No Doubt In Their Own Words

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

Kevin Lyman, founder of the Warped Tour: Everyone loved No Doubt. Everyone loved touring and working with them. They were a band that crossed over and helped break out of the Orange County scene. That's when people started paying attention to OC.

 

III. SAME AS IT EVER WAS

HOW NO DOUBT CAME TO BE
Stefani:
When we started, we were trying to make music that was so the opposite of what could possibly get on the radio. We were doing it because we discovered this music that defined us, so it's crazy that we keep going. It's a miracle, and we really are appreciating it more than we ever have before.

Kanal: I was 16 years old when I joined No Doubt in 1987. I could play at bars, but they were 21-and-over, and I would have to sit outside and wait until it was our time to go onstage.

Young: We always prided ourselves on being a live band. I think that's what we do best, and we were crafting that early on—we practiced so much. As we were going to high school and college, it was always, "I can't wait to go to band practice to get ready for that next show."

Kanal: The thing about OC, growing up, there weren't a lot of great places to play. Fender's Grand Ballroom in Long Beach was one of our favorites, and it was a super-duper dive, incredibly punk-rock venue, and it was the most incredible place.

Jerry Miller, lead singer of the Untouchables: We played at Madame Wong's West in Santa Monica, and this girl invited them over to her apartment to listen to music and hang out before the show. When they showed up, they brought seven large pizzas. And before we were going to play the show, the whole band just started cleaning up! They vacuumed the house, washed dishes, took out the trash. . . . It was the coolest thing. They were probably 15, 16, yet they had the wherewithal to show their appreciation and cleaned up this girl's house after bringing us food to eat. They're good, clean kids.

Lyman: I worked with Goldenvoice and Paul Tollett, and we had No Doubt on lots of shows back in the day. In the late '80s and the early '90s, we put them on lots of shows. We used to do a lot of ska shows, with 10 or 12 bands on the bill, and they'd be third or fourth from the bottom. When Tragic Kingdom came out in '95, they did part of the first Warped tour, that first year.

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ON THEIR BREAKTHROUGH ALBUM, TRAGIC KINGDOM
Stefani:
When I wrote Tragic Kingdom, I was very open because I didn't think anyone would hear it—I didn't even know I could write songs! We worked really hard for eight years, and we finally had a record, and we went from being this big fish in a really small pond to, like, having this commercial success we'd never experienced. Having to face everybody with all our private lives was really complicated.

Tazy Phillips, founder of Ska Parade: When Tragic Kingdom came out, I thought they had overshot in terms of it was so good. It wasn't only something you'd hear on KROQ; it was something you'd hear on KIIS-FM. It was too pop—but in a good way. It was pretty obvious to me that "Just a Girl" was a smash.

Muller: When I met the band, it was a really big thing for them to wear Orange County on their sleeves. People didn't know anything about Orange County. In some ways, they still have that homegrown feel, even though they're much more world-class and have done everything everywhere all over the world. They still feel like a gang from OC. You still have the feeling they're approachable. . . . I had been hired to shoot the "Don't Speak" video, and it was so intense. I remember Gwen was all sparkly—remember when she used to wear the jewels around her eyes? She was very charming and really excited and sweet. They'd been a struggling band [getting famous], and, of course, Gwen was an extraordinary artist, so she was getting loads of attention. The band didn't like it, and it was causing huge problems for them, and it was really embarrassing for Gwen because it wasn't like she asked for it—it just happened. They were so open and said we've got nothing to hide, and I was so impressed—why wouldn't we make a video about what was really going on? I really admired them for it.

Barrett: No Doubt were already local heroes when we discovered them. When Tragic Kingdom came out with those hit songs, everyone started writing articles about that. As soon as they got big, that helped us. If it weren't for them, we wouldn't have gotten a record deal; we owe it all to them.

Phillips: I made a ska compilation for KROQ that included No Doubt and Sublime's "Date Rape." And Sublime weren't the easiest band to work with, so it got to a point where you had to think, who would you rather work with? The band that lights up in the studio with Jed the Fish, a recovering addict, or No Doubt, the band that was a total dream to work with, wrote great songs, had a pretty girl who made freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies and brownies for the DJs? The answer was more than obvious.

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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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