did he lay down sweet grooves that made you nod your head and allow you to feel the sweet island and punk rhythm deep in your soul? Yes.

    So here's my tribute to the man that inspired ME.

    Eric Wilson (born February 21, 1969) was the bass player for Sublime (1988-1996) and also bassist for Long Beach Dub Allstars (1997-2002). He currently is the bassist for the band Long Beach Shortbus, which is comprised of several members of Long Beach Dub Allstars and Sublime.

    Wilson and Bud Gaugh met in 1979 and later started their first garage punk band,called The Juice Bros., consisting of drums, bass and vocals; they founded Sublime in 1988 along with the singer Brad Nowell.

    In 1996, Sublime disbanded following the death by heroin overdose of lead singer Brad Nowell at age 28 and then Long Beach Dub Allstars formed in 1997.

    Long Beach Dub Allstars' first album was released in 1999 called Right Back (Dreamworks).

  2. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    cool bass, what is it?
  3. Sensory_Rupture


    Dec 13, 2003
    Eric Wilson is also the reason I play bass.
  4. Jmann


    Apr 29, 2003
    Lexington, Ky
    some sort of pre-EB MM bass i think... Eric does have alot of nice, groovy basslines and a pretty sweet tone. I dont think i would listen to sublime if it wasnt for him, so kudos to Eric!
  5. sethlow3

    sethlow3 Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Thats a MM sabre. I love Eric Wilson! His basslines changed my life too! His stuff is great for people who want to groove and get better FAST. "Badfish" and "Santeria" are always the 1st two basslines that come to my mind.
  6. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    40 ounce to freedom is the first song I ever learned! God bless that man!
  7. Larry99


    Aug 17, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    yea ...been playin for 25+ years and I remember how fresh Sublime sounded when they broke onto the scene. Eric's playing really got me into the dub style.
  8. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    He has been a slight inspiration on me... I love his tone/feel. Though he hasn't taught me a whole lot, he's a wonderful player.
  9. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    smoke two joints is my fav. im such a stoner...
  10. 5intheface


    Dec 18, 2004
    Santeria was the first really cool bassline I learned too. Weird.
  11. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    I wish Eric Wilson got more recognition though. He knows how to lay down a groove.....
  12. rayzak


    Jan 13, 2001
    Louisville, KY
    I agree. Badfish is the first song I learned to play all the way through. He's most certainly one of my favorites. Funny, I was just raving about him to one of my bass playing coworkers last night.:bassist:
  13. Audiophage


    Jan 9, 2005
    I like most of his bass work. He definitely was a good bass player. Though I think he overplayed the bassline in Sublimes version of "Smoke 2 Joints".

    He played upright in some of Sublime's music, right?
  14. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    Did he? Whoa, can anyone confirm this?!!! :eek:
  15. Audiophage


    Jan 9, 2005
    I remember in one of their music videos that he played an upright, but I don't remember which one.
  16. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    Was it that song "The Wrong Way"?
  17. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    i know he did play upright, but I don't know if he ever played doghouse on sublime songs or just jammed it on his own time. I did see a couple pix of him using an electric upright of some sort, though.
  18. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    The video for "What I got" shows him jammin' on an upright. Also "Date Rape" HAS to be upright.
  19. Eric Wilson was the reason i wanted to play bass, he has such great rythmn and kickass groove.

    The 'what i got' video has him on an upright bass, and it definetly sounds like an upright.

    The video for Date Rape he plays a normal bass, and i reckon it sounds like it too.

    Ebin was the first song i learned (well the intro/verse anyway)
  20. Techmonkey


    Sep 4, 2004
    Wales, UK
    Sublime kick some serious ass! Date Rape was one of the first few songs I ever learnt, my brother was playing the guitar solo and I wanted to jam with him, so I learnt the song...

    Sublime are a very underrated band!