No Doubt has made a name for themselves pioneering third-wave ska in the United States and bringing it to the masses. Led by charismatic Gwen Stefani, they are one of the top-selling, female-fronted bands of all time. Their ’94 album, Tragic Kingdom, skyrocketed No Doubt into the mainstream, launching the careers of Stefani, bassist Tony Kanal, guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young. Here, MusicSnake Magazine put together a list of top 10 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about No Doubt.
No Doubt Sued a Video Game Company
The band has had a couple of unsuccessful video game ventures. They were supposed to voice characters in the ’04 game Malice, but the band’s voice tracks were scrapped before release. More notably, they were featured in the ’09 game Band Hero. Although they had given their consent to be in the game, the band filed a lawsuit against Activision concerning their likenesses within it being able to play songs by both themselves and other artists. The suit was settled three years later out of court.
The Band Played The Very First Warped Tour
No Doubt was one of the first bands to ever play the traveling summer festival in ’95. Joining them were Sublime, the Deftones, Face to Face, No Use for a Name, Quicksand, Sick of it All and Swingin’ Utters, among others. No Doubt played the festival one more time in ’00.
No Doubt Collaborated with Prince
The band actually had the opportunity to work with Prince twice. Gwen Stefani lent her vocals to his ’99 album, Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, and in return, Prince co-wrote and performed on a song from No Doubt’s ’01 album, Rock Steady.
The First Album Was Unsuccessful
In the early 90’s, ska wasn’t really in the mainstream yet and while grunge was having its heyday, bands like Sublime and No Doubt were getting passed over. When No Doubt finally released their ’92 self-titled debut album, it did so badly that their label refused to fund their tour behind it. After the band released Tragic Kingdom in ’94, sales of their debut album started to pick up.
Young is a Pretty Good Golfer
Young is such a good golf player that he is often asked to play in celebrity tournaments. He has played in the Michael Jordan Invitational, the Alice Cooper Foundation Tournament and VH1’s Fairway to Heaven.
Part of The Last Album was Written Without Stefani
In ’08, the band was ready to get back into the studio to work on new material. They ended up starting without Gwen Stefani because she was still on tour and pregnant with her second child. Push and Shove was finally released in ’12.
No Doubt Originally Had a Horn Section
They had much more of a ska influence when they first started than they do now. The band even had a horn section from ’87 until ’95, which can be heard on the band’s first three albums. Return of Saturn, released in ’00, was the band’s first album where they used studio musicians for all brass parts.
No Doubt Members Had Solo Projects During Their Hiatus
Most people already know about the successful solo career Gwen Stefani had during the band’s first hiatus, recording two solo albums and creating a fashion empire. But what did the other members of the band do during those 10 years? Kanal decided to do some production and writing work, producing three songs on Stefani’s solo debut, three for the soundtrack to 50 First Dates, co-wrote two of P!ink’s most successful songs, “Sober” and “Funhouse,” and contributed to a track on Weezer’s Hurleyalbum. Dumont started a side project of his own with Ted Matson under the name Invincible Overlord. The band released one album in ’05. Dumont also produced Matt Costa’s Songs We Sing. Young did some studio work, collaborating with likes of Bow Wow Wow, Unwritten Law and The Vandals.
Tragic Kingdom Was Written About a Break-Up
It is commonly believed that much of ’95s Tragic Kingdom was written about Tony Kanal and Gwen Stefani’s breakup. The couple had been going together since just after Kanal joined the band. Ending their seven-year romance in ’94, their break-up fueled the lyrics to Don’t Speak, arguably the band’s biggest hit.
Gwen Stefani Sang With Sublime
In ’94, Gwen provided guest vocals for fellow ska-punk band Sublime’s song Saw Red, before either band enjoyed any mainstream success.
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