Slightly Stoopid is an American band based in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, who describe their music as “a fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk.” As a band, they have released ten albums (three live), with their seventh studio album entitled Top of the World on August 14, 2012. The band was originally signed by Bradley Nowell from the band Sublime to his label Skunk Records while still in high school.
Slightly Stoopid was formed in 1995 in Ocean Beach, California by childhood friends Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald. Soon after, Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell discovered the duo and asked them to perform a set at the Foot Hill Tavern in Long Beach, California. Nowell immediately signed them to his label, Skunk Records, while the band was still in high school. A pair of releases soon followed—1996’s punk-tinged Slightly $toopid (featuring a guest appearance by Nowell on the song “Prophet” – later covered by Sublime and released on their box set, Everything Under the Sun) and 1998’s surf-inspired The Longest Barrel Ride.
The group self-released 2001’s Acoustic Roots: Live & Direct (a 40-minute acoustic set, captured live at San Diego ‘s Rock 105.3 radio station) – the first for their own label, Stoopid Records, before issuing 2003’s Everything You Need on Surfdog (a musical departure for the band, that sold more than 185,000 copies). After solidifying a new line-up with the additions of Ryan ‘RyMo’ Moran (drums), Oguer ‘OG’ Ocon (congas, percussion, harp, vocals) from the B Side Players, and C-Money (trumpet, keyboard) and Dela (saxophone) from John Brown’s Body, the band began to mix even more different musical styles on 2005’s Closer to the Sun. The album featured collaborations with well-known reggae names such as Barrington Levy and Scientist. Closer to the Sun impressively debuted in the Billboard Top 200 and sold nearly 25,000 copies in its first two months of release. A year later, Slightly Stoopid issued their first-ever electric live album, Winter Tour ’05-’06 Live CD/DVD, as well as their first-ever DVD, ‘’Live in San Diego’’, while 2007 saw the release of the group’s fifth studio effort, Chronchitis, which debuted at No. 55 on the Billboard 200, and No. 2 on the indie charts.
The group has toured frequently since its inception, including appearances at arts festivals such as Coachella, Harmony, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and New Orleans Jazz Fest. Additionally, the group has played sold-out shows in Australia, Japan, Guam, Portugal, Denmark, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and the Dominican Republic. “Without [the fans], we’d just be playing at the bar,” admits Kyle. “They make it worth our while – when we go out and people are having that good of a time, the energy goes back and forth. Just a good time – we rely on each other’s energy.”
Slightly Stoopid has played with the Dave Matthews Band, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and the Marley Brothers, Sublime, the Roots, The Expendables, Snoop Dogg, G. Love & Special Sauce, Ozomatli, Toots and the Maytals, and Pennywise, among others, as well as their first-ever sole headlining tour of amphitheaters in 2008, joined by their friends Pepper and Sly & Robbie featuring Cherine Anderson. The band teamed up with Snoop Dogg in 2009 for the co-headlining “Blazed & Confused Tour” across North America.