Sublime was poised to have major success by 1996. Their indie releases had created a huge amount of buzz and now they had a major label, a big-time producer and amazing songs. Sadly, lead singer Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose before he could see how successful the record would be. Producing giant hits like “What I Got” and “Santeria”, the band opened the door to a mid ’90s resurgence of ska.
Fun Fact: Many of the songs on the album are loose covers of other classics. “Doin’ Time” is basically George Gershwin’s “Summertime”. “Pawn Shop” is a direct cover of reggae hit “War Deh Round a John Stop”. “What I Got” even cribs from “Lady Madonna” by the Beatles.
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