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Brad Nowell
Born February 22, 1968(1968-02-22)
Flag of the United States Long Beach, California, United States
Died May 25, 1996 (aged 28)
Flag of the United States San Francisco, California, United States

Bradley James Nowell (February 22, 1968May 25, 1996) was an American musician who served as lead singer and guitarist of the popular ska-punk band Sublime. He died at the age of 28 from a heroin overdose shortly before the release of Sublime's self-titled major label debut. is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles County Government  - Mayor Bob Foster Area  - City  65. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see SKA (disambiguation). ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Sublime was a American band that originated in Long Beach, California. ... For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ... A drug overdose occurs when a chemical substance (i. ... Sublime is the hit album released by the eponymous band. ...


Bradley Nowell didn't die from a herion overdose he died in a car wreck!==Biography==

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Early life

A young Bradley Nowell performs with his band.
A young Bradley Nowell performs with his band.

Music was an integral part of Nowell's upbringing. Nowell's mother, Nancy Nowell-Watilo, is a musician who has perfect pitch, and Nowell's father, James Nowell, was fond of folk music and often played guitar during family gatherings. On holidays, Bradley Nowell often played guitar and sang with his father and uncles for hours. Brad was often able to play a song on the guitar after hearing the song only once. ImageMetadata File history File links Youngbradleynowell. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Youngbradleynowell. ... Absolute pitch is either the exact pitch of a note described by its number of vibrations per second, or the ability, commonly referred to as perfect pitch, to identify a note by name without the benefit of a reference note. ... Folk song redirects here. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ...


Nowell was ten years old when his parents divorced. After the divorce, Nowell lived with his mother in Orange County for four years. In 1981, he took up residence in Long Beach, California with his father. In contrast to the wealthier and largely white suburbs of Orange County, Long Beach had an ethnically diverse population. Because Long Beach offered lower rent than nearby Hollywood, by the 1980s the city had cultivated a thriving underground art community, including a music scene that nurtured punk, surf, and hip-hop music — three genres Nowell would later incorporate into his musical repertoire. Cities in Orange County Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles County Government  - Mayor Bob Foster Area  - City  65. ... ...


Though Bradley was by many accounts an intelligent person, he did not enjoy school. It has been reported that Nowell often convinced his sister, Kellie, to do the homework that didn't interest him. "He was probably twice as intelligent as I am", Kellie recalls, "but he just wasn't real school-minded". Eventually, Nowell was diagnosed with ADD and prescribed Ritalin. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) previously known as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), is generally considered to be a developmental disorder, largely neurological in nature, affecting about 5% of the worlds population. ... Methylphenidate (C14H19NO2), or MPH, is an amphetamine-like prescription stimulant commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. ...


When Nowell was 11 he accompanied his father on a trip to the Virgin Islands. This trip was significant in the life and career of Nowell because it was his introduction to reggae music, elements of which are often heard in Nowell's recordings. Nowell received his first guitar shortly after returning from the Virgin Islands.


Shortly after becoming interested in reggae music, Nowell became involved in hip hop and punk rock, which he later combined with reggae to create a distinctive sound. At the age of thirteen, Nowell founded his first, albeit short-lived, band: "Hogan's Heroes". Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ...


Despite his initial apathy towards schoolwork, in 1986 Nowell became an honor-roll student at Wilson High School in Long Beach, California. After graduating Wilson High School, Nowell enrolled at University of California, Santa Cruz, then at California State University, Long Beach where he pursued a degree in finance. One semester short of obtaining his Bachelor's degree, Nowell decided to leave college in pursuit of a professional music career. Wilson Science Building Woodrow Wilson Classical High School is a secondary school in Long Beach, California, USA. Wilson High School, in the Long Beach Unified School District, opened in 1926 as the second school in the city (after Long Beach Polytechnic High School). ... “UCSC” redirects here. ... California State University, Long Beach (also known as Long Beach State, Cal State Long Beach, CSULB, LBSU or The Beach) is the second largest campus of the California State University system and the third largest university in the state of California in terms of enrollment. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ...


