Bradley Nowell died 11 years ago Friday, and perhaps your response is: Who?
The musician and singer fronted a little band called Sublime. The band from Long Beach, Calif., smashed punk and reggae into something delicious; its CD, Sublime, was a mainstay in our soundtrack, especially while we were creating a magazine with Mike Wingo.
Nowell was already long gone by then. Sublime's major-label debut was released a couple months after he was found dead of a heroin overdose. Another sweet little Pisces man, laid low by smack. What a waste.
What I really wanna say is there's just one way back.
And I'll make it,
But my soul will have to wait.