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Album Review

A little over two years after Bradley Nowell's tragic death, Sublime released its second posthumous album, Stand by Your Van. Sublime never had the chance to tour the material from Sublime, which turned out to be their most popular album. That means that all 16 tracks on Stand by Your Van are taken from their first two albums, before Nowell's songwriting had truly come into its own. Nevertheless, he had several good songs on 40 Oz. to Freedom and Robbin' the Hood, and by consolidating the best moments from those two relatively uneven albums, the live record offers something of a "greatest hits" of their early years. If the performances aren't that different from the studio versions — they're simply a little rawer, a little faster, a little looser — they're still strong and energetic, capturing the essence of the group's live show. Ultimately, that energy is what makes Stand by Your Van the best posthumous Sublime record to date. Nobody outside of hardcore fans needs this record, but the quality of the music is better than either the What I Got... EP or the haphazard outtakes album Second Hand Smoke, and that alone makes its release somewhat noteworthy. [Stand by Your Van was also released in a clean version, with all vulgarities removed.]

Customer Reviews


hella good exept for some squeeky noises in some tracks... i still give it 5 stars

the bands back

such a great continuation of the sublime epic!!! Close ur eyes and listen to this cd and u actually feel like ur hanging with ur friends down in long beach just kicikin it with the guys. its also one of there rarer cds because it features kelly vargas as the drummer instead of bud gaugh. this is becasue the cd is a concert cd and those songs we're recorded as bud was goin thru sum rehab. its defintily the bands most ska and rock inspired album, not a whole lotta dub can be done when ur on stage. higly reccomended to hardcore fans, and still a great cd for the average listener. viva la regaee

My Favorite

Awesome live versions of all of their work before the Sublime album. He even does a version of caress me down before he put it on an album, so the lyrics are different.


Formed: 1988 in Long Beach, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Formed in 1988 as a garage punk band, Sublime rose to fame in the mid-'90s on the back of the California punk explosion engendered by Green Day and the Offspring, though Sublime boosted their punk influences with heavy elements of reggae and ska. The band released only two albums during its first seven years, and finally found mainstream success with a self-titled release in 1996. It proved to be Sublime's last proper album, however, as lead singer Brad Nowell died in May 1996, just two months before...
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