No Doubt In Their Own Words

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

Muller: If you remember the beginning of the "Don't Speak" video, when Tony bites into an orange that was rotten inside—that was symbolic of their relationship with Orange County at the time. It was beautiful outside but filled with worms. In the ["Settle Down" video], he grabs an orange in the truck and wants to eat it because it's fresh and ripe. A lot has changed.

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'HOO-LY SHIT, THEY'RE BLOWING UP'
Stefani:
I'm lucky because we were in our band nine years by the time we got commercially famous. [The fame] doesn't really feel real—when you say, "fashion icon," that makes me giggle. But the older I get, the more I've realized it is a responsibility and I do have an influence on people. I just try to be a good person; I just am me. I do things I'm comfortable doing, and it's really nice that I feel I don't do anything that would hurt anyone.

Jenny Fowler, founder of and webmaster for No Doubt fansite Beacon Street Online: I've looked up to Gwen since I was 12 or 11, when Tragic Kingdom came out. I know it sounds corny, but she's always been such a good idol to look up to. She's such a good girl and always true to herself. And the band—they're such respectable people. Their dedication to one another is great. And their style is always changing and evolving, but they always remain true to themselves at the same time.

Halperin: I think if you're a fan of No Doubt from before, and you grew up with them, the new music . . . still stays true enough to its roots that they're maintaining that core fan base.

El Mac, artist for Push and Shove's cover: I remember being a teenager and having a crush on Gwen, so I guess you could say I've been a fan for a little while. And when you're that young and you're into something, it stays with you, so there's a certain amount of respect there.

Miguel Happoldt, manager and producer of Sublime: In 1995, when we played the World Beat Center in San Diego, Sublime headlined and No Doubt were a supporting act. It was weird—for one heartbeat, Sublime was a little bit bigger than No Doubt. I had to pay Tony $500, and he gave me and Brad [Nowell, Sublime lead singer] a two-song cassette, and we listened to it on the way home, and Brad said, "We're done." It was "Just a Girl." It was like, "Jesus Christ, we're going to be opening for them for the rest of our lives." Within two weeks, every time we'd go to 7-Eleven to buy beer, we'd hear that damn song. It was like, "Hoo-ly shit, they're blowing up."

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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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