Doubt is an American rock band
California, founded in 1986.
sound of their first
album, No Doubt
(1992), failed to make waves. The band's diamond-certified
album Tragic Kingdom
helped to launch the ska
revival of the 1990s, and "Don't Speak
the third single from the album, set a record when it spent sixteen
weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100
The group released its next album, Return of Saturn
, four years later,
but despite positive reviews, the album was considered a commercial
failure. Fifteen months later, the band reappeared with
music into their work. The album was
primarily recorded in Jamaica and featured
collaborations with Jamaican artists Bounty Killer, Sly
and Robbie, and Lady Saw.
album produced two Grammy
singles, "Hey Baby
"Underneath It All
No Doubt released the compilation The Singles 1992–2003
box set Boom Box
both of which contained a cover version of the Talk Talk synthpop
". Frontwoman Gwen Stefani
launched her solo career the next year with several collaborations,
including bandmate Tony Kanal
as well as
Neptune Pharrell Williams
, while guitarist
began his side project,
. During its
career, the band has won two Grammy Awards and sold 27 million
records worldwide to date. The band has recently embarked on
a national tour
summer of 2009.
, and Eric's sister
formed a band called Apple Core in
1986, having worked together at a local Dairy Queen
. Eric, who had taught himself to
play accordion played for the band with Gwen singing back up.
About a year later Eric met John Spence at a Dairy Queen and had
talked about getting a group together to play music. Eric got a
keyboard and gathered some players together to practice. The
practice included Eric Stefani (keyboards), Gwen Stefani (vocals),
John Spence (Vocals), Jerry McMahon (Guitar), Chris Leal (Bass) and
Gabe Gonzalas (Trumpet), Alan and Tony Meade. They practiced in
Eric's parents garage. They planned to play live at Fenders
Ballroom, a 500 person standing room venue in Long Beach CA, but
Chris and Gabe didn't show up to practice.
went to one of these early
shows and soon joined the band as its bassist. After initially
rejecting her advances, he began dating Gwen, but they kept their
relationship secret for a year, feeling that it was an unspoken
rule that nobody date her.
December 1987, Spence committed suicide
several days before the band was to play a gig at The Roxy
Theatre for record industry
No Doubt disbanded but decided to regroup after
several weeks with Alan Meade taking over vocals. When Meade left
the band, Gwen replaced him as lead singer, while No Doubt
continued to develop a live following in California. In early 1988,
left Rising, a heavy metal
band of which he was a member
with his sister, stating that local metal bands "were into drinking
, wearing Spandex
" but that he wanted to focus on music. He
joined No Doubt and replaced Jerry McMahon as the band's guitarist,
adding a distinct metal influence to its sound. Adrian Young
replaced Chris Webb as the drummer
the following year.
Impressed by the presence of rabid, stage
fans at No Doubt's concerts and Gwen's mesmerizing
on-stage presence, Tony Ferguson signed the band to a multi-album
deal with the newly created Interscope Records
in 1990. No Doubt's
self-titled debut album
was finally released in 1992, but it featured no radio singles,
although a video was made for "Trapped in a Box". The album's
distinctly upbeat ska/pop/cartoon sound sharply contrasted with the
movement. Because the
music world's focus was redirected squarely at Seattle, No Doubt's
album was not supported by the record label and considered a
commercial failure for selling only 30,000 copies. The band
embarked on a national tour in support of the album, though
Interscope refused to support the tour. The band failed to bring
the audiences that it had attracted in Southern California, and
often found that No Doubt
was not even available in the
cities where it was playing. Eric Stefani began to withdraw from
the group, vacillating between being in and out of the band.
