A View of OB’s “Slightly Stoopid” From the Mid-West

by on August 24, 2011 · 13 comments

in Culture, Ocean Beach, Popular

Ocean Beach fusion band Slightly Stoopid.

By Jennifer Halliday / Columbus Examiner / August 24, 2011

In 1995 in Ocean Beach, California, childhood friends Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald formed a band that created a fusion of music between acoustic rock and blues and reggae, hip-hip, and punk. Soon after, the late 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. Sixteen years later, Doughty and McDonald, known as Slightly Stoopid, have released eight albums and have been compared to bands such as Sublime, Operation Ivy, Rancid, and Streetwise.

Soon after first being signed to Skunk Records, the American fusion band released their first album, Slightly $toopid. The 1996 release featured a guest appearance by Nowell on the song “Prophet,” which he later covered with his band Sublime and released on their box set Everything Under the Sun. Slightly Stoopid’s next release was 1998’s The Longest Barrel Ride, which became a surf-inspired cult classic.

The group self-released Acoustic Roots: Live and Direct, a 40-minute acoustic set, captured live at San Diego’s Rock 105.3 station in 2001. This was their first release 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 130,000 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. It debuted at #55 on the Billboard 200, and #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, Slightly Stoopid 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,” said McDonald in an interview with Skratch Magazine. “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 Matthew’s 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.

2008 saw the band issuing their first-ever “odds and ends” collection, Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid – the group’s newest release for their growing label, Stoopid Records, which will also feature releases by other group’s, including the label’s first signed act, The Expendables. Included on Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid are outtakes from both the Closer to the Sun and Chronchitis sessions, as well as a bevy of new material recorded at the famed Circle House Studios in Miami. The album also includes cover songs such as UB40’s “I Would Do For You” and the traditional “I Know You Rider,” most notably covered by The Grateful Dead. Also making their first appearance on a Slightly Stoopid studio album are newly recorded renditions of the long-time live standards “False Rhythms” and “Sensimilla.”

Slightly Stoopid is now touring with Don Carlos, Rebelution, Shwayze, and Cisco Adler as a part of the Seedless Summer Tour. They will be performing live on Friday, August 26th at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus. Tickets are on sale now for $25 or can be purchased at the door the day of the show for $30. The show will be held outdoors rain or shine and gates open for admission at 6 pm.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

OB Joe August 24, 2011 at 11:23 am

Hey, why isn’t the band wearing OB Rag T-shirts?


OB Joe August 24, 2011 at 11:24 am

Or at least OB T-shirts, huh?


Mike James September 14, 2011 at 7:28 am

I’m happy to report that the tank top has the University of Ocean Beach logo.



mr.rick August 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Tell ’em OB Joe! Is this anything akin to “Lobsters Blues Band of way back?


Frank Gormlie August 24, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Sure, mr. rick, definitely remember the Lobsters Blues Band. They would often play in people’s backyards.


Allen Lewis August 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm

WOW!!! Dennis was a good friend of mine so reading the name lobster, I had to comment… the name of his band at one point was “Lobster and the Birded clam”. It was Dennis that showed me my first licks. I don’t know about this band but Dennis was one hell of a guitar player. Paige his only true love played in my first working band on Flute. Dennis passed way to soon.


mr.rick August 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm

didn’t know them personally but around ’70 they were the premier back yard OB party band. For real. These guys wouldn’t quit until it was over. I assumed the Red headed guy was Lobster.


OB Mercy August 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Love Slightly Stoopid. I saw their old friends, Sublime play just a few nights ago at Cricket Wireless, and I’d have to say I like the Stoopid guys much better!


Allen Lewis August 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I’m not sure of the date, but I’m thinken Dennis past around 1970 or before, he was truly a bad ass on guitar. as for being a back yard party band that would be a understatement, but I will say if you want to hire my band for a back yard party it will cost you at least $400 for a four pice and around $500 for my big band, if you want to call that a back yard party band so be it… Sorry to turn this into something more than about a young band that seems to be doing god.


Allen Lewis August 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm

I’m thinken the word god came from the word good, or the other way around…:>)


Allen Lewis August 25, 2011 at 12:59 am

One more comment and I will leave it alone, PLEASE don’t reefer to this very cool person as the lobster, his name was Dennis, that nick name started way before his band, he was a OB local and loved by all that knew him.


Jettyboy August 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Stoopid rules! Best band to come outta OB ever! Who would’ve imagined that Slightly Stoopid and Seedless rose to fame together from our little corner of paradise. Check out their website, they always have free songs to download if you haven’t heard them.

Look in the lower left corner to hear some songs.


Rattoo June 12, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Where the hell is the Lobster? I saw him playing an SG with a Marshall half-stack in an alley on Chalmers St.


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