by Robert Bell
Sublime was one of those '90s bands that outgrew — or at least expanded on — their earliest skate-punk leanings, included some other influences in the mix, and in doing so gained an oppressively enormous appeal.
For a few years there, you literally (literally!) could not escape from "Santeria" or "What I Got" no matter where you tried to hide. No longer the exclusive domain of goateed guys in baggy shorts with evil clown tattoos and wrap-around shades, Sublime's aggressively laid-back So-Cal jams were blasting out of the speakers of lowriders and duelies alike.
It was really too bad that singer and bandleader Brad Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996, right before their biggest album, "Sublime," was released. It went on to sell 5 million copies, and Sublime earned the true sign of legendary status: a tribute band, which you can hear on Sunday at Juanita's.