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In the world of corrupting music about suicide, murders and killings, the punk-guitar sound of No Doubt gives an upbeat riff to the ears of listeners. Band vocalist Gwen Stefani, bassist Tony Kanal, guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young plunk an acknowledgment to the fact that music doesn’t have to be disheartening to be worthy of listening. The band members came together in the summer of 1986, a summer that changed music history. They, like all music rookies, played at house parties and basement parties until their name got around. Their first authorized show was at Fender's in Long Beach, CA in March of 1987. This horn-friendly posse has put out 6 albums. Their first album released in 1992, self-titled. Second album put out in 1995, The Beacon Street Collection. Tragic Kingdom, out on October of 1995. Return of Saturn released April 11, 2000, and Rock Steady put out December 11, 2001. And an album of their hit singles from 1992-2003 called The Singles.

Gwen and Eric Stefani's parents were inspired by folk music such as Bob Dylan and Emmy Lou Harris. Music ran through the household all their lives. Eric became fascinated with an English ska band, Madness. Eric soon started singing and playing piano to his Madness albums. As the music ran more rapidly in his veins, he started getting vocal ideas and trying to persuade his thirteen year old sister, Gwen, to sing his ideas while he played. “I couldn’t sing, she could”, said Eric. In spring 1987 Gwen, Eric and a friend John Spence conjured a band. No doubt was one of John's preferred phrases and seemed like a positive and uplifting phrase to name themselves after, therefore No Doubt became the name that this Emmy winning band has taken on. John Spence was the main central position of the band. After a month they had a drummer and a horns section and became a 7-piece band. Tony Kanal thought No Doubt was sensational when he first saw them live. Then a week later auditioned for them as Bassist. After only two songs he coupled the band when he was barely 16. Gwen was 17, and one night in June she decided to make her move. The couple hid their relationship in apprehension of others judgment. No Doubts immense show was coming up. John had pushed everyone to play everyday and as many gigs as they could to get ready. In little time before their big concert was to be performed, John Spence committed suicide when he was only 18. Later the band found the talent of Tom Dumont, just after Gwen and Tony admitted their love to the rest of the band members.

No Doubt started opening shows for bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers. Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers helped the band get their first record going in the studios. Adrian Young had tried out to be the bands drummer. He fibbed and said he’d been playing the drums for eight years, when in actuality it was only a year and a half. No matter how long he had been playing in actuality, he still seemed high-quality enough to be the new drummer of the impish posse No Doubt. Band vocalist Gwen Stefani, bassist Tony Kanal, guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young are No Doubt.

 

Arika Vigil - December 2003


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