Now with the release of their second single, “Looking Hot” off the Push and Shove album, and with yesterday’s debut of the video to boot, is there any doubt Gwen Stefani and the “No Doubt” sound are back. It’s the band’s sixth studio album to date, but judging from some of the response to their “Looking Hot” video it does appear the band may have hit a bump in the road over their choices of costumes, Native American overtones and western setting on the new production.
One comment in particular stated: “This video is very insensitive and very discourteous. Stefani, you have disrespected and slighted the entire Native American people with your counterfeit portrayal of our heritage. The way you pranced and frolic around, dressed in so called Native American attire, is a mockery of our way of life and culture. You have also debased all Native American women. The word squaw is very insulting and demeaning to me and all Native American women.”
Another YouTube viewers commented in support of Stefani: Saying; “This video is only for musical purposes only not in any way criticizing your culture. I know you guys have been through a lot I have lived in Montana most of my life I learned a lot about Native Americans and their side but this video wasn’t trying to hate or be offensive.”
All things considered, the band’s efforts were well received.
Earlier in the week, Tony Kanal and his 9-month-old daughter, Coco attended Gwen Stefani’s Halloween party in Los Angeles. Gwen and Gavin Rossdale were vampires while Kingston was a Star Wars storm trooper and Zuma was Luke Skywalker.
Guests Jessica Alba and her family came as The Incredibles and Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman bought Skyler who was dressed as a cowboy.
Perhaps some of you might remember, before Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani’s break up song, “ Don’t Speak” rode a wave of young teenage fandom carrying the rock star to legendary status. It’s been 16 years since the iconic hit Don’t Speak hit the charts, but Gwen Stefani is back; and her “No Doubt” band mate, ex-beau Tony Kanal, still finds that the past still tortures him. According to Kanal, it’s hard to talk about their breakup.
Gwen, 42, wrote “No Doubt” after Tony broke up with her, following a seven year relationship with the ex-beau.
The pair now say it was an extremely difficult time for them as they had to perform the song every night together, with Tony calling the torturing experience ‘brutal.’
Tony, 42, revealed to the Guardian that it wasn’t easy for him to stand next to his ex-girlfriend on stage while she sang of the heartbreak he caused. “Oh definitely. We were on tour for Tragic Kingdom for 28 months. We were going through the breakup, and in every interview we were talking about it so we were opening this wound on an hourly basis.”
“It was so brutal but I don’t know how we made it through.”
The pair have now long moved on from the heartbreak, and Gwen thinks it actually helped her become a better songwriter.
“Before I was really passive, all I cared about was being in love with my boyfriend. I didn’t have any creative power, nothing.”
‘But after the breakup I just started writing all these songs and suddenly I was: “Oh I think I’m really good at this!’”
Gwen now splits her time between Los Angeles and London, where she lives with her rock star husband Gavin Rossdale and their two boys, Kingston, six, and Zuma, four.
Even though Gwen and Gavin are both fronting rock bands, it appears Gavin isn’t a major No Doubt fan.
“Oh he’s never been a fan of what we do. He’s more into dark, indie stuff,” Gwen said during the interview.
“But I’m not saying he doesn’t think I’m amazing.”
With both Stefani and Kanal in strong relationships, they still shine when their together as they were on Halloween. And it’s especially great that the two have remained such good friends.
And why not, Stefani fronted the band for 23 years so the two exes had plenty of time to get over their issues.
She is known for her quirky style and music, and it seems the No Doubt singer develops ideas for her music and fashion brands in her own unique way.
The musician also reflected on her near-20 years of success with No Doubt: “I’m telling you right now, being number one or playing in a garage – they’re both super fun!”
The star had previously admitted that it can be a struggle to balance her family commitments with No Doubt.