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Badfish’s favorite songs sure to be ‘sublime’ for fans

Badfish returns to Levels Nightclub for an evening of Sublime cover songs.
Badfish returns to Levels Nightclub for an evening of Sublime cover songs. Photo provided

Back by popular demand, Badfish returns to Levels Nightclub on March 1, performing the classic songs of Sublime and doing justice to the band’s fusion of reggae, rock, ska, punk and hip hop. Fans of Sublime and Badfish surely have their favorite songs, but what makes Scott Begin (drums), Pat Downes (lead vocalist and guitar) and Joel Hanks (bass) want to get on stage and rock the house down every night?

Scott Begin

“Badfish”: This always struck me as the quintessential Sublime song, which is a big reason why we chose it as a band name. Great melody and lyrics, very memorable guitar solo. This is always a favorite when we perform.

“Seed”: As a drummer, this song is a lot of fun to play live. Great intro from a snare drum roll to the frantic punk-rock tempo that settles into a half-time groove. The tempos and feels in the song are constantly changing, which keeps me on my toes. Another song with a great guitar solo and an ode to surf rock, for sure.

“D.J.S.”: Another one from the first album, this song features a great dance-hall beat, tons of cool sound effects, a great chorus, and wraps up with Special’s “A Message to Rudy.” A lot of fun on the drums for me as well, being that there are few songs we play in this style.

“Same in the End”: This song is a straight up fast rock song. Great fast guitar skanking in the verses and heavy guitar in the choruses. No tricks needed for this song. Right into the vocal from the top, and a quick guitar line to wrap it up. Big energy.

“Doin’ Time”: We’ve had a lot of fun with this one lately. We’ve finally gotten around to digging up all the samples that were used in the Sublime version and we’ve done our best to incorporate them live. I’m triggering a Beastie Boys sample and Dorian (Duffy, keyboards and guitar) has a couple more obscure ones that he’s triggering. Additionally, Joel has been playing the bass synth on a keyboard. It’s fun to really get down to the details to try to deliver the song and make it sound as true to the original as possible.

Pat Downes (guitar/lead vocals)

“Seed”: This song switches from punk to reggae to ska and surf rock so seamlessly it’s not even funny... epic.

“Date Rape”: Growing up a horn player, I have a deep appreciation for woodwinds, and they are the main riff in this tune.

“KRS One”: There are a few main things that get me about this song. I love the main vocal melody, the fact that it’s a mellow acoustic song, and that it has DJ scratches and samples. And the outro vocal run ... it’s just done right.

“Garden Grove”: “Garden Grove” ushers the listener into the self-titled album with a single note. To me it’s a perfect amount of tasteful suspense, and then once the beat kicks in there’s no turning back.

“What I Got”: Who doesn’t know this song? It instantly brings people together. 

Joel Hanks (bass)

“Badfish”: As the bass player, I really enjoy the groove of this song, and I usually sort of zone out listening to the drums and locking in with the drummer.

“What I Got”: We usually play this song toward the end of the night, and the crowd response is just unreal with everyone singing every word.

“Garden Grove”: ... The crowd goes nuts, but I also really enjoy playing the song as well. I remember when I first got the album this was the first song I memorized all the words to.

“Don’t Push”: I love the melody of this song; also a fun song to play.

“We’re Only Gonna Die”: It’s a Bad Religion cover and Bad Religion is one of my favorite bands. Enough said.