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"Don't speak,
I know just what you're saying,
So please stop explaining,
Don't tell me cause it hurts.
Don't speak,
I know what you're thinking,
I don't need your reasons,
Don't tell me cause it hurts."
— "Don't Speak"

No Doubt is an American Third Wave Ska and New Wave Music-influenced Alternative Rock band founded in 1986. Yep, that long. The band consisted of Gwen Stefani (vocals), Tom Dumont (guitar), Adrian Young (drums) and Tony Kanal (bass). While their first two albums didn't sell well, Tragic Kingdom revived ska for The '90s. The band has won two Grammys and has sold albums worldwide.

The band started out of Anaheim, California, and became a hit with the release of the singles "Just A Girl" and "Don't Speak" and the release of the Tragic Kingdom album, which was highly influenced by the relationship between Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal. After 2004 the band took a hiatus for Gwen to work on her solo career. They returned with a 2009 summer tour, and released a new album in 2012.

Gwen Stefani may be be a vampire.



  • No Doubt (1992)
  • The Beacon Street Collection (1995)
  • Tragic Kingdom (1995)
  • Return of Saturn (2000)
  • Rock Steady (2001)
  • Push and Shove (2012)


  • The '90s: Tend to be associated most with this decade because of the success of 1995's Tragic Kingdom, though they wouldn't release another album for the remainder of the decade.
  • Abbey Road Crossing: Push and Shove has a cover which looks like that of Let It Be.
  • Anti-Love Song: "Hey You" cynically compares a soon-to-be Happily Married couple to faceless Ken and Barbie dolls.
  • Bad Girl Song
  • Band of Relatives: Gwen and Eric Stefani are brother and sister; Eric would leave the band after Tragic Kingdom.
  • Black Widow: The video for "It's My Life" sees Gwen as one of these with the male members of the band as her victims.
  • Break-Up Song: "Don't Speak", "Ex-Girlfriend", "End It On This".
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  • Closed Door Rapport: "Sunday Morning" was inspired by one of these between Gwen and Tony in real life, according to the liner notes from their Greatest Hits album.
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: "It's My Life", originally by Talk Talk.
  • Epic Rocking: "The Climb". More recently, "Settle Down".
  • Fading into the Next Song: "Sixteen" into "Sunday Morning" on Tragic Kingdom.
  • Fangirl: Gwen says she used to be such a big Madness fangirl that she cried when she heard that Suggs was married. She's definitely a fangirl of 2 Tone in general.
  • Geeky Analogy: Tony Kanal compared Rock Steady to Return of the Jedi in Rolling Stone:
    "It's like, full of Ewoks. You know, just happy."
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Gwen and her "super-kawaii!" later on.
  • Green Aesop: "World Go 'Round".
  • "I Am" Song: "Just A Girl" tells what Gwen is but would rather not be.
  • Image Song: See "I Am Song"
  • Intercourse with You: "Underneath It All".
  • Heel Realization: The meaning of Sweet Escape "I know I've been a real bad girl. I didn't mean for you to get hurt"
  • Hidden Track: Return of Saturn has "Too Late Instrumental", hidden after either "Dark Blue" (on the normal edition of the album) or "Big Distraction" (the bonus track on the European and Australian editions).
  • Last Note Nightmare: The title track on Tragic Kingdom speeds up at the end, until it gets too chaotic for the band to keep up, and the song completely falls apart.
  • Lead Bassist: Tony Kanal, primarily due to him being one of the band's main songwriters.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Spiderwebs" is a very upbeat song about a Stalker with a Crush who keeps calling Gwen. Apparently it's based on real events.
  • Male Band, Female Singer: Gwen is not only the vocalist, but also the only woman in the band. Played With in the music video for "Don't Speak", an Ur-Example.
  • Mood Dissonance: "Ex-Girlfriend" has a very upbeat vibe in the music, but the lyrics are another story...
  • Mood Whiplash: A frequent side effect of the band's Genre Roulette tendencies. A notable example is "You Can Do It", an incredibly upbeat, disco-inspired dance track that shows up on Tragic Kingdom right after their most famous breakup song, "Don't Speak".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Gwen, it helps that she doesn't seem to age.
    • Seriously, cute blonde from California who invoked Bare Your Midriff on a regular basis and writhed on-stage singing unapologetically about her love life? No wonder so many 90s punks fell in love with her.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: This is a Real Life example. Gwen Stefani's brother Eric started the band, and she kept her relationship with Tony secret from him.note 
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Many of their songs mash up elements from different genres, but "Ex-Girlfriend" is especially notable for its jarring shifts between its hard-driving rock and its rap verses, with a bit of Latin guitar thrown in for good measure.
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  • Odd Friendship: Gwen with rapper Eve.
  • Older Than They Look: Gwen is in her late forties. If you saw her and thought she was in her 30s, or even as young as her 20s, nobody would blame you.
  • Pixellation: Gwen's butt in the video for "Hella Good." Adrian's genitals in the video for "Hey Baby".
  • Pun-Based Title: Tragic Kingdom. Considering the band's from Anaheim, and Anaheim is the location of the first Disneyland theme park...
  • Shout-Out: "Hella Good" showed people playing Jet Set Radio Future.
    • The "Ex Girlfriend" music video is inspired by Kite starting at 2:12.
    • Their new song "Settle Down" featuring a scene in the beginning in which Tony Kanal grabs an orange and savors it. This calls back to the video for "Don't Speak", which starts with him pulling a rotten orange from a tree and ends with him putting it back.
    • Listen carefully to the random horn soloing at the end of "Tragic Kingdom". One of them riffs on the Star Wars theme.
  • Sibling Team: While Eric Stefani was in the band.
  • Special Guest: Bradley Nowell on "Total Hate 95".
    • Mike Garson plays the piano on the hidden instrumental version of "Too Late", from Return of Saturn.
  • Ska: Definitely the most successful of the third wave revival bands.
  • Stalker with a Crush: "Spiderwebs" is about Gwen's attempts to avoid one of these.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: "Just A Girl" was written to show Gwen's frustration with this stereotype.
  • Take That!: "Tragic Kingdom" is a pretty massive one aimed at Disney.
  • Those Two Guys: Horn players/keyboardists Stephen Bradley and Gabrial MacNair.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: "Hey Baby", "Underneath It All" and "Push and Shove" feature the reggae equivalent of this trope, with guest appearances by Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, and Busy Signal & Major Lazer, respectively.


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