Career with Sublime

Bradley Nowell in publicity photo with fellow Sublime members.
Bradley Nowell in publicity photo with fellow Sublime members.

In 1988, Nowell founded Sublime with bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh, whom he had met while attending Cal State Long Beach. Sublime eventually became one of the most popular bands in Southern California. Specifically, they were the most popular band on the campus of Cal State Long Beach, where they often played at parties and bars in exchange for alcohol. This is a copyrighted promotional image. ... This is a copyrighted promotional image. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Eric Wilson (born February 21, 1969), affectionally nicknamed The God of Thunder, was the bass player for Sublime (1988-1996) and also bassist for Long Beach Dub Allstars (1997-2002). ... Floyd Bud Gaugh (born October 2, 1967) is a rock music drummer who played in the bands Sublime (1988-1996), Long Beach Dub Allstars (1997-2002) and Eyes Adrift (2002-2003). ... California State University, Long Beach (also known as Long Beach State, Cal State Long Beach, CSULB or LBSU) is the largest campus of the California State University system located in Long Beach, California, at the southern coastal tip of Los Angeles County. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... California State University, Long Beach (also known as Long Beach State, Cal State Long Beach, CSULB, LBSU or The Beach) is the second largest campus of the California State University system and the third largest university in the state of California in terms of enrollment. ...


1989: Nowell and Michael "Miguel" Happoldt created Skunk Records, the label for which Sublime's early recordings were produced and distributed. Skunk Records was named for Sublime's combination Ska and Punk genre, and the names of the two were fused into "Skunk". (Skunk is also a reference to a certain marijuana strain, due to its smell.)[citation needed], The band's demo tapes were later sold at shows and local record stores. A few years later, Sublime produced its first studio recording, which resulted in the popular cassette tape called Jah Won't Pay the Bills and released it in 1991. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Miguel Happoldt. ... Skunk Records is a Long Beach, California based record label that was founded by Michael Miguel Happoldt and Bradley Nowell in 1990. ... Cannabis, also known as marijuana[1] or ganja,[2] is a psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis sativa L. subsp. ... Jah Wont Pay the Bills is an independent demo album by Sublime released in 1991. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


As Nowell prepared to tour with the new material, he found that Gaugh was battling a drug problem. Gaugh soon decided to check himself into a drug rehabilitation center. Rather than tour without Gaugh, the trio decided to focus on recording their music in the studio.


In 1992, 40 Oz. to Freedom was released. Drummers Marshall Goodman and Kelly Vargas temporarily covered for Gaugh. Sixty-thousand copies were distributed and sold from the trunk of Nowell's car. Despite growing popularity in Southern California, Sublime still had not landed a record deal with a major label. (Around this same timeframe, Nowell teamed up with longtime friend Gwen Stefani, of fellow Southern California ska band No Doubt, to record the single "Saw Red". The single was eventually released on Sublime's Robbin' the Hood album.) Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... 40 oz to Freedom is the 1992 debut album by the Southern California ska punk reggae band Sublime. ... Gwen Renée Stefani (born October 3, 1969) (IPA pronunciation: [1]), is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer and occasional actress. ... For other uses, see No Doubt (disambiguation). ... Robbin the Hood is the 1994 (see 1994 in music) second ska punk album by the Southern California rock band Sublime. ...


Frustrated by rejection of the major record companies, Nowell descended into a two-year heroin "experiment". Nowell claimed that his heroin use was justified, claiming it aided with his artistic creativity, thereby increasing the likelihood that his material would attract the attention of a major label. The record industry (or recording industry) is the industry that manufactures and distributes mechanical recordings of music. ... For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ...


About a year later, Tazy Phillipz took a copy of 40 Oz to Freedom to Los Angeles radio station KROQ, requesting that Sublime's "Date Rape" be added to the playlist. Soon after, MCA records picked up 40 Oz. to Freedom for nationwide distribution. The album soon entered the Billboard charts. KROQ is a commercial rock and roll music radio station in Los Angeles, California, broadcasting on 106. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ... KROQ is a commercial rock and roll music radio station in Los Angeles, California, broadcasting on 106. ...


