Happy Birthday to the lovely [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gwen Stefani[/lastfm]!!
And to celebrate the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]No Doubt[/lastfm] frontwoman’s big day, Jack FM is making their hit, “Simple Kind of Life,” our Song of the Day.
Hey, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gavin Rossdale[/lastfm]… you are one lucky man.
Third time was indeed a charm for No Doubt.
After two unsuccessful albums, the ska band from California struck it big in 1995 with Tragic Kingdom. The album sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and is one of the best-selling albums in music history. Tragic Kingdom went to #1 on the Billboard 200 and produced such hit singles as “Spiderwebs,” “Just a Girl” and “Don’t Speak.” The latter, about Gwen Stefani’s breakup with bassist Tony Kanal, spent 16 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart and also went to #1 in Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the U.K. “Don’t Speak” earned No Doubt Grammy nominations, including one for Song of the Year.
After the release of Tragic Kingdom, No Doubt hit the road for a grueling 27-month world tour. With their infectious live shows and Gwen Stefani’s alluring stage presence, it didn’t take long for No Doubt to reach international superstardom.
The band soon returned to the studio and, in 2000, released their fourth studio album, Return of Saturn. Although it debuted at #2 and was certified platinum in the U.S., sales of Return of Saturn fell short of expectations. The album spawned two hit singles: the Modern Rock-friendly “Ex-Girlfriend” and the Top 40 “Simple Kind of Life,” which is Jack’s Song of the Day. “Simple Kind of Life” reflected Gwen’s longing for marriage and domesticity, who, at the time, was in a relationship with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bush[/lastfm] singer Gavin Rossdale (They would later marry in 2002 and have two sons).
Rock Steady, No Doubt’s fifth album, was released in 2001. Delving into such musical styles as synthpop and Jamaican dance, Rock Steady was considered to be the band’s commercial comeback. The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200 and sold two million copies. The singles “Hey Baby” and “Underneath It All” both won Grammys for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
A compilation album, The Singles ’92 – ’03, followed two years later and included the Top 10 hit “It’s My Life,” a remake of the 1984 [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Talk Talk[/lastfm] song.
In 2004, No Doubt went on hiatus. It was during this time that Gwen Stefani launched a successful solo career. She released two multi-platinum albums, Lamb Angel Music Baby and The Sweet Escape. After a five-year break, the band regrouped and hit the road for a national tour in 2009. Since then, No Doubt have been busy working on their sixth studio album, which they hope to release sometime next year.
Here’s No Doubt performing their hit, “Hella Good.” Gwen Stefani makes Jack FM feel hella good.
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