Sublime: Hoodlums, Police Helicopters, and Getting Dirty at Denny’s


08-02-2022 • 42 mins

With their newfangled ska-punk, Sublime preached the gospel of Long Beach’s seedy shores unlike any band before them. They also incited a riot at the first show, vandalized their record label’s headquarters, and did unspeakable deeds to a Dennys kitchen with their mobile home’s septic tank. The group’s musical legacy is inseparable from their reputation as hoodlums and hedonists, in part because those are precisely the people Sublime wrote about. Sublime was born in California, raised in California, but before they could get much farther, Sublime died in California, too. To see the full list of contributors, see the show notes at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit