Yesterday marked 15 years since Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose mere weeks before his band's self-titled major-label debut was released. The disc went platinum five times over and generated the Number One single "What I Got" and the '96-'97 radio staples "Santeria," "Wrong Way," and "Doin' Time," making Nowell a beloved icon, posthumously.The OC Weekly put Nowell on their cover and did a special package this week celebrating his life and legacy, but it seems like everyone else on the milestone-obsessed Internet forgot about him yesterday. AOL did a story two days ago about a new song from Sublime With Rome, the band comprised of Nowell's former bandmates and a replacement singer, that didn't mention that the anniversary of his death was the following day. Spin was mum. Nothing from Rolling Stone, who had done an excellent piece on the band's significance in December 1997.
Let's rectify this right now -- with apologies to Nowell's family and fans for being a day late, here are some of his most memorable moments:
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- Bradley Nowell