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Why so much Sublime?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ncapone, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. ncapone


    Nov 17, 2010
    Why is it that every cover band is required to play Sublime songs? Our last guitarist wanted us to play 6 of them and every guitarist we auditioned that also wants to play several of them. What gives?
  2. Pokerdweebz


    Oct 26, 2012
    Lititz, PA
    I've probably heard one before, but I don't even know a Sublime song by name. Don't think I'm much help here.
  3. alembicguy

    alembicguy Lone Wolf Miner of iron ore Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Because women like dancing to them
  4. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    I also do not care for Sublime but have played it live, 6 is WAY to many unless you are a ska band or mildly similar.

    We used to play What I got and it would go over really well, people would love it, but it is also their most recognizable song. It is super easy though so you can sit back and relax.

    I certainly wouldn't consider sublime on the list of every band covers songs but if I did it would only be What I Got, I really doubt too many bands cover date rape or santeria. I don't know any other songs than those 3 truthfully.
  5. portlandguy


    Feb 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    everyone knows it, yet it is still cool.
  6. bassfran

    bassfran Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    They're easy to play and are recognizable to the under 40 set.
  7. ncapone


    Nov 17, 2010
    But why is it cool? I like some ska, don't get me wrong, but what about them makes everyone go crazy?
  8. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I've played a few, three that I can think of. They're good dance songs. But no, I don't get why it's such a huge deal. Like Diabolus said, unless you're a tribute band or something I wouldn't do more than 2 in a night (unless people kept requesting it).
  9. You can't ask that question in California. I understand the bombarment and overload of Sublime at times. But it doesnt bother me. For as popular as they still are, especially out here, me and my guitarist never play them. Alot of people do though probably because they are easy, fun to sing along to, most people know them and are excepted as laid back chill songs most places.
  10. They're really excellent. Newell has a great voice (had?). The writing is clever and accessible. The drums and bass are off the hook, incredibly catchy and deeply grooving.

    But I guess if you couldn't tell that just by listening to them then? I dunno... :eyebrow:
  11. I like what everybody else says! They're danceable (w/o throwing your manhood to the wind), very easy, and groovey. Their progressions to me are like... groovey greenday lol straight and to the point theoretically, but those guys get down
  12. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    The simplest answer is often the most powerful.

    Lots of bands cover Santeria, and some will do Date Rape.
    Badfish is a real popular song by Sublime, as well as Doin' Time.
    Saw Red is a good one to do for a band with female & male vocalists.

    Nowell, and yes - had.

    The rest of the lineup occasially tours but theyre now known as "Sublime with Rome" as they have this guy named Rome who sings and plays guitar with them.
  13. Nowell, thanks. I knew he was dead, just wondering what was the better tense to use for existent recordings.
  14. ncapone


    Nov 17, 2010
    I can understand what you all mean. I don't know, their songs just never really clicked with me.
  15. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ

    Oh, Sorry wrong Sublime:cool:
  16. mizzou541


    Jan 8, 2010
    KC, MO
    Sublime songs have a good, catchy groove and everyone knows the songs. Santeria will have every woman under 40 dancing so why not play it?
  17. moten33


    Jan 7, 2012
    Albion, NY
    I jam with some guys as a "side project" band at open mics and opening for some iof our friends and such. We do a lot of rock stuff but "What I Got" always seems to go over best. As people said, the crowd sings along and dances. It's what we're there for.
  18. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    Sweet Mopar!
  19. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
  20. As a bassist you should insist you play them, because Eric Wilson is an exceptioally smooth, groove-based and melodic player