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Gwen Stefani is a founding member and lead singer of the ska-pop group No Doubt.
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Born in Anaheim, California, on October 3, 1969, Gwen Stefani first gained popularity in the 1990s as the lead singer of No Doubt. She went on to have a highly successful solo career and launch her own clothing line, L.A.M.B. After parting ways with her No Doubt bandmates in the early 2000s to begin a solo career that would ultimately gain little traction, Stefani reunited with band in 2012. Soon after, they began working on a new album,
"I think I've been able to fool a lot of people because I know I'm a dork. I'm a geek."
"I don't fight with people—like, I can barely fight with my husband because I'll just start crying instead."
"I remember when I was in school, they would ask, 'What are you going to be when you grow up?' and then you'd have to draw a picture of it. I drew a picture of myself as a bride."
Push and Shove (2012).
Singer, songwriter and designer Gwen Stefani was born on October 3, 1969, in Anaheim, California. Since rising to stardom as the lead singer of No Doubt, Stefani has become a popular and powerful figure in the world of music and fashion.
Taught to sew by her mother, Stefani developed an interest in fashion early on. Her love of music was influenced by her older brother Eric who played a lot of recordings by such ska revival bands as Madness. With friend John Spence as the lead singer, Eric started the group No Doubt, and Gwen soon joined as their second vocalist. Stefani started dating fellow bandmate Tony Kanal around this time.
After Spence's suicide in 1987, Stefani became No Doubt's lead singer. The band toiled in clubs around their native Orange County for several years. Eventually signed to the Interscope record label, No Doubt released their self-titled debut album in 1992. Unfortunately, the album failed to attract much attention from critics or the music-buying public. Stefani's relationship with Kanal also hit the skids, with the pair calling it quits in late 1993. Two years later, the band suffered another loss when Eric Stefani left the group.
With Tragic Kingdom (1995), No Doubt emerged as a leading force in popular music. Their distinctive sound—with flavors of ska, punk, and pop—won over many new fans. Reaching the top of the album charts in late 1996, the recording's success was driven in part by the hit single "Just a Girl," which has been seen as an anti-sexism anthem by many. The video for the song helped make Stefani both a fashion icon and a star. Much like Madonna before her, Stefani wowed fans with her distinctive personal style. Her look borrowed from many different scenes and cultures, from punk-style bondage pants to a forehead decoration known as a bindi traditionally worn by some Indian women.
Known for her deeply personal lyrics, Stefani found a lot of material in her failed relationship with Kanal. It is said to be the inspiration for the popular ballad, "Don't Speak," which was one of the other hits off of Tragic Kingdom. "Excuse Me Mr." and "Spiderwebs" also did well on the charts. Their follow-up album, Return of Saturn (2000), did well and again featured some very personal lyrics by Stefani. In the song "Ex-Girlfriend," she expressed her frustration with a horrible break-up.
Around this time, Stefani had dyed her trademark white-blonde locks bright fuchsia. She told Marie Claire magazine that the vivid new color was in response to her break-up with Gavin Rossdale, the lead singer of the grunge band Bush.
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