Attention from a major label did not curb Nowell's drug use. His use of heroin increased. He had been known to sometimes pawn his guitars to support his habit. Miguel would have to go find the pawn shop and buy the guitars back. His song Pawn Shop was written about these incidents. Nowell's struggles with addiction were occasionally reflected in his artistic work. The song Pool Shark is one of the most obvious examples of Nowell's drug dependency being referred to in his music: "Take it away but I want more and more, One day I'm gonna lose the war". Lying in my plastic bed Thinking how things werent so cool to me My baby likes to shoot pool I like lying naked in my bedroom Tying on the dinosaur tonight Used to be so cool Now Ive got the needle And I can shake But I can...


In February 1996, Sublime returned to the studio to record the bulk of their self-titled major label debut album. Production was done by Paul Leary (producer of Marcy Playground and Meat Puppets) of the Butthole Surfers at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio in Austin, Texas. At this time, Nowell's addiction was about as bad as it had ever been. He spent about four thousand dollars on heroin that month while recording the tracks. Leary often feared that by putting out this record he would be exploiting a junkie. Nowell was flown home early from the sessions due to the extent of his drug use. 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For the album, see Marcy Playground (album) Marcy Playground is an American alternative rock or post-grunge band. ... The Meat Puppets are an American rock band formed in January 1980, in the Sunnyslope neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Butthole Surfers are an American rock band founded in 1981 by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas. ... Willie Nelson (born Willie Hugh Nelson, April 30, 1933) is an American entertainer and songwriter, born and raised in Abbott, Texas. ... Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County. ...


Death

Bradley Nowell's headstone.
Bradley Nowell's headstone.

Three days after Nowell's marriage to Troy Dendekker, Sublime embarked on a five-day tour through California cities in preparation for a summer tour of Europe. The European tour was intended as a means of promotion of their upcoming major label debut album. On May 25, 1996, before checking out of San Francisco's Ocean View Motel, Sublime's drummer Gaugh, who was sharing a room with him at the time, found Nowell's body lying on the bed with his feet still on the floor. Nowell had died of a heroin overdose. Nowell's last performance took place at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, California. This performance became known as the "Play Nice In the Pit" show. Image File history File links Bradleynowellheadstone. ... Image File history File links Bradleynowellheadstone. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Phoenix Theater is an all-ages club located in Petaluma, CA. The Phoenix Theater was first built in 1896 as the Hill Opera House. ... Aerial view of Petaluma, California. ...


Nowell was cremated and his ashes were distributed over the water of his favorite surf spot, Surfside. A headstone was placed at Westminster Memorial in Westminster, California in his memory. At the memorial service on June 1, 1996, Bradley Nowell's father, Jim Nowell, said: The crematorium at Haycombe Cemetery, Bath, England. ... For other uses, see Surfing (disambiguation). ... Surfside, CA (looking northwest toward Long Beach) Surfside, CA (looking southeast toward Huntington Beach) Surfside (or Surfside Colony) is a small gated community with three rows of houses, lettered A, B, and C. Surfside is part of Seal Beach, California and is located on the west side of Pacific Coast... Location of Westminster within Orange County, California. ... Underwater funeral in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea A funeral is a ceremony marking a persons death. ... is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...

"Brad will always live for me in his son, Jake, and we can all seek relief from our grief by loving and nurturing the son he gave to us. Brad touched many people with his caring personality and musical genius and we are all lucky to have had him in our lives. Men who have lived longer have achieved less and I am content that he is now at peace".

Troy Nowell, Bradley's widow, has said that she believes he achieved all he hoped to achieve in his life. She said that Bradley Nowell had wanted to be a father, reconnect with his family, to have a band that achieved "glory", and record a wonderful album [1]. According to Troy, Bradley Nowell did indeed achieve all of these things in his 28 years.


A few weeks after Nowell's death, fellow Southern California band No Doubt headlined a "cautionary" benefit concert in tribute to Nowell. Nowell's widow and the various bands who performed wanted to make it clear that they were not glamorizing the way that Nowell died, but that they wanted to celebrate his life as well as establish a college fund for his year-old son, Jakob. For other uses, see No Doubt (disambiguation). ... A benefit concert is a concert featuring musicians, comedians, or other performers that is held for a charitable purpose, often directed at a specific and immediate humanitarian crisis. ...


