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With the return of the punks in the mid-'90s came a resurgence of their slightly more commercial rivals, new wave bands. No Doubt found a niche as a new wave/ska band, on the strength of vocalist Gwen Stefani's persona -- alternately an embrace of little-girl-lost innocence and riot grrrl feminism -- exemplified on the band's break-out single, "Just a Girl." Formed in early 1987 as a ska band inspired by Madness, the lineup of No Doubt initially comprised John Spence, Gwen Stefani, and her brother Eric. While playing the party-band circuit around Anaheim, the trio picked up bassist Tony Kanal, born in India but raised in Great Britain and the U.S. Hardened by the suicide of Spence in December 1987, No Doubt nevertheless continued; Gwen became the lone vocalist and the group added guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young. No Doubt's live act began to attract regional interest, and Interscope Records signed them in 1991. The band's debut a year later, an odd fusion of '80s pop and ska, sank without a trace in the wake of the grunge movement. As a result, Interscope refused to support No Doubt's tour or further recordings. The band responded by recording on their own during 1993-1994; the result was the self-released Beacon Street Collection, much rawer and more punk-inspired than the debut. Eric Stefani left just after its release, later working as an animator for The Simpsons. By late 1994, Interscope allowed recordings to resume, and Tragic Kingdom was released in October 1995. The album served as a document of the breakup of Gwen Stefani and Kanal, whose relationship had lasted seven years. Thanks to constant touring and the appearance of "Just a Girl" and "Spiderwebs" on MTV's Buzz Bin, the album hit the Top Ten in 1996. Stefani, who has made no secret of her pop ambitions, became a centerpiece of attention as an alternative to the crop of tough girls prevalent on the charts. By the end of the year, Tragic Kingdom hit number one on the album charts, almost a year after its first release; the record's third single, the ballad "Don't Speak," was the band's biggest hit to date. No Doubt's much-anticipated follow-up, The Return of Saturn, was released in the spring of 2000, and "Simple Kind of Life" and "Ex-Girlfriend" were both critically successful at the mainstream and college levels. A year later, Stefani also hooked up with rap chanteuse Eve for the single "Let Me Blow Your Mind" (it went on to earn a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002); however, Stefani also joined her band for the release of their fifth album. The ska revival and new wave sounds of Rock Steady were issued hot on the heels of debut single "Hey Baby" in December 2001. Rock Steady generated several major hits -- the heavy synths of "Hella Good" and the seductive reggae of "Underneath It All" being the biggest -- and the group continued touring the record over the next couple of years, all leading to the release of the hits collection The Singles 1992-2003 in 2003. The following year the band took a hiatus of undetermined length as Stefani launched a solo career with 2004's Love.Angel.Music.Baby. This hiatus wound up lasting the better part of a decade, during which Stefani stayed in the spotlight via two hit solo albums (the second, The Sweet Escape, arriving in 2006), while the other bandmembers pursued other projects, the most prominent being Tony Kanal's collaborations with P!nk in 2008. No Doubt eased back into action in 2009 with a reunion tour accompanied by the announcement of an impending new album. That new record took a while to complete, but it was finally finished in 2012, and released as Push and Shove that fall. It was preceded by the single "Settle Down" and debuted at number three on the Billboard charts. In 2016, as Stefani was in the midst of mounting a comeback with her third solo effort, Dumont, Kanal, and Young formed a new band with AFI frontman Davey Havok. ~ John Bush
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  2.   Just a Girl
  3.   Don't Speak
  4.   It's My Life
  5.   Spiderwebs
  6.   Sunday Morning
  7.   Hella Good
  8.   Hey Baby
  9.   Underneath It All
  10.   Excuse Me Mr.
  11.   Simple Kind of Life
  12.   Ex-Girlfriend
  13.   Bathwater
  14.   Settle Down
  15.   Oi to the World
  16.   Looking Hot
  17.   Trapped in a Box
  18.   Love to Love You Baby
  19.   I Throw My Toys Around
  20.   Brand New Day
  21.   Different People
  22.   The Climb
  23.   Marry Me
  24.   Don't Speak
  25.   New
  26.   Running
  27.   Open the Gate
  28.   Panic
  29.   Move On
  30.   Blue in the Face
  31.   Sixteen
  32.   Happy Now?
  33.   End It on This
  34.   Start the Fire
  35.   Let's Get Back
  36.   Everything in Time
  37.   Full Circle
  38.   Platinum Blonde Life
  39.   Home Now
  40.   Comforting Lie
  41.   Too Late
  42.   Magic's in the Makeup
  43.   Six Feet Under
  44.   Total Hate '95
  45.   World Go 'Round
  46.   You Can Do It
  47.   A Little Something Refreshing
  48.   Sometimes
  49.   Dark Blue
  50.   Sailin' On
  51.   BND
  52.   Dreaming the Same Dream
  53.   Heaven
  54.   Sparkle
  55.   Undone
  56.   Undercover
  57.   Gravity
  58.   Easy
  59.   One More Summer
  60.   Push and Shove
  61.   Stand and Deliver
  62.   A Rock Steady Vibe
  63.   A Real Love Survives
  64.   New & Approved
  65.   New Friend
  66.   You're So Foxy
  67.   Cellophane Boy
  68.   Leftovers
  69.   Under Construction
  70.   Don't Let Me Down
  71.   Making Out
  72.   Intro
  73.   Rock Steady
  74.   Waiting Room
  75.   In My Head
  76.   Beauty Contest
  77.   Big Distraction
  78.   Suspension Without Suspense
  79.   That's Just Me
  80.   By the Way
  81.   Greener Pastures
  82.   Stricken
  83.   Tragic Kingdom
  84.   Hey You
  85.   Paulina
  86.   Sinking
  87.   Big City Train
  88.   Sad for Me
  89.   Ache
  90.   Doormat
  91.   Detective
  92.   Staring Problem
  93.   Artificial Sweetener
  94.   Doghouse
  95.   Squeal
  96.   Snakes
  97.   Get on the Ball
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