Mentored by the late, great Bradley Nowell of Sublime, Doughty and McDonald carved out a niche for themselves, and eventually a devout following, by playing the revolutionary surf rock/reggae/punk/ska sound mashup in the San Diego scene that only Sublime was known for in the late nineties. Though they were surrounded by the likes of iconic local reggae groups The Trevor James Band, Roughneck Posse, and Wise Monkey Orchestra, Slightly Stoopid followed the advice and style of Nowell and Sublime to great success and even greater fan admiration.
When asked about their secrets to becoming one of the most recognizable and influential bands out of San Diego, Doughty elaborates, “Just like grunge changed hair metal, Sublime changed grunge to this whole new era of music and back then, we were the only baby band playing that style.”
“We kinda carry a thought process that Brad and Miguel told us back in the day: ‘you wanna be on the road and earn the respect of your fanbase and build it grassroots style.’”
“I think that because Slightly Stoopid was really the only direct lineage to Sublime, because Brad died when I was 18, having all those things intertwined together… we slowly built that culture that they opened up the door to.”
Ever the feel-good experience at their live shows, bringing fans back time and time again, Slightly Stoopid has cultivated a generational following after touring nearly every city in America for the last 25 years. “There’s people that have been going to our shows for twenty years, and they bring their kids now,” Doughty elaborates. A testament to not only their unique sound, but the love and community they impart to their tight-knit fanbase.
Sold-out shows worldwide, a quiver of best-selling weed-tinged albums, a mentorship by the one of the greatest reggae musicians of all time, and the creation of their own cannabis brand has cemented Slightly Stoopid as not just San Diego royalty, but musical innovators and figureheads of the American music scene.