Sublime – Robbin’ the Hood: #421 of best 1,000 albums ever!

Sublime - Robbin' the Hood

So why is Sublime’s Robbin’ the Hood on this best 1,000 albums ever thing?

Robbin’ the Hood is one of those albums that was challenging from a “where the heck does this fit into the best 1,000 albums ever?” project perspective.

In my view, it’s a great album on its face (obvs that I think that, as the kids say, as you can see that it landed at a fairly lofty slot at #421) but some of its songs are great songs that also appear on other Sublime albums, if in slightly different forms. Examples include the classic stoner song of ennui, “Don’t Push” (40oz. To Freedom) and the fun, upbeat ska punk of “Saw Red” (Second-Hand Smoke), which features Gwen Stefani of No Doubt fame.

But at 23 total songs that run for nearly an hour, there’s more than enough outstanding “exclusive material” on Robbin’ the Hood to make it well worthy of being spotlighted in the top half of the 1k albums list.

One of the great pleasures of Sublime is the band’s range and eclectic influences.

“Pool Shark” is a short number that’s simply Brad Nowell singing over acoustic guitar. It’s gorgeous and compelling (and man the lyrics are dark, especially given what we know lies in Nowell’s future) – one thing that’s easy to overlook in all of the things that one can get into with Sublime is how fantastic Nowell’s voice is – and most of all I wish that we could have gotten a full blown Sublime Unplugged album.

As is so often tragically the case when a talented artist dies way, way before their natural time, we’re left wondering what might have been had they lived.

Steppin’ Razor, a Peter Tosh cover, sounds only peripherally like most of the rest of Sublime’s catalog. It’s got a striking yet smooth and slightly mysterious sound that’s a mesh of dub and pop and reggae and lounge. It’s really good and really unique.

“S.T.P.” will feel more familiar as the Sublime Sound, a pleasurable mix of ska and punk and reggae.

Not everything on Robbin’ the Hood completely works, but its scruffy, loose, and wide-ranging sound and vibe always make it a great listen.

Some stats & info about Sublime – Robbin’ the Hood

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Rock Music, Ska Punk, Punk Rock, Punk Revival, Third Wave Ska Revival, Alternative Rock, SoCal Bands
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating – 4 out of 5 stars
  • When was Robbin’ the Hood released? 1994
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #421 out of 1,000

Sublime’s Robbin’ the Hood on Spotify

A lyrical snippet from Sublime’s Robbin’ the Hood that’s evocative of the album in some way, maybe

Wake up in the morning and it’s hard to live.

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