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Entertainment Asia/Europe: No Doubt Part two - No Doubt's Gwen Stefani talks about their new sound
02/07/2002
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TAPE: EF02/0096 IN_TIME: 06:58:44 / 14:33:02 DURATION: 4:16 SOURCES: APTN/Universal Music RESTRICTIONS: music video/performance rights must be cleared DATELINE: January 2002, London SHOTLIST 1. Video clip - 'Hey Baby', No Doubt 2. SOT Gwen Stefani (on recording part of album in Jamaica) - "We were really into this whole dance hall flavour and Tony had the idea 'let's go to Jamaica, I bet we could go to Jamaica and the record company would pay for it, we'll hook up with Sly and Robbie, these legendary producers' and he knew some guys down there because he had gone about a year and half ago and came back really inspired and he hooked it all up and the next thing that you know we are there." 3. Video clip - 'Hey Baby' 4. SOT Gwen Stefani - "That was another thing that we said that if there was any talented amazing people that wanted to work with us that we would hang out with them and see if any of their talent would rub off on us." 5. Video clip - '1999', Prince 6. SOT Gwen Stefani (on working with Prince) - "Prince was amazing, just getting the call to go and sing on his record and then in return he was going to do a song with us, one of our songs and Tom and I and Tony wrote this song called the waiting room and gave the demo to Prince and he flew us all out to Paisley Park and he had re-worked the whole song and recorded this incredible version of it." 7. Video clip - 'Let Me Blow Ya Mind', Gwen Stefani and Eve 8. SOT Gwen Stefani (on influence of duet with Eve) - "I think hip hop in the last three years has been really cool. Out of all the music, Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, all that stuff, I think that Hip Hop really inspired us because those tracks are the most creative tracks that were coming out in the last few years." 9. Video clip - 'Let Me Blow Ya Mind', Gwen Stefani and Eve 10. SOT Gwen Stefani (on influence of hip hop) - "The way that was influencing us is basically by the song structure of a hip hop songs where you have a consistent beat which is something that No Doubt has a real hard time doing. We always like to play a million beats and have a hundred chords and ten bridges and I think with simplifying our sound a little bit more, it's something that we were always trying to do. We tried to do it on our last record and it didn't happen, this record we really think we did it and I think that Hip Hop music does that." 11. Video clip - 'Hey Baby', No Doubt 12. SOT Gwen Stefani (on motivations) - "We try to write music and figure out what kind of music our fans want us to write, that to me would be the biggest kind of sell out thing to do. Like, what do you think our fans will buy Tom? First of all we are not talented enough to do that, we don't have the skills to write a calculated song, second of all that would be backwards. We are in the band for ourselves, we are really selfish. We do it for us and then we share it with you." 13. Video clip - 'Hey Baby', No Doubt NO DOUBT EXPAND MUSICAL HORIZONS 'Don't Speak' hitmakers No Doubt have gone through a lot of musical styles since they started out as a Madness style Ska band in 1987, but they told APTN how their latest influences are Jamaica, Prince and Hip Hop. 'Rock Steady', their first album since 'Return of Saturn' in 2000, was released late last year, and is just 40,000 copies short of going platinum. But it is difficult not to notice how different the new single, with its bump and grind "dance hall" feel is to much of their earlier, punk inspired work. Gwen explains: "We were really in to this whole dance hall flavour and Tony had the idea 'let's go to Jamaica, I bet we could go to Jamaica and the record company would pay for it, we'll hook up with Sly and Robbie, these legendary producers' and he knew some guys down there because he had gone about a year and half ago and came back really inspired and he hooked it all up and the next thing that you know we are there." But the band have also had a chance to work with one of their idols, the The Artist Again Known as Prince, and Gwen was a little impressed: "Prince was amazing, just getting the call to go and sing on his record and then in return he was going to do a song with us, one of our songs and Tom and I and Tony wrote this song called the waiting room and gave the demo to Prince and he flew us all out to Paisley Park and he had re-worked the whole song and recorded this incredible version of it." No Doubt formed in 1987 and played their Madness influenced Ska on party circuit around Anaheim until they were signed by Interscope Records in 1991. Their first release, an odd fusion of 80s pop and ska, flopped. Interscope refused to support any more of their albums until 1995 when they released 'Tragic Kingdom', which served as testament to Stefani's break-up with No Doubt Bassist Tony Kanal. Constant touring and MTV's playing of 'Just a Girl' and 'Spiderwebs' helped the album achieve top 10 success. And when the album's third single, 'Don't Speak', became a massive hit around the world - their could be no doubt that No Doubt had arrived. Having started with Ska, moved through 80s synth pop, to 90s pop, Gwen touched down on hip-hop and a duet with Eve, 'Let Me Blow Ya Mind'. She explains how she got there: "I think hip hop in the last three years has been really cool. Out of all the music, Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, all that stuff, I think that Hip Hop really inspired us because those tracks are the most creative tracks that were coming out in the last few years." And she admits the collaboration, and hip hop as a genre, has fed back into the band's work. "The way that was influencing us is basically by the song structure of a hip hop songs where you have a consistent beat which is something that No Doubt has a real hard time doing," she explains. "We always like to play a million beats and have a hundred chords and ten bridges and I think with simplifying our sound a little bit more, it's something that we were always trying to do. We tried to do it on our last record and it didn't happen, this record we really think we did it and I think that Hip Hop music does that." Gwen recently announced her engagement to Gavin Rossdale, otherwise known as the frontman of guitar rockers Bush. Gavin, 34, proposed on New Year's morning (1JAN02) at his London home and 32-year-old Stefani happily accepted. It will be the first marriage for both singers, and is scheduled to take place in 2002, although not before Gwen and the band have finished their North American 'Rock Steady' tour. The tour kicks off Feb. 26 at the Long Beach Arena in California, when the band joins Weezer and The Offspring for a benefit as part of the Concerts For Artists Rights -- a series of shows being organized to raise money for an artists' rights lobby group. The tour proper stars March 14 in Puerto Rico, before heading to Venezuela and then returning to North America. MUSIC CLEARANCE DETAILS TITLE: Hey Baby ARTIST: No Doubt WRITER: Stefani/Kanal/Dumont/Price PUBLISHER: Universal Music LABEL: Interscope Records TITLE: Let Me Blow Ya Mind ARTIST: Gwen Stefani and Eve WRITER: Jeffers/Young/Elizondo/Storch/Jordan PUBLISHER: Windswept / Universal LABEL: Interscope Records TITLE: 1999 ARTIST: Prince WRITER: Nelson PUBLISHER: Universal LABEL: WEA International
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