It is time for #FlashbackFriday with "Hella Good" by No Doubt!
"Hella Good" appeared on No Doubt's 5th studio album "Rock Steady" in 2001 and was the second single from the album released in April of 2002.
The song was produced with The Neptunes and made it to number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.-DocFB
Diagnosis: The bass line of the song was trying to follow "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen and "Brick House" by The Commodores.
There is a reason why No Doubt is one of my favorite bands of all time. Tony Kanal and Gwen Stefani's song writing on "Running" is a huge part. I believe it was written that is was written In Kanal's living room from what I have read.
You could see the video of "Running" as just the last video from "Rock Steady" as say a throw-away...you would...if you were not a fan. Here was No Doubt reflecting on how far they have come with photos from their past. To me, it was an ode to their fans as a way to say thank you. I'm sure many of them (The fans) feel the same way.
The pencil pushers who were trying to compare this song to Depeche Mode songs just never got No Doubt...and obviously never will. Just like Gwen will always be an Orange County girl....
Chris Hafner did a good job with the direction of the video and the integrating of the photos of past and present No Doubt members.-DocFB
Diagnosis: No Doubt is an important part of music history. They don't get their due but they will. In the 90's, they made a statement and stood on their own with MTV mostly dominated by Pearl Jam and by the Smashing Pumpkins. Gwen and the entire band were and still are true originals. Just because they gave props to Ska, you couldn't just categorize them as Ska. If you did, that was your loss. "Rock Steady" let you know this band was here to stay. "Running" is a reflection of that. I'm so sorry if you have fallen and don't get that.....They made it...and are still "Running"......
#tbt #ThrowbackThursday kicks off with "A Simple Kind Of Life" by No Doubt. "A Simple Kind Of Life" is from "Return Of Saturn" released in 2000.
The song was produced by Glen Ballard, the man who made Alanis Morrisette, gave Aerosmith their 1st ever number 1, and gave Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" life.
The song only made it to number 38 on the Billboard charts. Interesting.
The song was recorded with no rehearsals with Gwen Stefani writing the song solo. When Gwen is allowed to write what she wants, with no restrictions, there is no one better. The process with her and No Doubt may take longer, but with songs like "A Simple Kind Of Life" the wait is more than worth it.
Enjoy this #ThrowbackThursday video directed by Sophie Muller.-DocFB
Diagnosis: The key of C...
No Doubt just confirmed DrFunkenberry's story of yesterday that No Doubt will not be touring this year while they work on a new album.
Our source is very much on the inside but we also confirmed with Live Nation so when we published the story, we would not have them denying our story even though it was true.
No Doubt released an official statement today from the studio:
Greetings from the studio in Los Angeles...Yes, that's right, the studio!
While we were traveling the world last year promoting Push And Shove, Gwen mentioned she was inspired to write new music. In December, around the time of our hometown shows, we discussed the idea of starting 2013 by getting back into the studio together. We did so in January and the new music started flowing with unexpected ease. After spending three years recording the last album, this new pace feels incredibly exciting.
We have decided to follow our muse for the time being and focus on this new music that we don't want to stop. So, we will be postponing our tour plans briefly while we endeavor to create something special and inspired. Our goal as a band is to share this new music with you as quickly as possible - both recorded and live on tour.
As always, thank you all for your kind words, incredible support and patience. We promise to keep you updated with photos and videos from the studio, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram to get the latest updates. We will see you soon!
Gwen, Tony, Tom, Adrian
The good news in all of this is MORE new music from No Doubt. I just hope that Interscope promotes the next record better. Yes, I said it. No Doubt was everywhere from the Teen Choice Awards to Kimmel. Everywhere. Interscope dropped both balls on "Push & Shove" big time.
No Doubt also has to make sure announcements for singles, performances, and even photos from the studio get out first in other places besides their Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, and Instagram. As much as that hits the hardcore fans, it is missing the others and a chance for their audience to grow. The Facebook Fanpage is the worst for artists because with Facebook trying to use their own search engine, the information rarely hits google anymore. It is frustrating as a fan of No Doubt and good music.
