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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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.

Can we take back that whole "Don't Speak" thing?
Billy Kidd
Can we take back that whole "Don't Speak" thing?
From Beacon Street to the big time
Photo by Jill stefani/Courtesy of Tazy Phyllipz
From Beacon Street to the big time

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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