Long Beach Dub Allstars
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh met in childhood (in 1979) and later started their first garage punk band, consisting of drums, bass and vocals. They later formed Sublime with Bradley Nowell. The Long Beach Dub Allstars (LBDAS for short) were founded after Nowell died in 1996 of a heroin overdose (frequent contributors to Sublime including Michael "Miguel" Happoldt, Todd Forman, and "Field" Marshall Goodman are also members of the band).
Eric Wilson says, "We will never replace the greatness that Sublime did or what Bradley has done." The band was originally a 10-piece and they recorded their debut recording called Right Back, which shortly after completion in 1999 saw the departure of three members. Their second album, Wonders of the World was recorded and released in 2001. It featured "Sunny Hours" featuring will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas.
In 2002 rumors that the band had broken up began to surface. Apparently the band had taken a hard-drug-free vow and some of the band's members had broken this vow, which caused Bud Gaugh to quit and join Eyes Adrift with Krist Novoselic of Nirvana and Curt Kirkwood of Meat Puppets. Gaugh was also playing with Kirkwood and Michael Happoldt in the band Volcano. Eric Wilson, Trey Pangborn and RAS-1 formed Long Beach Shortbus with former Slightly Stoopid and temporary Sublime drummer, Kelly Vargas (later replaced by Damion Ramirez). Marshall Goodman, Jack Maness and Opie Ortiz formed Dubcat, with members of Hepcat. Shortbus has had slightly more success than Dubcat, though the latter has yet to release an album. Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh have been reunited in Sublime with Rome, a new incarnation of Sublime which chiefly performs songs by that band and features Rome Ramirez filling in for the late Bradley Nowell.
Their feel-good song "Sunny Hours" was used as the title track for the sitcom Joey.
Members of Hepcat included: Deston Berry, Aaron Owens and "Mr. Bassie" Dave Fuentes.
- Opie Ortiz (vocals, album artwork)
- RAS-1 (guitar, vocals)
- Jack Maness (keyboard, vocals)
- Eric Wilson (bass, Sublime)
- Bud Gaugh (drums, Sublime)
- Marshall Goodman (drums, turntables, percussion)
- Tim Wu (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, flute, vocals) now plays on and off with Reggae infused Rap-Rock group Chapter 11
- Michael "Miguel" Happoldt (guitar)
- Todd Foreman (alto saxophone, percussion)
- Isaiah Ikey Owens (Keyboard, The Mars Volta)
The group started out as a 10-piece, but Foreman and Owens left while recording for the album Right Back. It is unclear whether or not they appear on the album. Miguel left shortly after it was recorded; he is shown on the album and is credited, but is not cited as a member.
- "Sunny Hours" (2001) No. 28 Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks