Friday, 28 November 2008

No Doubt Are (Holla)Back

When Gwen
Stefani released her epic slice of pop perfection What You Waiting For? back in 2004, it seemed that No Doubt might become a mere footnote in pop history. Granted, ND had their own moments of glory, but nothing compared to the magnificent madness of Gwennie Gwen Gwen and her Harajuku Girls.

While No Doubt never officially split, Helen Of Troy... was still a little surprised when we heard last week that Ms
Stefani will re-join her bandmates for a world tour in 2009. It has since been announced that the band's first live date in five years will happen in New York in May, and will feature a mix of new material and old classics. While Gwen's loyalty is commendable, Helen Of Troy... would choose solo Stefani over ND any day. Away from the ska-lite constraints of No Doubt, she's blossomed into one of the most delightfully bonkers, culturally important popstars of the noughties, so we don't really understand why she's going back.

bandmates had better pull something pretty special out of the hat if they don't want this tour to seem like a pity party!

We're not sure if we're being a little harsh on the old No Doubt boys, so we'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Is this tour a step backwards or can both brand Gwen and No Doubt co-exist in
poifect harmony?


Adem With An E said...

It's interesting, I've always hoped that ND would reform in some shape or another. I loved Gwen's first album, hated the follow up. I'm really happy they're reforming, because I think this will give her enough time to seriously think about her solo career more heavily, rather than just bang out another shit album.

More pop than ska roots though, ND please.

Helen of... said...

The Sweet Escape was so bad wasn't it? It was such a let down when it came out. Are you optimistic about the ND reformation?