No Doubt In Their Own Words

An oral history of OC's greatest band and their newest album, 'Push and Shove'

No Doubt In Their Own Words

The biggest band to ever come out of Orange County have come to terms with juggling parenthood with their music careers, their OC roots and international fame, Gwen's solo career, and the realization that No Doubt have been together for 26 fucking years. All that, as Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young get ready to release their sixth album, Push and Shove. Of course, everyone has an opinion about No Doubt, so OC Weekly talks to the band, their producers, their peers, their fans, and the movers and shakers of the OC ska scene from back in the day.


I. YOU MAY ASK YOURSELF, HOW DID I GET HERE?

THAT 10-YEAR HIATUS BETWEEN ROCK STEADY AND PUSH AND SHOVE
Adrian Young, drummer:
A lot has happened since the release of Rock Steady—we toured it in 2002 and in 2003; we had a Greatest Hits record that we toured in 2004. And the beginning of the decade was when we all started having babies as well. So there was a lot of energy going on. Gwen went on to record two solo records, and after that, we started writing. We thought it wasn't working out, so we said, "Let's just go on tour" [in 2009]. We were definitely tighter and ready to go after that.

Gwen Stefani, lead singer: We had to go on tour to get inspired. Just by playing all the songs we'd written together and being up on stage together and doing what we think we did best—which is perform live—it just calmed me down a lot. I realized that [the fans] are there waiting for us, and I didn't have to be in such a rush. I had done so much—I'd done the two solo records, had two babies. It was the first time I was writing the record with the band since I had gotten married. Life had changed so much, and there was so much pressure for me to come up with [new music] in the middle of having a brand-new baby and a toddler—and it was a lot.

Spike Stent, Push and Shove producer: I moved from London to Los Angeles for six weeks to do this record and ended up staying five years! Adrian called me initially, and we started doing sketches of songs. That's how it started. We didn't think it would be 10 years in between projects.

Sophie Muller, music-video director for "Settle Down" and "Don't Speak": In the "Settle Down" video, we had to address the fact that they hadn't been together for 10 years, so I think the obvious thing was to have the idea that they were all coming from different places—Gwen is coming from Harajuku, Adrian from Vegas, Tom from suburbia and Tony from India—they've come from faraway places for a long time, and they come together to be No Doubt at the party in the parking lot, where they meet and be No Doubt again. I think it fit well for that song; the chaos of the scenes of Gwen's life is the sort-of dance-party bit.

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THE CHALLENGES OF MAKINGPUSH AND SHOVE
Tom Dumont, guitarist:
The album title sums up a little bit of what it took to make this album. This is the first No Doubt album for which we're all parents—it changed the way we made this album, in that we just all have a lot less time. In the old days, the band came before everything. This time, it was a daily struggle to physically get to the studio together. Tony, Adrian and I all had babies last year in the middle of making the album. When you have a baby, sleep itself is something that kind of goes away. All of us would go to the studio in the afternoon and ask, "What time did you sleep last night?" and talk about our night schedules because we're all pretty involved dads, and we're up early, so by the time we get to the studio, it's been a long workday as parents.

Tony Kanal, bassist: When you get to the studio, it's not like a 9-to-5 job. You really have to find those moments in which magical things happen, and you can't really put a schedule on that, and that was why it took longer than the previous records had taken because we are so focused on so many things now between our families and life and everything else.

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BEATING WRITER'S BLOCK
Kanal:
We would get together at my house and start at 4 p.m., and we'd spend the first couple of hours just talking about stuff. Like, we'd literally just catch up on life every time we'd get together, and that was really important because when we were taking a break as a band, we all went off and did writing with other people and other projects. One of the most important things about being friends for so long is that there is that family feeling, so sitting down together for the first couple of hours, [talking] about life and kids is a really great way to spend the day.

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22 comments
cali4yiadreamzz
cali4yiadreamzz

Thank You, No Doubt for all your hard work you have put into your music. You inspire ME everyday when i listen to you. Believe in yourself, Reach for the stars, Follow your heart, and you will go far! Thank You, for giving us your all in everything  you do! Thank You, for making music so uplifting, fun to dance, and sing along too! Congradulations!! on all your success over the years for giving your fans a roller coaster ride through time! You are all so Talented, Amazing, Musical Geniuses. Wild, Crazy, Insane, Wicked and full of ENERGY!!! Look out everybody "No Doubt's " is getting ready to go on tour this summer! Whoooo! Let's get excited No Doubt is going to "Rock the World"! Thank You, Gwen,Tony, Tom, Adrian, Gabrial, and Stephen! I Love You! Love your NDBTGRL,  in Anaheim, CA. : ) 

cali4yiadreamzz
cali4yiadreamzz

No Doubt is my #1 Favorite Group Ever! No Doubt says it perfect  in their songs" Get in Line , and "Settle Down!" No Doubt is back, ready, to Rock Steady, Push and Shove,"Hella Good", and their "Looking Hot"! So "Don't Speak", cause i'm "Just a Girl", and It's My Life', Underneath it All, it's a "Simple Kind of Life." I see you " Running" into "Spiderwebs" Were all "Different People" so let's " End it On This", are you "Happy Npw", your "Trapped In A Box" with your" Ex-Girlfriend", "Hey Baby" "Tragic Kingdom ", please,"Excuse Me Mr."I love to wash in your old "Bathwater" on "Sunday Morning", so "Move on" you " Big Distraction", "Hey You", stop your "Total Hate", and get a "New" attitude and sing "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da ! " This is dedicated to No Doubt, and all you No Doubters! "Everything in Time" we will meet 'Full Circle" We love, and support you, No Doubt!!! : )

nataliamurillo713
nataliamurillo713

Aww, really enjoyed reading this! It put a smile on my face...True fan! Love you, No Doubt!

herid13
herid13

WOW @Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk YOU SERIOUSLY DONT HAVE A LIFE. LOL ... WE ARE IN AMERICA JUST LIKE  AN OPINION, YOUR DISLIKES DOESNT MEAN THE REST CAN AGREE ON. IF NO DOUBT WOULD SUCK YOU PROBABLY WOULDNT BE READING ABOUT IT IN OC WEEKLY. ITS BEING 26 YEARS =)...... GO MAKE YOUR OWN BAND AND COME BACK AND EXPLAIN TO US HOW GOOD YOU ARE. THANK YOU!

captaiklein
captaiklein

I like the music, They are talented And I hope the album sells millions. Just because they don't look like trash, or live like trash. You want to call these people fags well next time you come down, or sober up you prick go look in a mirror. You  ASSHOLES!!!!! I bet you still live with your Mom.. You are a musician!  What do you play the SPOONS  You PISS ANT. YOU ROPE,  TREE, BUCKET. WHISTLE DICK!!!!!!!

 

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Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk
Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk

It's a damn shame that a bunch of ugly, retarded, delusional hacks like no doubt have money & fame, yet a true artist and innovator such as Dale Bozzio is struggling.  But at least Dale has integrity and respect in the music community. 

 

Nobody in music will EVER respect squeaky sounding, teenybopper commercial corporate crap like no doubt.  They simply don't exist. 

Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk
Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk

How gay.  "hot mom, hot dads"  How fucking pathetically STUPID.  Get rid of these CLOWNS.

Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk
Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk

No Doubt is the SUCKIEST, Gayest, piece of SHit excuse for a band that EVER EXISTED !

 

They suck.  JUST DIE ALREADY PLEASE !  NOBODY LIKES YOU!  Everybody involved with No Doubt Sucks a big green donkey DICK!

 

Gabe Gonzalez that fat wetback faggot is a dick sucker.  Keep sucking on that trumper, faggot!  Fat faggot!  I hope you go broke!  Fuck you no Doubt .  You suck!  Ha ha, you all look like fags !

FerdieTopacio
FerdieTopacio

@margauxsalcedo @lillitot I don't doubt it....

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Personally I hear thier music on the radio and it's catchy sometimes (especially with the more popular songs and the ones that are in heavy rotation) but I don't have any of thier albums because I'm more drawn to the blues, and heavy metal and frankly they just are not heavy enough for me because they're a dance band of sorts and most music is hard to define and catagorize anyway, but I listen to bands like Amon Amarth and Manowar and Iron Maiden. I happen to have a whole lot different bands that I like and listen to. I even like her hubbys band Pearl Jam more that her band.

Soundgarden is good also. 

HexStar
HexStar

 @Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk I know.  They are a bunch of useful idiots for the globalists.  They push all that phony environmental crap.

Bigsur
Bigsur

@Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk And nobody cares about your frustrated opinion.

Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk
Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk

 @GustavoArellano I'm Charlie.  I am a music fan as well as a musician.   Why does the ocweekly post crappy garbage acts on the cover?  Is this 1994 or something?  No DOubt SUCKS.  Period.  Nobody listens to this crap and nobody cares.  Bono and U2 sucks too.  This is the year 2012 not 1994.  Gwen Stefani is an old 46 year old broad married to a gay british cross dresser.   She has a squeaky lousy voice with the WORST vocal vibrato ever.  Horrible horrible.   My friend Bobby Beausoleil hates No Doubt as well.

HexStar
HexStar

 @GustavoArellano  @Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk Gustavo, do you really like no doubt?  when you drive around oc, do you EVER listen to this garbage?  Toni Basil should sue these hacks for ripping off her song "Hey Mickey."  That gay disgrace hollaback girl is the dumbest, gayest, most annoying excuse for a song in the history of recorded sound.    I used to read your restaurant reviews, now I'm sure you have NO TASTE.

HexStar
HexStar

 @Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk  @GustavoArellano Hey Charlie, you are totally correct about everything you've said.  Keep commenting, and keep entertaining us.  You are right, is there nothing else going on in Orange County's music community?  No Doubt?  Aren't they from like, . . .  1994 or something ?   Why don't they have an  interview with Ugly Kid Joe  while they're at it.  Or Limp Biskit .  As far as I'm concerned, I can't tell the difference.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk Oh, I see—you think you're some badass because you pretend to be Charles Manson. TEE HEE. Nice to see you think imitating someone who sodomized like mad and asked for the death of a pregnant woman is worthy of emulating!

 
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