Sublime/Anarchism

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Greetings, Andy and everybody reading this! I want to thank you for all the information you so lovingly put out there. Much appreciated. From the lyrical themes and behavior I got some ideas. Were Sublime (or Brad!) anarchists?

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Marcelo,

Thanks for the good question.  I haven't had a query in a while so I need to get off my lazy butt and write you back.

Punk rockers like Brad are very often associated with anarchism which is a fair connection to make especially punk rockers of the 80's.  I would say that Brad was not an anarchist at all, especially as a political idea.  He probably would have been very curious intellectually to see what would happen and this curiosity comes across in the song, "April 26, 1992."  Brad was fascinated by life, especially the parts of life when it didn't go by the script, as we say.  

One of the first songs that Brad exposed me to and it remains one of my favorites today is "Anarchy Burger" by the Vandals.  I'm not sure if Brad was ever recorded covering this song but it was one of those songs that had an influence on him as most Vandal songs did.

Brad was not an anarchist but at times he would embrace chaos.  He just liked to see what would happen when people did stupid stuff.  He liked to see the reaction of all people to random acts of mischief and chaos.  Two songs that come to mind with these themes are "Ebin" and "What Happened."

Have a rockin' Christmas/December Holiday season.  

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I lived with Brad for two years and I was a close friend of his so I feel like I am pretty qualified to answer some questions about Sublime. I will do my best to answer questions about Bud, Eric, Miguel and of course Brad. I should also be qualified to answer a few questions about Brad's lyrics that are in Spanish. With many topics though, like merchandise, bootlegs, and many other things I am completely under qualified. Refer these questions and any others that require extensive research to Matt (ha, ha, ha.)

Experience

Most of my experience in the area obviously comes from living with and hanging out with Brad. I've read the Crazy Fool book twice and I've also watched Stories, Tales, Lies, and Exaggerations along with countless other interviews and videos. When it really comes down to it though, I have not become a Sublime scholar like Matt has. If you want a personal insight on some questions then I am your man for the job.

Publications
Some of my writings about Sublime have appeared on the Sublime Forum and on the Sublime Wiki.

Education/Credentials
I am not sure if it matters but I am a college graduate. Adequate writing skills combined with my personal experience enable me to answer many questions. If I don't feel like I can answer a question well, I will tell you so or refer you to Matt.

Past/Present Clients
I do not financially benefit from anything Sublime. I do not sell or deal with Sublime merchandise, bootlegs or other recordings. My interest in being a Sublime "expert" is mostly altruistic. I've seen a lot of lies, half-truths and exaggerations out there about Brad and Sublime so I would like to debunk some of these myths or falsifications if possible.

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