No Doubt is an American rock band from Anaheim, California, that formed in 1986.
Since 1995, the group has consisted of vocalist Gwen Stefani, guitarist and keyboardist Tom Dumont, bassist and keyboardist Tony Kanal, and drummer Adrian Young.
The group’s next album, Return of Saturn (2000), despite the Top 40 hit single “Simple Kind of Life”, did not match the success of their previous but received critical praise and was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 43rd Grammy Awards.
Fifteen months later, the band reappeared with Rock Steady (2001), which incorporated reggae and dancehall 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.
The album produced two Grammy-winning singles, “Hey Baby” and “Underneath It All”, as well as “Hella Good.”
In December 1987, Spence committed suicide several days before the band was to play a gig at The Roxy Theatre for record industry employees.
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, and No Doubt continued to develop a live following in California.
In early 1988, Tom Dumont 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.
Adrian Young replaced Chris Webb as the drummer the following year.
The self-titled album failed to hit the mark with only 30,000 copies sold.
Radio stations refused to play their songs and Interscope refused to support the band’s tour.
The remaining members began writing for their next album with Matthew Wilder as producer.
Eric stepped back from the band since the creative direction was intervened.
Interscope lost faith in the band at that time and licensed it to Trauma Records in 1995.
On 22 November 2002, No Doubt received the Key to the City of Anaheim, given by the Mayor of Anaheim, Tom Daly in Disneyland during the band’s appearance on ‘Breakfast with Kevin and Bean’ (KROQ-FM) where they performed five songs.
On February 15, 2011, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District affirmed the trial court’s denial of Activision’s special motion to strike No Doubt’s lawsuit as a strategic lawsuit against public participation, after an interlocutory appeal by Activision.
The appellate court explained that the dispute arose from No Doubt’s discovery, two weeks before Band Hero went on sale, that its band members could be manipulated in the game to perform songs they would never perform in real life.
The court then explained: “The band also learned that female lead singer Gwen Stefani’s avatar could be made to sing in a male voice, and the male band members’ avatars could be manipulated to sing songs in female voices.
The individual band member avatars could be made to perform solo, without their band members, as well as with members of other groups.”
No Doubt is one of the more unique success stories of the ’90s.
Ska music has long been a mainstay of the fertile Orange County punk scene…and No Doubt has been playing what they consider to be a pure form of the genre for nearly a decade in the OC clubs.