Common Sense (band)

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Common Sense is an American reggae band from Orange County, California. They are known for being one of the first artist to influence the California “surf reggae” movement and using answers instead of traditional music industry methods to make albums and gain promotion as featured in the Mercury Mariner commercial. Since their formation in 1987, they have released five albums under their own label, Common Sense Records. They have also released an album under the virgin label, “psychedelic surf groove”. Their song “never give up” was featured in the movie “Speed 2: Cruise Control” and their song “in your eyes“ was featured in the movie “Kingpin”. They have toured the US and Mexico and perform periodically at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California, and various music halls around California. They have, in the past, been members of the summer music and sports festival, Warped Tour and Willie Nelson’s farm Aid.

They are also known for making the Chicago rapper formerly known as Common Sense, change his name to Common over legal issues.

Band members[edit]

  • Nick Hernandez – vocals and ukulele
  • Mikey Ortiz - bass
  • Billy Sherman – guitar/keyboard
  • Phil Gough - Guitar
  • Tracy Sledge – drums, percussion

Former members[edit]

  • Jai Vatuk – guitar/keyboard
  • Steve Dillard – trumpet/flugelhorn/and Nick's Daddy
  • Drew Hester - drums


Full-length albums:

  • Live! At the Belly Up Tavern (1994)
  • Psychedelic Surf Groove (1996)
  • State of the Nation (1999)
  • Common Sense (2002)
  • Don't Look Back (2005)


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