This Saturday, Record Store Day will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary with some exclusive releases that you can only purchase at your local, participating Record Store. Sublime will be on the roster with the repackaging of their Badfish EP to be enjoyed for the first time on Vinyl.
For the younger millennials reading this, before you had the opportunity to conveniently log on to iTunes to purchase the latest single or album, fans of music were dependent on Record Stores as their source of picking up and discovering new music. As the Record Store Day site states, Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.
Over the last decade, labels, artists & bands have participated in their support of Record Store Day offering exclusive and even limited edition releases that can only be purchased (initially) at your local record store.
Such is the case this Saturday, April 22nd as Sublime will be reissuing the 1995 release of their Badfish EP for the first time on Vinyl. Marshall Goodman explains the reissue: “These are songs we made using vinyl, back on vinyl; Remastered. Not a CD master pressing vinyl, but this is actually being mastered for vinyl – It’s going to be a whole new experience for any other vinyl that’s out there – It’s a full complete circle.”
The EP will be 5 total songs that will include the original “Don’t Push,”, an Untitled Dub recorded live on 9/9/1994, a long with a live recording of “We’re Only Gonna Die For Our Arrogance” and a 1988 recording of “Roots of Creation.” The EP has signature artwork by Opie Ortiz and the 45 Vinyl Reissue is limited to just 3,000 copies that will include extended artwork.
Last year, Sublime participated by reissuing their original Skunk Records album, Jah Won’t Pay The Bills, on vinyl for the first time! This was a cassette-only release 25 years ago, sold out of the trunk of their cars before they got signed. It was re-mastered from the original analog tapes with Brian “Big Bass” Gardner and was also reissued on cassette tape. In addition, 420 limited edition Green Cassettes and 420 limited edition Green Vinyl were made available at random.
A full list of participating stores for Record Store Day can be found at RecordStoreDay.com. If you’re reading this and you plan to treat this Record Store Day as a priority to get your hands on this limited edition reissue, then I would suggest waking up early on April 22nd to get your ass down to your local Record Store to wait in line to be sure you have an opportunity to pick up this limited edition reissue before they’re outrageously marked up and resold on Ebay from some of the more greedy, opportunistic Sublime fans.
Sublime Limited Vinyl Box-set:
And as a reminder for lovers of Sublime & Vinyl — there is still limited edition box-set of the bands entire catalog on Vinyl. This vinyl box set collection includes Sublime’s three main studio albums in 180-gram 2-LP gatefold plus 3D lenticular cover art editions, in addition to 1997’s release of Second-Hand Smoke, 1998’s Acoustic: Bradley Nowell & Friends and Stand By Your Van: Live in 180-gram pressings. The latter will include five bonus live tracks featured on the previously released CD and an etched image of Lou Dog on Side 4 — This is all exclusive to the limited edition box-set! Read more about this by clicking HERE!
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Article By: Mike Patti
Watch: Sublime – “Badfish”