The band began work on its next album the next year, but Interscope
rejected much of its material, and the band was paired with
producer Matthew Wilder
. Eric did not
like to relinquish creative control to someone outside the band and
eventually stopped recording and rehearsing. He left No Doubt in
1994 to resume an animation career with the cartoon TV series
. Kanal then ended
his seven-year relationship with Gwen, saying that he needed
"space". Unsure of what to do with the band, Interscope sublicensed
the project to Trauma Records
1995. No Doubt released The Beacon Street
, consisting of outtakes from its previous
recording sessions, that year on its own label, Sea Creature
Records. Mixing 1980s punk rock
grunge influences into the band's sound, the album contains a rawer
sound than No Doubt
, and it sold more than three times as
many copies as its predecessor. Later that year, the label released
, much of
which dealt with the relationship between Tony Kanal and Gwen
Mainstream success (1995–2000)
Before the release of the video "Just a Girl" on MTV and other
outlets the band performed shows in Disneyland for Grad Night in
1995 where they put on a remarkable showing. Gwen would wear the
same outfit as in the Tragic Kingdom cd cover, red dress. The
release of 1995's Tragic
and the single "Just a
" allowed the group to achieve mainstream commercial
success. No Doubt began touring in support of the album late that
year, and it grew into a 27-month international tour. In 1996, the
second single, "Spiderwebs
successful, and "Don't Speak
written about Stefani and
Kanal's break-up, was released as the third single and broke the
previous record when it topped the Billboard
Airplay for sixteen weeks. No Doubt was nominated for two Grammy Awards
for Best New Artist
and Best Rock Album
at the 1997 Grammy Awards
. By the end of the
year, half of the songs on Tragic Kingdom
released as singles, and the album was certified eight times
platinum. Later, they were nominated for two more Grammys for
Song of the Year
and Best Pop
Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
, both for "Don't
Speak". The Recording Industry
Association of America
certified the album diamond in February
1999, and with worldwide sales of sixteen million, it is one of the
The band's self-titled debut album began selling copies again off
of the success of Tragic Kingdom
and reached total sales
of over a quarter of a million copies.
The album's release fueled a dispute between Trauma and Interscope
Records over No Doubt's recording contract. Trauma sued for
100 million for breach of contract
, and extortion
sought to have its joint venture
agreement ended, claiming that Interscope had reneged on its
contract after the band had become more successful than expected.
No Doubt had previously stated that it had switched to Trauma
Records and that the transition was "really great...because now we
have the attention and the focus of a small indie label." The case
out of court with a $3
The band finished its tour in December 1997 and had several
releases during the two-year writing process to make its follow-up
to Tragic Kingdom
. Live in the Tragic Kingdom,
a live long-form video of the band's performance at the Arrowhead Pond
of Anaheim, was released and The Beacon Street
Collection was re-released while the band was on tour that
The band recorded "I Throw My Toys Around" with
for The Rugrats Movie
, and it contributed
to The Clash
's tribute album Burning London: The Clash
. Stefani began to make recordings without the
band, contributing vocals to tracks for The Brian Setzer Orchestra
& Familyhood Nextperience, and her
boyfriend Gavin Rossdale
. After some time in-between albums,
No Doubt included its song "New
" on the
to the movie Go
in 1999. "New", inspired by Gwen's
budding relationship with Rossdale, was one of the first songs
written after the release of Tragic Kingdom
Later albums (2000-2004)
Gwen Stefani, Stephen Bradley, and
Tony Kanal performing in March 2002.
In 2000, the band released Return
, its follow-up to Tragic Kingdom
album featured a darker tone and was more lyrically advanced than
No Doubt's previous work. The main lyrical focus of the new record
had shifted from Gwen Stefani's relationship with bassist Tony
Kanal to her new relationship with Gavin Rossdale. Return of
was critically acclaimed, but was not as commercially
successful as their previous album, and the lead single, "Ex-Girlfriend
", failed to chart on the
Billboard Hot 100
in the United
States. Also released as singles from the album were the tracks
"Simple Kind of Life
After Return of Saturn
, the band returned to recording in
January 2001. During this time, it contributed a cover version of
's "Love to Love You Baby
" for the
soundtrack and recorded
a song with Kelis
for her album Wanderland
. Stefani made high-profile
appearances on Moby
's "South Side
" and Eve
's "Let Me
Blow Ya Mind
". These appearances lent No Doubt credibility and
an opportunity to explore new genres. Highly influenced by
Jamaican dancehall music and
recorded primarily in Jamaica, the band's 2001 studio album,
Rock Steady, produced
two hit Grammy-winning singles, "Hey Baby", which featured Bounty Killer, and "Underneath It All", which featured the
first lady of dancehall, Lady Saw.
Both singles managed to reach the top five on the Billboard Hot
100. The album also released "Hella Good
" as singles. In
addition, pop-star Prince
co-wrote, produced, and performed on "Waiting Room" from Rock
. Stefani had previously provided vocals for a song on
Prince's Rave Un2 the Joy
album, "So Far, So Pleased". In November 2002, No
Doubt made an appearance in the Dawson's Creek episode "Spiderwebs".
2003 was a big year of releases for No Doubt. The album
, a compilation of the band's
commercially-released singles, was released on November 25, 2003.
