No Doubt In Their Own Words

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

Kanal: I don't know if we're bringing all the kids on all the tour dates; you have to do what the right thing is for the kids—but you know what the good thing is? Lots of Skype.

Adrian: The goal that we're really going for is to bring our families with us. It's different than the old days; there's definitely more parenting and less partying. It's a great vibe, but it's also very grounding because being in a very successful band is sometimes so self-indulgent that it's good to not think about ourselves when we go offstage and just think about how are the kids doing. We'll take the kids to the movies or a park on off days, instead of being self-indulgent rock stars.

Stefani: My kids definitely get into our music. Every time my son hears our song on the radio, his face just goes AAAH! Like, "Oh, no, it's on!" Like, he's excited, and he's embarrassed. I think it's quite weird for them to see me perform; they don't like to share me, but that's just a natural thing for a child to not want to share Mom.

The pre-KROQ days: Ska Parade Intern Greg Raelson (left) and host Tazy Phyllipz (right) flank Adrian Young, Tom Dumont and Gwen Stefani
Courtesy Tazy Phyllipz
The pre-KROQ days: Ska Parade Intern Greg Raelson (left) and host Tazy Phyllipz (right) flank Adrian Young, Tom Dumont and Gwen Stefani
Holy babies! Mama's still got abs!
John Gilhooley
Holy babies! Mama's still got abs!

Kanal: My daughter Coco's almost 2 now. She goes "ge ge ge" whenever "Settle Down" comes on the radio. She flips out—like, I gotta pick her up, we gotta do a dance party, she puts her hands in the air, and anybody else around us, if they don't start dancing with us, she's like, "Hey! Hey! Hey!" They have to join in. It's pretty incredible.

 

II. YOU MAY ASK YOURSELF, HOW DO I WORK THIS?

GWEN GOING SOLO
Muller:
Gwen's solo career hasn't dented the band relationship at all. It's refreshing for her to go back to them.

Kanal: I never, ever thought we were ever going to break up [when Gwen went solo]. I just didn't realize how long our break was gonna be. Gwen had to make those records; she was so inspired, and she creatively needed to have that output. She couldn't have made those records with the band—she had a whole different vision for what she wanted to do, and as a friend, I was so proud of her. She created an empire of fashion, and those records were tied into that.

Dumont: We've known one another so long, and we have a great trust among one another. . . . When Gwen talked to us about going to make her first solo album, she was really clear with us—"I'm not leaving the band; we're not breaking up. We're going to take a break and let everyone breathe for a year or so." It was planned to be a year-long break, and it took three.

Young: The plan was always that we were going to make another record.

Stefani: When I was writing the solo record, I had this fantasy of being in Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam. I was making a dance record, and lyrically, a lot of dance records aren't really that deep, so I think I was just more of a creative writer in that kind of way.

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ON STAYING TOGETHER FOR 26 YEARS
Dumont:
The single thing I'm most proud of is we've been able to make it this far. We've had ups and downs, and we're still together. We still have fun, we're still friends, and we get to share this incredible thing that we've built together, and we're forever bonded by that. We've made it through intact and happy. Coming into rehearsal every day is something I'm excited to do.

Stefani: It doesn't really feel that that kind of time has gone by.

Muller: Their dynamic hasn't changed that much. In some ways, they're easier on one another than they were when I first met them. When you're first making it, you're far more anxious and scared and unsure and insecure about what's going to happen. When [Gwen] got attention then, they felt that they wouldn't be taken seriously or that they wouldn't be a band. Whereas now, they know it's not going to happen; they're safe in the band. And I think that's the biggest change. They feel much more confident in the band around one another.

Young: We still get along, as a band, miraculously. I don't know how, but we do. That's one way to stay together for 26 years.

Jon Halperin, booker for the Glass House and founder of ska label Vegas Records: I think they're still around 'cause they take breaks and they don't burn everyone out. They don't put out that much music, so people anticipate their return.

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ON NO DOUBT'S LEGACY
Halperin:
They sort of held that ska flag out there for the rest of the world, and I loved that they helped out bands such as the Vandals. I love that they proudly held up that ska banner. No Doubt made that three-letter word a household word.

Aaron Barrett, lead singer of Reel Big Fish: They were always rock stars. You could just feel the energy. They were always important; it was just a matter of time until the rest of the world knew. I still have a signed No Doubt picture in my wallet. We still look up to them and aspire to be that big.

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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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