In a January 11, 1997 Los Angeles Times article titled "Cautionary Concert in Rocker's Memory", writer Jerry Crowe quoted No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal as saying: "Obviously, it's going to be very emotional because you're there playing a show to commemorate a good friend who passed away-and died for very wrong reasons. But you're also there to change things for the future and prevent stuff like that from ever happening again. A lot of times we hear about musicians using drugs and it's so blase and cliched. You just kind of say, 'Oh, he'll be fine. Somebody will take care of him.' But that's not true. It's important for every single one of us to stand up and say, 'Enough of this shit.' It's time to make a difference". [2] is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... This just IN !!!:paris hiltons new dog. ... Tony Ashwin Kanal (born August 27, 1970 in Kingsbury, London, England) is the bassist for the US band No Doubt. ...


Jason Westfall, one of Sublime's managers, was quoted as saying that the surviving members of Sublime had no interest in continuing to perform and record under the "Sublime" name. "Just like Nirvana, Sublime died when Brad died", Westfall said. [3]


Posthumous career

The cover of Sublime's major label debut album.
The cover of Sublime's major label debut album.

In light of Nowell's death, record executives considered not releasing Sublime's major label debut album. After some debate, the album was eventually released, though the album's original title, "Killin' It", was substituted with an eponymous title. Sublime's major label debut album Sublime was released on July 30, 1996. Image File history File links Sublimecoverbradleyback. ... Image File history File links Sublimecoverbradleyback. ... Sublime is the hit album released by the eponymous band. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


By 1997, the album entered Billboard's Top 20, and its first single, the largely acoustic hip hop-influenced "What I Got", soon became the number one song on the Modern Rock chart. Throughout 1997, the album produced three more radio hits: the ska ballad "Santeria", the anti-prostitution anthem song called "Wrong Way" and the George Gershwin-inspired dance song "Doin' Time". The accompanying music videos from Sublime for radio hits including Santeria, What I Got, and Wrong Way received heavy rotation on MTV, with previously filmed footage of Nowell performing live interspersed into the video. For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... What I Got is a song from Sublimes eponymous third album and was the bands biggest radio hit, posthumously after singer Bradley Nowells 1996 heroin overdose. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Santeria is a song on Sublimes eponymous third album. ... Wrong Way is a song from Sublimes self-titled third album which fits squarely within the punk rock-inspired third wave ska movement of the 1990s. ... Gershwin redirects here. ... Doin Time is a song appearing on the band Sublimes monumental self-titled 3rd album. ... A music video (also video clip, promo) is a short film or video meant to present a visual representation of a popular music song. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ...


To the surprise of many, Sublime became arguably the most successful American rock act of 1997. The album Sublime has since sold over 5 million copies. For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


Relationships

Marriage and fatherhood

Bradley Nowell holding his son Jakob.

While on tour in the mid-1990s, Nowell met Troy Dendekker. Dendekker grew up in Southern California, in a home with a drug addicted mother and a father who was also a drug user and a member of a motorcycle gang. In an interview, Dendekker, who has considered a career as a drug and alcohol counselor, stated that she loves addicts because they are ultimately kind people. Dendekker also said that she does not have anger towards her parents regarding the way she was brought up because, as she phrased it, her parents were "real". Image File history File links Bradleyandjakobnowell. ... Image File history File links Bradleyandjakobnowell. ...


In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Dendekker said that Nowell was very happy and pleasant to be around when he was under the influence of substances, but that when he wasn't under the influence Nowell could be very difficult. The goal, Dendekker said, was to try to have Nowell be as happy sober as he was when he was high. To that end, Nowell attempted detoxification and drug rehabilitation several times, but such treatments usually had short-lived success which usually disappointed Nowell's family and friends. Bandmate Bud Gaugh tried to be supportive of Nowell in his recovery, and occasionally in his usage. Gaugh has said he tried to be Nowell's "conscience", and in some cases Gaugh tried to be Nowell's "drug buddy." This article is about the magazine. ... Detox, short for detoxification, in general is the removal of toxic substances from the body. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


In September 1994, Nowell and Dendekker conceived a child. On June 25, 1995, Dendekker gave birth to their son, Jakob James Nowell. In an attempt to better fulfill his compounding responsibilities as both husband and father, Nowell again attempted to overcome his drug dependency, but was unsuccessful. 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


Lou Dog

Lou Dog on the cover of a Sublime box set compilation.
Lou Dog on the cover of a Sublime box set compilation.

