No Doubt

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No Doubt
A May 2009 photo. Left to right: Tom Dumont (guitar), Stephen Bradley (trumpet & keyboard), Adrian Young (drums), Gwen Stefani (vocals), Tony Kanal (bass), and Gabrial McNair (trombone & keyboard)
Background information
OriginAnaheim, California, United States
GenresSka punk, New Wave,[1] alternative rock, pop rock
Years active1986–2004, 2009-2015
LabelsInterscope, Trauma, Universal Music Group
MembersGwen Stefani
Tony Kanal
Adrian Young
Tom Dumont
Past member(s)Eric Stefani
John Spence
Jerry McMahon
Chris Leal
Gabriel Gonzalez
Paul Caseley
Eric Carpenter
Alan Meade
Chris Webb
Tony Meade

No Doubt was a third wave ska and alternative rock band from Anaheim, California, United States. There are four members in the band currently: Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont. Eric Stefani and John Spence (now dead) were former members. No Doubt was formed in 1986. Their most successful album was Tragic Kingdom, which spawned many singles, including "Don't Speak", which was at number-one for sixteen weeks in the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Chart.

The band's trademark sound combines ska and reggae with alternative rock, pop, and punk.

The band is currently on an hiatus and performed their last shows in 2015. Tony, Tom & Adrian has formed a band called "Dream Car" while Gwen Stefani continues to pursue her career as a soloartist.

History[change | change source]

No Doubt formed in 1986 in Anaheim, California, but with the name "Apple Core", and with members Gwen Stefani, her brother Eric Stefani, and their friend John Spence. They played several concerts under that name. During one of the concerts, Tony Kanal was there. He was impressed with the band, and became their bassist. He later began dating Gwen (which lasted for seven years.)

However, Spence committed suicide in December 1987. The rest of the band was shocked, and broke up, but reformed a few weeks later because they thought that's what Spence would have wanted.[2] They soon got Tom Dumont as a new guitarist. He was formerly in a band called Rising with his sister. One year later, the band hired Adrian Young as a drummer. When he joined, he said he had been playing the drums for five years, even though he had only been playing for two months.

The band released their first album, No Doubt, in 1992. One single was released from it, "Trapped in a Box".

In 1995 they released their second album, The Beacon Street Collection. It got better reviews than No Doubt and two singles were released from it.

On October 10, 1995 Tragic Kingdom was released. It was their first album to chart, and it was very successful. It has sold over sixteen million copies.

On April 11, 2000 Return of Saturn was released on Interscope. Four singles were released from it.

The band's fifth album Rock Steady was released December 11, 2001.

On 25 November 2003 The Singles 1992-2003 was released. No Doubt made a new song for it, a cover of "It's My Life" by Talk Talk. It was nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 2005 Grammy Awards.

Everything in Time (B-sides, Rarities, Remixes) was released October 12 2004.

Between 2004 and 2008 the band's members did things separate from the band. Singer Gwen Stefani released a solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby.

In 2012 the band released their first studio album in over ten years, Push and Shove. Two singles were released from the album, "Settle Down" and "Looking Hot".

Influences[change | change source]

No Doubt stated music artists like Blondie, Juanes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie, Electronic Light Orchestra, Lene Lovich, Squeeze, The Cars, The Go-Go's, Violent Femmes, The Police, Billy Idol, Cyndi Lauper, Devo, Fishbone, Madonna, Prince, The Toasters, Madness, Talking Heads, The Beat, The Specials, Operation Ivy, Bad Manners, Bow Wow Wow, Desmond Dekker, Duran Duran, INXS, Patty Smyth, The Selecter and The Vandals as influences.

List of albums[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

Compilation albums[change | change source]

Live videos[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  2. "No Doubt". Behind the Music. VH1. April 9, 2000.