Date Of Release: original release June 1992 re-release July 18 1996
Label: Skunk Records, re-released on Gasoline alley/MCA
Genre: Ska/Punk

Members:Bradley Nowell (Vocals and Guitar)
Bud Gaugh: Drums
Eric Wilson: Bass Guitar

Track List:
  1. "Waiting for My Ruca"– 2:20
  2. "40oz. to Freedom" – 3:02
  3. "Smoke Two Joints" – 2:53
  4. "We're Only Gonna Die for Our Arrogance" - 3:27
  5. "Don't Push"– 4:18
  6. "5446 That's My Number/Ball and Chain"– 5:17
  7. "Badfish"– 3:04
  8. "Let's Go Get Stoned"– 3:32
  9. "New Thrash"– 1:30
  10. "Scarlet Begonias"– 3:31
  11. "Live at E's" (Nowell)- 3:08
  12. "D.J.s" (Nowell)– 3:18
  13. "Chica Me Tipo"– 2:16
  14. "Right Back"– 2:49
  15. "What Happened"– 3:27
  16. "New Song"– 3:14
  17. "Ebin"– 3:32
  18. "Date Rape"– 3:37 (4:38)
  19. "Hope"– 1:43
  20. "KRS-One" – 2:23
  21. "Rivers of Babylon"- 2:29
  22. "Thanx Dub" 4:23 (6:23)

VITAL STATS40 oz To Freedom was sublimes debut album, released in 1992. Initially the album was only sold at their live shows in southern California but has sold over 2,000,000 in the U.S. alone copies since then certifying it as multi-platnium. The album is very diverse and blends many different types of music such as dub, roots reggae, and ska with American punk rock creating a very unique sound. The first single off the album and most popular song was "Date Rape" other popular songs off of the album include "badfish" and "smoke two joints." The album peaked at number 15 on the Billbaord heatseekers chart in 1995. Technical DetailThis album sounds nothing like many other albums because of its diverse sound. Sublime used guitar, bass, and drums as most rock bands do but also included saxophones trumpets and other horns on many tracks giving them a ska sound. The album was recorded in Bradley Nowell"s studio using digital technology but was not heavily produced at all, the band wanted a more raw real sound like many punk bands use. The album uses some sampling, the intro of the song "Smoke Two Joints" is a sample from the movie "reefer madness" and the into to "Badfish" is a sample recorded from one of the bands very early live shows. Cultural AnalysisMost sublime fans are part of generation X and sublimes music does a great job representing that culture. Gen X kids were angry at the world and didn't care about much, but they loved to party. Sublimes lyrics reflected this a great deal, and so did the band members themselves. In the song "We're only gonna die for our arrogance" Nowell expresses how he believes modern culture is all based upon us destroying each other and battling for power which will lead to our ultimate demise. The track "40oz to freedom" that the album takes it name from states that the answers to life's questions can be found at a liquor store. The band members themselves were very rebellious and did whatever they wanted while on tour or recording which did not make them very popular with their tour managers. They were all arrested numerous times for possession of narcotics while on tour and refused to go on stage without their dogs, which led to a number of fans being bit. Teens at the time loved the message sublime was sending, that the world is a terrible place and you can find happiness in drugs and alcohol. Sublime was influenced by a number of different groups on this album, so many in fact that the last track on the album entitled "Thanx" is a thank you to all their influences and those who helped record the album. Some of their biggest influences were other local California reggae groups KRS-ONE and Half-pint but the band was also influenced by Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Beastie Boys, NWA, Public Enemy, and numerous other groups. The album has six cover tracks on it "Smoke Two Joints" by The Toyes, "We're only gonna Die" by Bad Religion, "54-46 Thats My Number" by Toots and the Maytals, "Scarlet Begonias" by Grateful Dead,"Rivers of Babylon" by The Melodians, and "Hope" by The Decsendents. Sublime themselves have also influenced other bands that are popular today like Slightly Stoopid and Rebelution. MEDIA We're Only Gonna Die For Our Arrogance Scarlet Begonias
40 oz. to freedom