Here is hoping for some great new music to come from No Doubt and here is hoping that Dr.Funkenberry and the No Doubt community can help with that new music. We all would LOVE to see that.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Don't need to Push & Shove to get a hold of me ND. Just saying.
OK No Doubt fans, we have some bad news...and we have some good news. The bad news mixes in with the good news. No Doubt has decided there will be no tour in 2013.
Our source states that the band took a vote very recently and decided to stay in the studio working on a new album instead of touring behind "Push & Shove"....
We hear the writing and recording is going much smoother for them than on "Push & Shove" where it seemed like it took forever to find a groove. They do not want to mess with the cohesiveness that is taking place in the studio by doing a tour this year.
Earlier this month, a phantom date for a show by No Doubt showed up on LiveNation.com for Phoenix. Phoenix is a city that Live Nation uses as testers and does not usually mean a show is taking place there. It happens more frequently than you think.
Our source is extremely credible and I also contacted Live Nation to where they advised me that No Doubt showed up for a special Live Nation event earlier this month where Live Nation was told that No Doubt was leaning towards not touring and will decide on that in the coming weeks.
It makes perfect sense because as much as I LOVE "Push & Shove", the album just has not been selling as well as it should. The "Looking Hot" video getting pulled also did not help matters. I really wish I could have helped.
To the No Doubt fans and community, I am a HUGE supporter of No Doubt and did reach out to them to help with promotion of "Push & Shove" but there was no response. Still regretting every day running into Tony Kanal after the Van Halen show and being out of business cards. I would not post anything like this without having facts and sources to back it up.
I'm not sure when or if No Doubt will confirm the news I posted. I know just last month at Kimmel, Gwen said on stage "See you this summer" but plans have changed.-DocFB
Diagnosis: More New Music IS A Good Thing, No Doubt!
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Our 90's Flashback Jam Of The Moment is "Just A Girl" by No Doubt.
Even then, she was still an Orange County Girl, rocking her Anaheim shirt. Her look was new, it was different, and it was made for an MTV World that still played Music Video's (And allowed them to perform on their Award show even if they did perform on the Teen's Choice Awards. Sigh. MTV, you really do suck donkeyballs now.) and win multiple MTV Awards as well, mind you.
Gwen's image really did dominate the band but for those that knew music, we knew Tony, Tom, and Adrian, and when we heard there were not 1 but 2 No Doubt album's before "Tragic Kingdom" we tracked those sucker's down!
The band has just released their 6th official album "Push And Shove" and show no signs of "Settling Down" anytime soon, which is more than fine by me.
So enjoy our 90's flashback jam of the moment of "Just A Girl" by No Doubt, one of my favorite bands of all time I have yet to see live yet! I have several chances coming up later this year though.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Mad Love Always To Tony, Adrian, Tom, Gwen, and the true hardcore fans who know all about Beacon Street and then some!
No Doubt released their new album "Push & Shove" yesterday and also released the video of the same name. The video is not groundbreaking but it is a fun video.
"Push & Shove" is the band's first full length album in 11 years. Way too long if you ask me.
I know I will get flack for saying the video is not groundbreaking, compared to say videos for "Just A Girl" or "Spiderwebs" and no disrespect is intended. I thought the video for "Hey Baby" was a fun video as well and is one of my favorites. The intense look of Gwen at times during "Push & Shove" is intense, and scary all at the same time.
It doesn't matter what I think of it though. What do YOU think of "Push & Shove" by No Doubt?-DocFB
P!nk joined No Doubt at theIheartradio Festival to perform the band's classic "Just A Girl" as Gwen and P!nk puckered up.
P!nk exclaimed that Gwen is the raddest girl in the world. We couldn't agree more and we think is pretty rad too!
No Doubt's new album comes out this week and interestingly enough, will most likely knock P!nk out of the number 1 spot she will be holding this coming week.
Check out the high-octane performance above.-DocFB
Diagnosis: 2 Of My Favorite Girls