Named after Nowell's grandfather[citation needed], Louie, or "Lou Dog" as he was often called, was Bradley Nowell's pet Dalmatian who became something of a mascot for the band Sublime. Lou Dog was often allowed to wander the stage during live Sublime concert performances. Louie was also often featured on the cover of Sublime albums, and was often referred to in the lyrics of Sublime songs. The first lyrics Nowell sings on Sublime's major label debut album are, "We took this trip to Garden Grove/It smelled like Lou Dog inside the van". And in Sublime's most successful radio track, What I Got, Nowell sings, "Livin' with Louie Dog's the only way to stay sane." Lou Dog was named in tribute to Bradley's grandfather, Louie Nowell. He also mentions his Dalmatian in What I Got other times, like in the lyric "I Got a Dalmatian, and I can still get high" as well as "I don't cry when my dog runs away." The song Doin' Time also refers to Lou Dog in the line "Me and Louie run to the party." Image File history File links Loudogcover. ... Image File history File links Loudogcover. ... A box set (sometimes referred to as a boxed set) is one or more musical recordings, films, television programs, or other collection of related things that are contained in a box. ... The Dalmatian is a breed of dog, noted for its white coat with either black or liver spots. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... What I Got is a song from Sublimes eponymous third album and was the bands biggest radio hit, posthumously after singer Bradley Nowells 1996 heroin overdose. ... What I Got is a song from Sublimes eponymous third album and was the bands biggest radio hit, posthumously after singer Bradley Nowells 1996 heroin overdose. ... Doin Time is a song appearing on the band Sublimes monumental self-titled 3rd album. ...


In the early 1990s, Lou Dog disappeared for a week. In the video Sublime — Stories, Tales, Lies, & Exaggerations, Troy Nowell (Bradley Nowell's widow) says that for the week during which Lou Dog was lost, Nowell spent a great deal of time lying on the couch crying in response to the loss of his dog. Lou Dog was eventually returned to Nowell, who, in response to the situation, later covered the Camper Van Beethoven song "The Day That Lassie Went To The Moon" and changed it to "Lou Dog Went to the Moon" ; this song is available on the Nowell bootleg "Firecracker Lounge" [6] [7]. While Lou was missing Nowell also recorded this song to his home answering machine as a sort of audio lost dog poster. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Camper Van Beethoven is an American alternative rock group. ... For other uses, see Bootleg. ... ...


In many retail and grocery stores throughout America there exists a brand of hard (alcoholic) lemonade predictably titled "Sublime Hard Lemonade". On every bottle, regardless of flavor etc there is a paw print and a quote saying "Louie Approved". [citations needed]


Following Nowell's 1996 death, Lou Dog was cared for by Skunk Records co-founder Michael "Miguel" Happoldt. Lou Dog died on September 17, 2001. is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


Comparisons With Kurt Cobain

Despite the fact that he died before his band Sublime became famous, Nowell has become a pop culture icon in the tradition of Kurt Cobain, to whom Nowell is occasionally compared.[4] In the August 12, 1996, Time Magazine article "When the Music's Over," Christopher John Farley wrote, "Nowell might have been to ska what Kurt Cobain was to grunge a big, blazing talent who introduces the mainstream to a new musical world. Nowell, however, played the Cobain role a bit too well, and Sublime, like Nirvana, will be best remembered as a band with history-making potential that perished before its full potential or, in Sublime's case, before most Americans had even heard of it." Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ... For other uses, see SKA (disambiguation). ... Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that became a commercially successful offshoot of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... This article is about the American grunge band. ...


