Sublime Played Their Most Powerful Song at Their Last Show

“The Ballad of Johnny Butt” is one of the California band’s most moving songs, even if it’s the least-serious sounding

Sublime playing Warped Tour in Asbury Park, NJ 8/18/1995. Getty Images

For a perpetually stoned band that took very little seriously, the California band Sublime played some seriously powerful music.

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Aaron Gilbreath

Essayist, Journalist, Burritoist. Longreads Editor. Writing: Harper’s, NYT, Slate, Paris Review, VQR, Oxford American, Kenyon Review. 3 nonfiction books.