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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Court Rules No More “Sublime"

The name “Sublime” died along side Bradley Nowell in 1996. When the band lost Nowell, Sublime’s lead singer, the tragedy of his passing made them believe the name “Sublime” was dead forever. However, after a recent attempt to reinstate the previous band name, Nowell’s family stepped in and put the kibosh on anyone ever using the coined named “Sublime” again.

After adding new lead vocalist, Rome Ramirez, the band tried to rekindle the old flame that was Sublime. Too bad Nowell’s family and estate smacked them with a trademark infringement suit claiming:

"Prior to his untimely passing, both Bud and Eric acknowledged that Brad Nowell was the sole owner of the name Sublime. It was Brad's expressed intention that no one use the name Sublime in any group that did not include him, and Brad even registered the trademark ‘Sublime' under his own name."

Los Angeles court judge, Howard Martz, sided with the family and issued an injunction stopping the band from using the name “Sublime” in any form related to their music.

Rest in peace Nowell and Sublime.

-Marie Baginski
Currently listening to “Wrong Way” by The Band Formerly Known As Sublime … or something like that.

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