The comparison of Nowell to Cobain might be more substantial than it would at first appear. Nowell had stated that Kurt Cobain was an inspiration whom he aspired to emulate. Nowell occasionally justified his heroin use by reminding family and friends that Kurt Cobain achieved critical acclaim and commercial success despite his drug use. Further, Nowell is said to have believed heroin use was a key ingredient in Cobain's creativity and success. As justification for his own heroin use, Nowell occasionally indicated that he believed drug use would aid him in his musical creativity as well.


Troy Nowell, Bradley Nowell's widow, would later blame Ritalin use for predisposing Bradley Nowell to heroin dependency in his adulthood. Years previous, Courtney Love, widow of Kurt Cobain, made the same comment with regard to the addiction of her own husband. As a child, Kurt Cobain was placed on Ritalin for the same reason as Bradley Nowell: both men were diagnosed with ADD, for which Ritalin was deemed suitable treatment. [5] Methylphenidate (C14H19NO2), or MPH, is an amphetamine-like prescription stimulant commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. ... Courtney Love[1] (born Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964) is an American rock musician. ... Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) previously known as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), is generally considered to be a developmental disorder, largely neurological in nature, affecting about 5% of the worlds population. ...



Both Nowell's and Cobain's parents divorced during Nowell's and Cobain's respective childhoods, and both seem to have been greatly impacted by the breakdown of their parents' marriages. There has been speculation that both men suffered a lifelong guilt about the divorce of their parents.


On Vh1's Behind the Music: Sublime music journalist Heidi Siegmund Cuda, author of Bradley Nowell: Crazy Fool, predicted future critical praise for Bradley Nowell, stating, "People critically don't think of Brad in terms of the Jim Morrisons and the Kurt Cobains, but they will." VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... For the album by The Soundtrack of Our Lives, see Behind the Music (album). ... A music critic is someone who reviews music (including printed music, performances and recorded music) and publishes writing on them in books or journals (or on the internet). ... For other persons named James or Jim Morrison, see James Morrison. ... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ...


References in popular culture

Bradley is referenced in a line from the NOFX song "Doornails". "And this fix is for Bradley", sings Fat Mike. The song is from their album "Wolves in Wolves' Clothing" which is primarily concerned with, and is a tribute to, deceased drug-using punk rock musicians. NOFX is an American punk rock band formed in Los Angeles, California (now based in San Francisco), in 1983. ... Michael Burkett, more commonly known as Fat Mike, is the lead singer and bassist of the popular punk band NOFX, as well as bass player for Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Bradley is also the main subject of a song by French Canadian rock band Subb, that mentions Sublime, their musical style, and also Brad's dalmatian, Lou Dog. This song was composed mixing Sublime's lines and thoughts. French Canadian is a term that has several different connotations. ...


See also

Sublime was a American band that originated in Long Beach, California. ... For other uses, see SKA (disambiguation). ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... For other uses, see Dub. ... The Long Beach Dub Allstars were a punk band formed in 1997 and disbanded in 2002. ... Long Beach Shortbus is a reggae influenced punk band from Long Beach, CA, United States. ... Rewind Selector is a bootleg album containing songs from the band Sublime. ...

References

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Bradley Nowell blended the sounds and styles he heard around him in Long Beach, California and used them to develop his own blend of music - mixing genres that didn’t seem to belong together but made for excellent gigs.
Bradley Nowell was born in 1968 and grew up with the stigma of attention deficit disorder and the associated (incorrect) assumption that he wasn’t very clever.
Coupled with his parents’ divorce it was a difficult childhood but in 1981, at the age of eleven, he made a discovery that changed his life.
Bradley Nowell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2994 words)
Nowell claimed that his heroin use was justified, claiming it aided with his artistic creativity, thereby increasing the likelihood that his material would attract the attention of a major label.
She said that Bradley Nowell had wanted to be a father, reconnect with his family, to have a band that achieved "glory", and record a wonderful album [4].
Nowell's widow and the various bands who performed wanted to make it clear that they were not glamorizing the way that Nowell died, but that they wanted to celebrate his life as well as establish a college fund for his year-old son, Jakob.
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