This is a blog dedicated entirely to No Doubt. Our purpose is to share songs, covers, images, and videos that will only increase your love that you already have for the band.
No Doubt, the Anaheim based ska punk band, currently consisting of Gwen Stefani, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, and Adrian Young formed in 1986. During their 25 year career, No Doubt has released 6 studio albums including their diamond certified album, Tragic Kingdom. They have also released 3 compilation albums. No Doubt also has two Grammy wins under their belt. Their genius music helped launch the ska-revival in the 90's, and they continue to bring joy to people's ears up to this day.
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One of the best mainstream band ever, No Doubt started as an heavily ska influenced formation before exploring others horizons, and reaching mainstream acclaim with the defining pop/rock song of the 90’s “Don’t Speak”.
Nonetheless, it’s very hard to only pick ten song especially when 1995’s Tragic Kingdom is perfect and has no fillers.
One of the saddest track from the band. It has just the right mix of hope, melancholia and fatality. Gwen’s interpretation is subtle and perfectly conveys the meaning of song.
It’s a shame most people are not aware of the two independant release that preceded Tragic Kingdom because they’re plenty of great moments in them.
Defining moments: "From now on I will behave but in the back of my mind I will be enslaved."
Their teenage angst anthem. More methaphoric than their usual work, it tells the tale of a tortured Gwen Stefani who doesn’t understand that she has troubles and that it’s perfectly nomal.
She has tons of things to say but doesn’t know how to say them and whether or not she should be saying them at all. In short, she’s on the verge of exploding!
If this is not a perfect representation of the inner turmoil felt by teenagers, then nothing is…
Defining moments: "I’m just a normal person without those problems, when did it change?"
I don’t know what to say about this one. It’s one of their most vehement output yet, at the same time, one of their catchiest and funniest song to listen to.
This musical contradiction may be why it’s one of their finest moment…
Defining moments: "No more leaning on your shoulder I won’t be there, no more bother. If you feel you just might want me that’s too bad, I’m not that easy."
It took me a while to understand the genius of this one.
I usually tend to not pay too much attention to the lyrics but in this case, I was wrong because they are very cute/funny. Basically, it tells the story of how Gwen got her wisdom teeth pulled out and the shame she felt to not have been able to “take it like man”.
What makes it great are the hitting drums going along with the ambiguous story of the lead singer (is she losing her virginity?) and ending abruptly as she’s falling asleep thanks to her “codeine prescription”.
Defining moments: "OOoo Ahh… the pain is tremendous, why can’t I take it like a man?
OOoo Ahh… the pain is horrendous, why can’t you lend a helpin’ hand?”
The modern version of “The Wedding list” (softer, of course) from Kate Bush, where the feerical marriage little girls are brainwashed to believe turns out to be disappointments.
Gwen’s plea to fulfill her woman’s role is really touching and I think it’s one of the only time where her vocals are as soft and vulnerable as that.
Defining moments: "A girl in the world barking up the wrong tree a creature conditioned to employ matrimony.Crumbling continuity, I pick up the pieces."
A really twisted song where Gwen is telling us she loves to wash in her old bathwater lover. In a way, it’s their darkest and most realistic song.
The overall feel of the song is that of a celebration/carnival anthem, which only underlines the dichotomy between what we’re supposed to feel in this position (hate, disdain) and what we feel in reality (love, nostalgia).
Love is illogical and you can like someone that has hurt you and still love to remember the good/bad ol’ times. Also, their truest lyrics to date: “Why do the good girls always want the bad boys?”
Defining moments: "Wanted and adored by attractive women. Bountiful selection at your discretion. I know I’m diving into my own destruction."
"In My Head"
This simple little infectious pop song represents everything I like when I listen to them. Great production, nice story-telling voice that takes you on a journey and fun/witty lyrics to use as mantra! LMAO
Defining moments: "I try to think about rainbows when it gets bad, you got to think about something to keep from going mad. I try to think about big fat roses when the ship starts going down.
"End It On This"
I used to listen to this masterpiece a lot when I was a teen. Never really understood what drew me to it until I started reading the lyrics… It talks about the end of something and Gwen is complaining during the entirety of the song, before finally accepting her situation and bravely moving on.
I’m glad to have written this top 10 because it made me realize how much emphasis No Doubt put on their lyrics and how they mirror the music.
Kudos to the musicians because they really created a beautiful entity with this song.
Defining moments: ”You see it’s hard to face the addict that’s inside of me I want to fill my glass up with you constantly.”
"It’s My Life"
The song that foreshadowed Gwen’s great 80’s influenced solo career…
The glamor and the attitude of the song sets it apart from the rest of their discography and a lot of Talk Talk fans complained about it but I firmly disagree with them. As a Talk Talk lover myself, I can testify they paid a great tribute to them with this cover.
The arrangement is less heavy and serious than in the original so it really acquires an energy, a magnetism and a sense of class that was rare in 00’s music.
And let’s not forget the awesome music video where Gwen channels her inner Jean Harlow, meltdown in the courtroom, viciously kills all the member of the band and gets executed. Classic!
Defining moments: "It’s my life don’t you forget. Caught in the crowd, it never ends."
"Don’t Speak" is a once in a lifetime song, a pure heart- wrenching moment of grace where everything sounds perfect and you just want the song to go on forever.
I used to only listen to pop music as a kid but this song was a shock and made me wonder how could someone create something so beautiful and so real…
The climax is also the most epic moment in the history of the group.Once again, Gwen’s interpretation is out of this world and her final whispers where she orders her ex lover to not say anything more will remain her most haunting studio moment.
Defining moments: ”I really feel that I’m losing my best friend, I can’t believe this could be the end.”
Band: Sublime (feat. Gwen Stefani)
Song: Saw Red (live)
I don’t know where this was held but it’s obvious this was an outdoor event. Gwen makes an appearance which is pretty cool; she’s in her mid-20’s. Wonderful performance.
Gwen talks advice she received from Christina on taking on the Voice from Access Hollywood July 14th, 2014