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Saw Red by Sublime

Album: Robbin' The HoodReleased: 1994
  • No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani sang on this, making it into a duet running 1:57; she used to go out with Sublime lead singer Brad Nowell. On the Sublime: Stories, Tales, Lies & Exaggerations DVD, Stefani explained that Nowell wrote this in the studio and did his vocal in one take. >>
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    Vanessa - Covina, CA
  • This was recorded before either Sublime or No Doubt were famous. Both groups rose to fame in the mid-'90s on the Southern California punk scene that also featured Green Day and the Offspring and was fathered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • This is based on a popular Jamaican song called "She's Mine" by the dancehall singer Barrington Levy. Sublime recorded it as a tribute to Levy, changing the lyrics but keeping the music pretty much intact. After Sublime lead singer Brad Nowell died, their bass player and drummer formed the Long Beach Dub All-Stars, and recorded a version of this song with Levy. >>
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    Mitch - Colton, CA
  • Robbin' The Hood was Sublime's second album, released on their independent label, Skunk Records. This song was a hit with college radio, but Sublime didn't break through to the mainstream until their next (self-titled) album, which was released in 1996 after they signed with MCA Records.
  • An acoustic version appears on Bradley Nowell & Friends, released in 1998. It's just Brad and a guitar.
  • In October of 2008 this song was covered by Rome Ramirez for YouTube's "Rawsession," featuring Sublime bassist Eric Wilson. >>
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    Logan - Ottawa, KS
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Comments: 19

Thought this sight was interesting till the first "song fact" i saw on here was wrong. This is for Vanessa in Covina,CA. She says Gwen said Brad wrote his vocals for Saw Red in one take. Gwen was referring to the No Doubt song "Total Hate" which Brad appeared on not Saw Red.Greg - Boston, Ma
can confirm this. but i heard brad didnt want to be labeled as reggae, ska, punk or anything else, but as their own genre and their own "different stylee"Cody - St Joe, Mo
Just saw No doubt in concert on their new tour. And they played this song which was awesome i love this song and sublime. The crowd was a weird mix of people though not sure if i liked it(the crowd not the concert).Cameron Seagle - Matthews, Nc
None of these comments have anything to do with the meaning of the song which from the lyrics looks to me like its about a cheating girl. When he talks about being like a dog in the yard and break ups and all that stuff. And at the end he mentioned being used. Idk just a guess. But seriously this is not a brag about how much you think you know about sublime page. This is a let me guess the meaning of this song, or if you know it tell, page.Rob - Pacifica , Nj
Actually, Sublime is a third-generation Ska band and they drew strong influences from first wave Ska as well as Dancehall artists. However, they DID arise from a punk scene. As Bradley himself stated in the Westwood One Interview, Sublime was "punk rock from the get-go" and ska is just "punk rock with that upbeat" and "reggae is just the half time ska. so it was a logical progression to put them all together." There.Pedro - Chula Vista, Ca
To James: Sublime actually does have much ska in it. Ska is kind of jazzy and fast and along with reggae there are also hints of ska with the trumpets and baritone horn that you hear in a few of their songs.Wendie - Houston, Tx
Something cool about Sublime and the Red Hot Chili Peppers is that at the end of the song "All You Need" by Sublime, he says "no one can tell you you've got to be afraid" as in the song Fight like a brave by RHCPPeter - Penistown, Il
LOL RHCP have nothing to do with influencing Sublime. Totally different, but love em both. I like the LBDA version better. I suggest anyone who likes Sublime or is just discovering them and you like the sound, go out and buy "Look at all the love we've found: Tribute to Sublime" Pennywise, No Doubt, Fishbone, Los Lobos, et al. It rocks!! Wish I could've seen em live, gotta settle for cover bands =*(Bobbilyn - Jacksonville, Fl
umm btw were only gonna die was written by bad religion, biohazzrd covered itDylan - Concord, Nc
I'm commenting on both versions: the acoustic without Gwen, and the other with Gwen.
I think the acoustic version is much more beautiful and soulful. The other version's a little obnoxious, but I still like it because it has spunk, and I love Gwen's voice. I think Brad would be very disappointed to see the bubblegum sellout she's become.
Nicole - Chicago, Il
the acoustic version is by far the best version.Shannon - Sioux Falls, Sd
Accually Matthew, Sublime took their influences from many different places. To coin them ska, punk, reggae, or any single lable is to miss the bigger point. They took their influences from many Dance Hall Reggae artists, many Ska Artists, as well as many Punk artists. In fact, if you delve deeper into their first CD, 40 OZs, you'll see that they do covers from Dance Hall classics of 54/47 (Ball and Chain) to the punk sounds of Biohazard in were Only Gonna Die Form Our Own Arrogance, to the jam sesh sounds of Grateful Dead in Scarlet Begonias. Sublime pretty much developed what is now known as modern day SurfRock, where the bands range from the smooth styles of reggae to the hard hitting styles of post hardcore punk, to just straight up classic jam. You can see all of these styles in bands such as OPM, Slightly Stoopid, Livitz Livitz, The bFoundation, and many others.Dan - Reno, Nv
uh... Sublime and No Doubt have a lot of punk influence in them and so does the chili peppersBridget - Montreal, Canada
about the first comment i have to say that sublime was just good music and cant be labeled, unless that label is SublimeKaleb - Rosamond, Ca
Sublime is Ska, Punk, Raggae, and what ever else but those would have to be three main categories of their genre of music. Sublime Rocks!!!Jomama - Dowling, Canada
Just a comment on the first post:
Gwen and Bradley did not ever date. Gwen was with the band's bassist, Tony Kanal, when they formed No Doubt and they broke up before Tragic Kingdom was released.
Bex - Grand Rapids, Mi
Summer of 2001 with Jasmin, Adrian & Rick! That's all I gotta say!Iris - El Paso, Tx
Sublime is hardly what I would refer to as ska, having more reggae influence than anything, but also a large punk influence even as Bradley mentions in the song Caress Me Down.James - Traverse City, Mi
I'm sorry, but to say that No Doubt and Sublime arose from ANY punk scene is incorrect. Both were a part of the SoCal Ska scene, which included bands like Save Ferris and Reel Big Fish. Green Day came from nearby Berkeley, not SoCal. And the RHCP were a funk band from SoCal and were not a part of the SoCal punk movement (Think Epitaph Records/Bad Religion/NoFX/Blag Flag here).Matthew - New York, Ny
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