Sublime's Soundscape: Follow the Long Beach Band's Song Way

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In this week's cover story, you can read about how Sublime evolved into Sublime with Rome, 14 years after Bradley Nowell died. How Sublime--deeply rooted in Long Beach's iconography--made their mark on the city is part of that story. 

Sublime loved Long Beach--you can tell from their songs, which refer to street names, neighborhoods, bars and stores... lovingly or not.

"What I Got" proclaims "Sublime style's still straight from Long Beach," while "April 29, 1992" cites specific places in their hood. (Did you know that Ons Liquor Store is now A & Cherry Liquor at 1934 E. Anaheim?) Beyond song lyrics and memories, Sublime made their physical mark locally at record stores and clubs that are now long-gone.

It's hard to imagine Bradley Nowell and Sublime without Long Beach as a landmark--even places around Long Beach (such as Garden Grove) are forever immortalized in every frat boy's head via Nowell's lyrics. (The first lines Nowell sings on Sublime's self-titled, major-label debut are "We took this trip to Garden Grove/It smelled like Lou Dog inside the van.") Click the map above to see a few spots that follow Sublime's Long Beach footprint over more than 25 years.

Oh, and here's another bit of local trivia for you: the map was beautifully illustrated by Luke McGarry--you might recognize him as the singer/bassist/keyboardist  of Costa Mesa dance rock band Pop Noir

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