Dock Ellis 7:42 p.m., Jan. 21
Slightly Stoopid Hit Career High with Top 20 Billboard Debut
This week, Slightly Stoopid's seventh full-length Top of the World debuted at #13 on the Billboard 200 chart. They’ll appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 12, where we're told they'll perform the new title track, as well as “2AM” from their 2007 album Chronchitis.
Top of the World was released on the band’s Stoopid Records label, on which they have already sold nearly one million copies. Guests on the album include Barrington Levy and Don Carlos of Black Uhuru, Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore, Karl Denson, G. Love, and Dumpstaphunk’s Ian Neville. A four-song sampler download contains a radio edit of the title track, plus album songs “Don’t Stop,” “Just Think” (featuring ex-Jurassic Five emcee Chali 2na), and “Pon Da Horizon.”
A radio version of the album’s title track, “Top of the World,” was recently added to radio playlists at local 91X, as well as KROQ/Los Angeles and San Francisco’s Live 105, and it continues to be among the most played new songs at stations in Tucson, Sacramento and Santa Barbara, according to a band press release.
Ska-flavored pop-punkers Slightly Stoopid played their first paid gig in 1994 at Soma. The group formed in Ocean Beach to create a fusion of acoustic rock, blues, reggae, hip-hop, and punk. While still attending Point Loma High School in 1995, band members Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald caught the attention of Sublime singer Bradley Nowell, who signed them to his own Skunk Records label and released their first two CDs.
Their eponymous debut Slightly Stoopid (1996) was followed by the surf-inspired Longest Barrel Ride (1998); distribution of the albums was mainly limited to Southern California.
After a long run of live shows, Slightly Stoopid put out a live CD, Acoustic Roots: Live and Direct, recorded at San Diego’s Rock 105.3 studio and released on their own Stoopid Records. The band's album Everything You Need (2003) came out on Bradley Nowell's Skunk Records after the Sublime frontman died; it was later released on Encinitas' Surfdog label.
Over Thanksgiving 2005, the band recorded two sold-out shows at San Diego's House of Blues, later releasing Live in San Diego as their first live performance DVD. In 2006, Slightly Stoopid was ranked in Pollstar’s "Top 50 Touring Bands" for the first quarter of the year, playing venues with capacities averaging 1,500 to 3,000.
In summer 2007, the band co-headlined the Summer Haze Tour with G. Love & Special Sauce and Ozomatli. The tour reportedly sold out 4,000 – 8,500 seat amphitheatres across the country, including the Pacific Amphitheatre in Orange County, Red Rocks in Denver, and the Santa Barbara Bowl.
Slightly Stoopid's fifth studio album Chronchitis was released August 7, 2007, on their own label Stoopid Records. It debuted at #55 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, selling close to 12,000 copies. Additionally, it ranked as the #2 Independent Album and #15 in digital sales. This is the band's sixth independent release and first official release on their Stoopid Records/Controlled Substance Sound Labs label. It features guest artists Guru (Gang Star), Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Money Mark (Beastie Boys), and G. Love.
Over a year after its release, in September 2008, Chronchitis won Album of the Year at the San Diego Music Awards. The track "2am" from that album won Song Of the Year. In 2009, the band won Artist of the Year, an honor they picked up again at the September 2010 SDMA show.
Also in 2010, the band did a remix of their song “No Cocaine” (from the 2008 album Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid), featuring reggae star Capleton released November 2 on Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3.
After forming their own Stoopid Records label, the band signed the Expendables (based in Santa Cruz), and Outlaw Nation (from Louisiana). Their tours have grown enough to include several tour buses, a barbecue, dirt bikes, skate boards, and motorcycles they take on the road with them.
The band’s yearly “420 At The Greek” show on April 20, 2011, kicked off the Greek Theater’s 80th anniversary season. Also on the bill: Bad Brains and Jamaican dancehall icon Barrington Levy. Early 2011 festival appearances included the Hangout Music Festival on May 20 in Gulf Shores, AL, and Hookahville in Thornville, OH, on May 29.
Their Seedless Summer 2011 Tour began July 21 at Big Sky Brewery in Missoula, MT, hitting San Diego’s Cricket Amphitheater on July 30 before wrapping up at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on August 6. Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald spoke at the SF MusicTech Summit IX music and technology conference in San Francisco on September 12, alongside fellow local Karl Denson, with whom they also performed a pay-per-view concert with guest player Don Carlos of Black Uhuru.
Having finished construction on their new San Diego recording studio, they began recording and performing new songs into 2011 and 2012, sometimes accompanied by Karl Denson (Tiny Universe, Greyboy All-Stars), both live and in the studio.
Songs from the eventual release Top of the World were debuted live in late 2011, during the webcast performance Slightly Stoopid & Friends Live At Roberto’s TRI Studios, recorded at Bob Weir’s studio. The broadcast included collaborations with Weir, Ivan and Ian Neville, Karl Denson, Don Carlos, and host Tommy Chong.
Unity Tour with 311
8/28 Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
8/29 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara County Bowl
8/31 San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
9/01 Las Vegas, NV - The Beach at Mandalay Bay
9/02 Reno, NV - Lawler Events Center
9/04 Portland (Ridgefield), OR - Sleep Country Amphitheatre
9/05 Seattle, WA - Marymoor Amphitheatre
9/06 Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavilion (solo date, no 311)
Fall Tour Dates
10/03 Tuscaloosa, AL - Bama Theater
10/04 Oxford, MS - The Lyric Theatre
10/05 New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
10/06 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
10/07 Lexington, KY - Buster's
10/10 Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
10/11 Charleston, SC - Music Farm
10/12 Knoxville, TN - Valarium
10/13 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
10/14 Morgantown, WV - Metropolitan Theater
10/17 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
10/18 Portland, ME - State Theatre
10/19 Providence, RI - Lupo's at the Strand
10/20 Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues