No Doubt In Their Own Words

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

Stefani: I think we finally settled in by just getting together and hanging out—me, Tony and Tom would listen to something that we wish we had written, like anything from our childhood or through high school, and listen to the song in a new way, where you actually listen to lyrics and hear and see things you've never seen before and getting into that mental place to get that vibe. We followed that pattern through the whole making of the record.

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SONG LISTENING, SONGWRITING, SONG REVIEWING
Stefani:
Tony and I wrote all the lyrics and melodies, and Tom wrote all the chords. It was a different form of writing, and once we had a basic form of demo, we would bring in all these programmers who would do remixes. So the whole beat could change after that, and we'd pick out our favorite parts, and we'd rework the song to be the song it ended up being. It was a lot of rewriting, reviewing and just trying to get it right.

Kanal: So we'd hang out for a bit, and then we'd start getting into music, and we'd write into the evening and hope something cool would happen. I would have a mic, Gwen would have a mic, and Tom would put some chords down, and we'd sing over those chords, and just do it over and over and over again. We'd develop a couple of songs, and we'd say, "That's a great chorus; now we have to come up with a verse." Then we'd say, "Well, that verse is even better. The chorus isn't good enough; let's rewrite the verse," and we just kept doing it until we felt the songs were done.

Dumont: We wrote our first song for Push and Shove at the end of 2009. In the past, it seemed as though every album has had a clear theme, as to musical direction where we were going, and this one didn't. What emerged with Push and Shove was kind of a big mix of influences of everything we grew up listening to, from U.K. music from the '80s to reggae and ska music to the new-wave stuff such as Depeche Mode and OMD.

Stefani: We just said, "Let's try to write songs that are going to be really catchy."

Stent: No Doubt cover so many different areas of music, and their music has changed so much over the years that it's a reflection of who they are and what they've been doing through the years. Some of these tracks, we did them god knows how many different ways and styles. And that was just because we wanted a new approach for everything.

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PUSH AND SHOVE FAVORITES
Stefani:
I love "Push and Shove." I think that song feels like everything we've ever been and everything we've ever loved. It's definitely a fun song, and being able to work with [DJs/producer duo] Major Lazer was really cool.

Dumont: "Push and Shove" starts off in a really traditional kind of ska beat, and it's funny because we used to be known for being a ska band in the old days, and we've never had a song that had that particular beat and groove, so that song kind of reminds me of our past but is completely new and different. Vocally, it's amazing. It's kind of like a ska "Bohemian Rhapsody"—it's epic.

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DISCOVERING NO DOUBT DNA
Stefani:
On this record, it was more like we went back a lot to the music that was the fabric of our life. The music that we discovered when we were just discovering who we were as people.

Young: A lot of our records come from '80s inspiration—that's what we grew up on. So it always finds its way into what we do, but when we try to go for a certain vibe, it always ends up being a No Doubt song because we can't escape ourselves. That's just the way it's always been.

Stefani: All the songwriting that I do—besides on the solo records, which are about having fun and not getting too deep—I just try to draw from my life as things are going on. Anything from being in a relationship to being overwhelmed—and I have a lot of overwhelmed feelings. When I started 10 years ago, when I got married and started my clothing company and had my two babies . . . I didn't know I would be doing everything at once. I feel like it's impossible to do and be all these things all at once, and I think I wrote a lot about that on this record.

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PRIORITIZING PARENTHOOD
Stefani:
When you have a family and get married, your priorities change so much. The band has become something that's so special to us because it's fun—life is so serious once you have a family. It's so amazing, but you have to grow up and be a parent. So the band is a fun way to escape, in a way. To be able to go and hang out with my friends and play music is a total luxury compared to going to school and not sleeping at night. But this year has been super-challenging. Gavin [Rossdale, Stefani's husband and lead singer for Bush] has been on tour all year, and this is the first time that that's happened. Up until this point, with the kids, we've been really lucky that we're all together. . . . And [the rest of No Doubt] all have wives. Neither one of us has a wife. [Laughs.] I think everything will work out; these things usually do.

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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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