Gwen Stefani can't listen to No Doubt's Return of Saturn album. The singer says it was a painful time working on the 2000 LP as her personal life was in a mess so she can't ever being herself to play it again.
Talking about why the band put a birth-control dispenser on the cover, Gwen said, "That was 'cause I was thinking, 'Am I gonna have a baby? Am I gonna be married?' It was a really nasty time period for me. I can't listen to that record. Ever. I found the journals to that record and I can't read them. It's so dark!"
Gwen - who now has two sons, Kingston, six, and Zuma, four, with husband Gavin Rossdale, whom she married in 2002 - admits a lot of the songs on the album are very "self-indulgent," though she is proud of some of her writing on the record: "That record is so self-indulgent. There's some really good songwriting on that record, though. I think 'Magic's in the Make-up' is one of the best songs I've ever written."
Native American fans of No Doubt have protested against the band's latest music video for their song, "Looking Hot," prompting the group to pull it from YouTube.
The ska-rock band addressed complaints about the video - which sees the band don Native American and cowboy garb - on their website:
"As a multi-racial band our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures. Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history.
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No Doubt never intended their break to be as long as it was.
The "Hey Baby" hitmakers - made up of Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont - have just released their first new album for 11 years, Push and Shove, and they admit when they first decided to go on hiatus in 2004 they never realized it would take so many years to get back together.
During an appearance on UK TV show This Morning, Gwen said, "We actually never were apart [as friends], I mean, we always planned to do another record."
Adrian revealed, "There was a pause. I mean we had talked about making another record, but we just didn't know how long it was going to take in between... What people don't really realize is that we saw each other quite often, but we all started having families. So there were a few years off and then we got back together and worked on the record."
Taylor Swift, Muse and No Doubt will perform at the 2012 MTV European Music Awards (EMA).
The trio are the first batch of performers announced take to the stage at the ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany on November 11, and the "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" hitmaker - who has been nominated for five EMAs including Best Live Act and Best Live Stage - can't wait to sing at the spectacle.
"I've always wanted to go to the EMA, because you hear about the spectacle of it, and how everyone just goes all out for their performances. To be nominated for five EMAs was the most exciting feeling, and I was absolutely blown away. I can't wait to be there this year and perform on the show!"
No Doubt - who will go up against Taylor for the Best Pop accolade at the ceremony - are "really excited" about performing some of their new tracks from latest album Push and Shove at the event.
No Doubt feel every song on their new album is "pretty awesome."
Guitarist Tom Dumont - who is joined in the band by Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young - admits the new LP Push and Shove is not the kind of work where you have to skip past filler tracks as he thinks they are all very good: "I love all the songs on the album, and I think for me, personally, I love albums the most where you don't have to forward past filler, and I don't want to presume to make that judgment on our album, but for me, I feel like every song is pretty awesome."
However, he is particularly enamored with the final song on the album because it has a feeling of a "prom" theme. "The last song on the album is called 'Dreaming the Same Dream,' and as we were writing it, we were trying to do this prom song, and there's just something about it that I love. It has this amazing ending that ends the album really powerfully. Right now, that's my jam," he said.
No Doubt "couldn't write" when they first sat down to create new album Push and Shove. The "Settle Down" hitmakers struggled to come up with songs when they decided to work on a new LP, and lead-singer Gwen Stefani admits they had to keep re-recording what they created because they weren't sure about the sound.
"When we first started writing, we couldn't write, and then we finally got inspired and we started writing songs but they were coming slowly, like one at a time... and after we wrote, like, three songs, we got so excited that we went in and recorded them, just to see where we were at. And then we kept re-recording them, until we got to a place where we felt 'This is it.'"
Gwen Stefani's solo career was "never meant to be taken seriously."
The singer has reunited with her original band, No Doubt, for their new album, Push and Shove and despite having sold millions of copies of her two solo records, her heart always lay with her original band.
"It just feels so much more natural being back in this mode. The solo records allowed me to indulge my girly side but it was never meant to be taken seriously. It was just like an art project that kept going longer than I expected. The group never ended - we always knew we'd come back to make this album."
Gwen, 42, also said her rocker husband, Gavin Rossdale from Bush doesn't listen to her ska-pop group - which also includes Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont - as he doesn't like their style of music: "Oh, he's never been a fan of what we do. He's more into dark, indie stuff. But I'm not saying he doesn't think I'm amazing."
No Doubt say their music is a series of "accidents and mistakes." The "Just a Girl" hitmakers have never had a specific plan when it comes to recording music and admit their new album Push and Shove was created by trial and error.
"We don't know what we're doing. Everything's basically a series of accidents and mistakes," singer Gwen Stefani jokingly told MTV News. Tony Kanal, the band's bassist, added, "Honestly ... we just make music that we love and we want to play. We get inspired by something, and we kind of go with it."
No Doubt's party room has been turned into a creche.
The chart-topping group - made up of Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont - are set to go on tour again following the release of their new album "Push and Shove," and they admit their partying days are a long behind them now they all have young families.
"I can't wait to get out there and play this (record) live. Everybody has their own tour bus now and we have a traveling caravan. So when we get to the venue the nannies set up the romper room, which is the room that used to be our backstage party room, with the DJ and the bar. That's gone now and it's for the kids," said Gwen, who has sons Kingston, six, and Zuma, four, with husband Gavin Rossdale.
"Things have changed since we last put a record out. We now go on tour with our families. But then we've always been a big family anyway. We've just expanded," Tony added to The Sun.
No Doubt have made "the album of our lives." The "Don't Speak" hitmakers are confident their first record in eleven years, Push and Shove, is worth the wait and are "so proud" of the finished product.
"We would've loved for it to come out sooner. At the same time, we realized the people that care about us, that have given us our lives, are out there waiting for us, so what does it matter if it's a month here or a month there? As long as we make the record of our lives that we are so proud of. Otherwise, why put something out?" singer Gwen Stefani told Billboard.
The band credit their 2009 reunion tour with giving them the confidence and inspiration to return to the studio, as they realized their solid fan base was willing to stick by them. "We had writer's block up until that point. When we did that tour, it was the waking of the dead. Not only did we get our confidence back, on top of that it gave us the feeling of not needing to rush. All these amazing people were still coming out to see us, so we thought, 'Let's make the best record we can make now.' We wouldn't have this record if we didn't do that tour," bassist Tony Kanal added.
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