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Fame and Misfortune Luck works in strange ways In 1994 when sublimes first cd 40oz to Freedom starting getting play on LAs KROQ Bradley Nowell never knew just how much fame he would achieve Bradley was your typical surf-rat from south Cali He got his first guitar at 12 He grew up listening to punk bands like the Circle Jerks the Ramones and the Misfits Sublime consisted of Bradley Nowell Floyd Bud Gough and Eric Wilson They were big on the campus of CSULB California State University at Long Beach In 1990 before Brad could earn his finance degree he dropped out of school to tour with his band While Brad was a pretty mellow guy biographers have said that there were times when he was never really happy and it used to eat him up He had a huge heroin addiction which is what eventually killed him His wife Troy 2 blamed it on Ritalin and all the drugs he had been prescribed as a kid for his ADD He was a musical genius though In one of their best songs Bradley says Now I have the needle but I cant shake but I cant breathe Take it away and I want more and more One day Im gonna lose the war Referring to his heroin addiction The best way Sublimes music can be described is as a mix of the Bad Religion Bob Marley and a little Jimmy Hendrix all thrown in the mix Bradleys rise to stardom started when he started playing guitar at age 12 Pretty soon he was in and out of bands doing talent shows and playing parties Sublimes first cd 40oz to Freedom was under their own record label Rumor has it that the first 10000 or so cds were sold at parties concerts and even out of the bands cars Soon they were signed by a small record company and recorded Robbin the Hood at
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