Sublime
Jah Won't Pay the Bills


4.0
excellent

Review

by dub sean USER (37 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2007 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Through the low quality and weak sound, Sublime really gets their music to shine through, showing some real potential.

The Demo Tape. Every young developing band has one. That one demo that launches them to success. The tape that somehow lands into the hands of a producer and is immediately recognized as pure genius. For Sublime, this demo tape was called Jah Won't Pay the Bills. Luckily for them, jah would soon be paying their bills. According to Wikipedia, these tracks were originally released in a now rare cassette the tracks 1-5 are in side A and 6-10 on side B.

Of course, a demo tape isn't going to sound like the album of the year. The quality hear is really low, as it was recorded by Sublime themselves. However, this demo tape contains some real potential for what was to come. Sublime was the band that pioneered mixing elements of rock and reggae into their music. This was a unique sound at the time, and obviously opened the eyes of record companies. Listen to the opening track DJs, for example. The drums and bass during are pure talent, leading up to the catchy chorus.

Many of the tracks on here are just rough versions of songs to come. For instance, Date Rape is played without the famous horn intro everyone knows it for. However, it still has that Sublime sound and energy like we will hear later in Sublime's career. Don't forget the precious version of Ball and Chain, which will later be melded with 54-46 That's My Number to create a double track, is found here played solo. Even through the low quality recordings, the musical genius is prominent in the music, as well as the major talent of the band members. Though Live at E's is silly at parts, with the verses sung by bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh, it is still representing that the band is having fun doing what they do, whether they are signed by a record company or not.

Whether you like this demo or not, you have to realize that it's a demo, it is just Sublime's calling to try and get recognized. They used what they had available to them to create the best music that they could. Eventually, frontman Bradley Nowell would go on to develop Skunk Records, and the rest is history.

Obviously, if you are just getting into Sublime or you know nothing about them, I would stick with finding their major releases, 40 Oz. To Freedom or their self-titled album. Chances are if you are not a huge Sublime fan, you won't be able to find this anyway.



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IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 23rd 2007


4948 Comments


so, judging by your taste, how much weed do you smoke?

fix that quote.

I don't see how it's 4 by the review, sounds more like in the 3-3.5 range by the review, but it's still a pretty good review. This Message Edited On 07.23.07

dub sean
July 23rd 2007


1000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha..um..would a lot answer that question..or would I have to be detailed and say about a half ounce a week.

hyperboleking
July 23rd 2007


407 Comments


good review for a below average band. the quotes a tad annoying though.

dub sean
July 23rd 2007


1000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks and I gave your Sgt. Pepper album a + vote even though I disagree. It was well-written, unlike your other 2.

Aficionado
July 23rd 2007


1027 Comments


I agree with Isitluck about the rating...nonetheless a good review even though the quote is a pain in the ass considering it lengthens your review by what 2-3 paragraphs would do.

Fort23
July 23rd 2007


3017 Comments


Two in a day, good job Sean. Record looks good.

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HotSalvation
July 23rd 2007


258 Comments


haha below average band...haha

descendents1
July 23rd 2007


702 Comments


Take out the tacky wiki quote and you have yourself a good review. It's not so bad because you don't even necessarily need to restate the information (because it's unnecessary). You convey that it's a demo and that's good enough.

cjwbball51
July 23rd 2007


14 Comments


why the fuck did you quote wikiwhaty? are that big of a nerd you quote ENCYCLOPEDIAS! I feel like im taking crazy pills!

dub sean
July 23rd 2007


1000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

okay gosh the quote is gone.

descendents1
July 24th 2007


702 Comments


Awesome review, now go blaze it and give us another one.

dub sean
July 24th 2007


1000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

will do

Flatliner
May 1st 2010


668 Comments


dont cha hate how the same songs are pretty much on every cd?

jayt851
January 6th 2014


343 Comments


Sublime is no below average band fool. They helped rule the 90s

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wham49
April 20th 2016


4115 Comments


this just got released on RSD in vinyl and cassette

ImGonnaDJ
October 2nd 2016


6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"this just got released on RSD in vinyl and cassette"

And I got it on cassette, enjoying right now (don't get fooled by the rating, my system is different) :D .

wham49
October 2nd 2016


4115 Comments


i grabbed the vinyl



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