I’m not the type of person that gets overly excited when I meet “famous” people (I hate that word). I don’t get “star-struck” or awkward around people that other people know – or rather, any more awkward than the average person talking to a stranger.
Anyway, I’m digressing. My point is that there has only ever been one band that has made me giddy with glee.
And that band is No Doubt.
I’ve only ever seen No Doubt perform once, and it was one of the most exciting moments of my life.
You see, No Doubt was the first band that made me appreciate music. My older cousin, Louisa, made me listen to Tragic Kingdom when I was in elementary school. We were in her basement. I loved the music. I loved the album cover art. I loved Gwen Stefani’s platinum blonde hair.
I went home and tried to memorize all the words to ‘Spiderwebs’ – which, without the internet, proved impossible for me.
And so, No Doubt became my favourite band. Rock Steady became the first record I bought with my own cash, and I cried when I dropped it on the deck at my friend’s cottage, slightly scratching the CD’s surface.
When they toured in 2009, I proudly bought a ticket (and a poster, and a tote bag), and sat eagerly on the edge of my seat until the foursome took stage. I jumped, I sang, I skanked, I laughed, and then I did something I had never done before and have never done since:
I merrily waved goodbye back to a tiny Gwen on stage.
Silly, I know, but I remember thinking, ‘Did I actually just do that?’ And then promptly not caring that I did.
So, you can imagine my eager anticipation of the new No Doubt record – the one that we have been teased with for the better part of a few years.
The track starts off with the chirp of strings, before zinging into the reggae-infused ska that we all know and love. Then Gwen’s voice picks up exactly where she left off:
“Get get get in line, and settle down / Get in line, and settle down”
It’s perfectly-aged No Doubt, ten years later. They’re not trying to resurrect the ’90s; they’re not even trying to reinvent them. They’re just making great music as they always have.
Even the video is perfectly-aged No Doubt – it includes throw-backs to their incredibly vast past (an orange, Stefani’s redred lips), but has an exciting new aura surrounding it.
Look, I don’t want to make your mind up for you, so just watch the video for the track here:
And check out No Doubt’s webisodes here.