Drummer Bud Gaugh was an integral component of the sound of Sublime, the
Southern California ska-punk/dub band that broke up following
singer/guitarist Brad Nowell's 1996 death.
Gaugh and Sublime's other surviving member, bassist Eric Wilson, just
released the first album by their post-Sublime band, the Long Beach Dub
Floyd "Bud" Gaugh was born 32 years ago today in California. His family
lived across an alleyway from Wilson, and the two men have been friends
since their youth.
Gaugh and Wilson began playing music and surfing together at Seal Beach,
Calif. The pair would also go to concerts by local punk bands. The lyric
"punk rock changed our lives" from one of those bands, the Minutemen,
was sampled by Sublime on their first LP.
Wilson's father, a big-band drummer, taught Gaugh the instrument. Wilson
had played music with Nowell in the sixth grade, then Nowell moved to
Santa Cruz to attend college. During a break from school, Nowell was
introduced to Gaugh by Wilson and the three formed Sublime.
After selling cassettes of their music at their shows, Sublime recorded
their 1992 debut LP 40 Oz. to Freedom (RealAudio
excerpt of title cut). The band issued the album on its own
The record sold well via word of mouth, but Nowell soon began experimenting
with hard drugs. Sublime's follow-up, Robbin' the Hood (1994),
was recorded for the most part in a Long Beach crack house with an addicted
Nowell. Gaugh had battled drugs in the past and tried to assist Nowell
with his problem. Shortly before the sophomore LP's release, a local
radio station made a hit of "Date Rape," from Sublime's first album.
Sublime also played before its growing fanbase of surfers and skateboarders
when it co-headlined gigs on the first Vans Warped Tour.
But it was Sublime's eponymous 1996 album, released on MCA nearly two
months after Nowell's death, that became a huge success. Nowell was found
dead from a heroin overdose in a San Francisco hotel room. "What I Got,"
from the LP, became a hit with modern-rock radio, and the album was
certified gold. It also featured such tracks as "Same in the End" and
"April 29, 1992 (Miami)."
Second Hand Smoke, a rarities and remixes LP, followed in 1997.
The following year came Live: Stand by Your Van. Last year the
band issued Acoustic: Bradley Nowell & Friends.
Also in 1998, a Sublime documentary, "Stories, Tales, Lies & Exaggerations,"
was released on home video by director Josh Fischel.
Fischel said of Sublime: "One thing I always noticed in hanging out with
them is that it really [was] a family. ... They're storytellers, and they
tell their story so well, but every time you talk to one of them, it
changes or it sounds different."
On Sept. 21, the Long Beach Dub All-Stars issued Right Back,
featuring reggae musicians such as Barrington Levy, Half-Pint and Tippa;
hardcore Bad Brains singer HR; and guitarist Fletcher Dragge of punk
group Pennywise. The All-Stars feature a number of vocalists, including
Earlier this year, a vinyl version of 40 Oz. to Freedom was offered
on Sublime's retail website (www.sublimedirect.com) and then made available
in record stores.
Other birthdays: Leon Rausch (Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys), 72;
Jimmy Torres (String-a-Longs), 60; Lolly Vegas (Redbone), 60; Ron Meagher
(Beau Brummels), 58; Don McLean, 54; Richard Hell (Television, Voidoids),
50; Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + the Mechanics), 49; Sting, 48; John
Otway, 47; Phil Oakey (Human League), 44; Freddie Jackson, 41; Robbie
Nevil, 39; Dion Allen (Az Yet), 29; Tiffany, 28; and LaTocha Scott