It included a cover
of the song
", which had originally been a hit for synthpop
group Talk Talk
in 1984, and earned No Doubt a Grammy nomination for Pop
Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal. Additionally, a special
2-CD 2-DVD box set
available, which included the CDs The Singles 1992–2003
and Everything in Time
and the DVDs The Videos
and Live in the Tragic Kingdom
Separately, Rock Steady
, a DVD of the band performing in Long Beach from
their Rock Steady tour was released in 2003 as well. The next year,
the band was featured in a re-recording
of the Toots & the Maytals
song "Monkey Man
band also toured with blink-182
mid-2004, before embarking on a hiatus.
Stefani performing on the Harajuku
Lovers Tour 2005.
Lead singer Gwen Stefani
began work on
her 1980s-inspired New Wave
side project in 2003, which
eventually evolved into the full-fledged solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
, released on November
23, 2004. The album reached multi-platinum status in several
countries, including a quintuple platinum certification in Canada
and triple platinum in the U.S. Stefani launched her first solo
arena tour in October 2005, which coincided with the news of her
(her son, Kingston James
McGregor Rossdale, was born on May 26, 2006). She released her
second solo dance-pop album, The
in December 2006.
In early 2005, Tom Dumont
own solo music project, Invincible
, with friend and collaborator Ted Matson, and backed
up Matt Costa
on his 2005 tour. Adrian Young
, the band's drummer, did the drums
for Bow Wow Wow
's 2004 tour and many of
the tracks on Unwritten Law
release, Here's to the
, as well as featuring on several shows in 2006
. Young will also be playing on
's upcoming album.
Return to music (2008–present)
With Stefani promoting her second solo album, No Doubt began
initial work on a new album without her and planned to complete it
after Stefani's tour
finished. In March 2008, the band started making posts concerning
the progression of the album on their official fan forum. Stefani
made a post on March 28, 2008 stating that songwriting had
commenced but was slow on her end because she was, at the time,
pregnant with her second child.
Manager Jim Guerinot said the yet-untitled album is being produced
by Mark "Spike" Stent, who helped produce and mix Rock
. Between Stefani's pregnancy and recording, No Doubt
did not tour in 2008, but Guerinot promised, they plan to hit the
road hard in 2009 for their first full-fledged band tour in nearly
No Doubt announced on their official website that they will
tour in the summer of 2009
, Janelle Monáe
, Katy Perry
at the Disco
, and Matt Costa
finishing their upcoming album, which is set for release in 2010.
Tickets for the tour went on sale March 7, 2009. As a special
promotion for the tour, the band is giving away their entire music
catalog free as a digital download with purchase of top tier
In 2009, No Doubt made an appearance on the television series
playing a fictional band called "Snowed Out" in the episode
performed their cover version of the Adam and the Ants
song "Stand and Deliver
played at the Bridge School
Benefit organized by Neil Young on
October 24 and 25, 2009 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
During their performance on the 25th, Gwen
stated, "We're trying to write a new record."
On November 4, 2009, the Los
reported that No Doubt had filed a lawsuit
over its portrayal in the music video game Band Hero
. The lawsuit alleged that the game
had "transformed No Doubt band members into a virtual karaoke
circus act". The case was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and
, the game's developer,
as having exceeded contractual likenesses of the members of No
- Stephen Bradley –
keyboards, trumpet, backing vocals (1995–2004,
- Gabrial McNair – keyboards,
trombone, backing vocals (1993–2004,
- Eric Carpenter – saxophone (1988–1994)
- Paul Caseley – trombone (1987–1990)
- Gabriel Gonzalez – trumpet (1986–1989)
- Don Hammerstedt – trumpet (1990–1992)
- Alex Henderson – trombone (1991–1993)
- Phil Jordan - trumpet (1992–1995)
- Chris Leal – bass guitar (1986–1987)
- Kevin Wells - trombone (1986–1987)
- Jerry McMahon – guitar (1986–1988)
- Alan Meade – trumpet, co-lead vocals
- Tony Meade – saxophone (1986–1988)
- Chris Webb – drums (1986–1989)
- John Spence – original
lead vocals (1986–1987)
- Eric Stefani – keyboards, guitar
Awards and nominations
The Grammy Awards
are awarded annually
by the National Academy
of Recording Arts and Sciences
||Best New Artist
||Best Rock Album
Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
|Song of the
||Return of Saturn
||Best Rock Album
||Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
||Best Dance Recording
||Best Pop Vocal Album
||"Underneath It All"
||Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
MTV Video Music Awards
The MTV Video Music Awards
were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the
top music videos of the year.
||Best Group Video
||"Underneath It All"
||Best Pop Video
||Best Group Video
|Best Pop Video
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