Sublime was a SoCal ska-punk band with a future.
In the spring of 1996, they were just about to release their third album, a major label thing called Killin’ It that had “hit” written all over it. But then on May 25, 1996, singer Brad Nowell was found dead of a heroin overdose.
The original title of the album was dropped and was released as a self-titled CD and then band broke up. Since then, somewhere around 6 million copies of that record have been sold and along with millions of older records and compilations made up of stuff found in the vaults.
But thirteen years later, Sublime was resurrected with a new singer named Rome. Nice—except for the fact that Brad Nowell’s family believed this group should not be called Sublime. They even went to court over it. So far, though, the surviving members have managed to win and the name endures.