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Music / Re: No Doubt - Discography
« on: August 06, 2011, 05:33:27 pm »
No Doubt (Return Of Saturn) 2000

Return Of Saturn was definitely not a return to more of the same with their follow up to their mega successful Tragic Kingdom. The other night I was talking to a friend of mine specifically about ROS and why it wasn't on the same level of TK. And we both came to the conclusion it had to do with having "too much time" on their hands to record. There's something to be said keeping the recording process relatively short. I'm not saying it should be done in a week or two. But it should never drag on and on. And certainly not 1-2 years. Both Def Leppard and Guns N' Roses are guilty on all accounts.

There was so much animosity between the members of the band that it negatively affected the process,to the point they ended up taking an extended break from each other. Also, the songs themselves are more somber than previous efforts. Gwen yearning for a family, quitting the business, etc..doesn't really make for an upbeat album. This is not the feel-good-party-album that is Tragic Kingdom.

Even with all this, I still think it's a good record, if not a great one. It still has some standout songs like Simple Kind Of Life, Bathwater, Too Late and Suspension Without Suspense. I can take or leave Ex-Girlfriend. I think it's been played one to many times to really even enjoy it anymore. And having said all that, I think I still will be playing this one for the rest of the night. Somber = chill. And I just want to veg out right now. So, this will do just fine with me.

Fave Songs: The ones mentioned above. But my favorite and the MVP of the album goes to New, which I originally had to buy the Go Soundtrack to get my hands on it, while waiting for Return Of Saturn to see the light of day.

Album cover is a cluster ****. I prefer the back cover instead.

Music / Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now?
« on: August 06, 2011, 05:23:35 pm »
No Doubt (Tragic Kingdom) 1995

No Doubt - Discography For Tragic Kingdom Review

Books / Re: What Are You Reading?
« on: August 06, 2011, 04:51:04 pm »
Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography - Rob Lowe

Introduce Yourself / Re: Promote Yourself Here
« on: August 06, 2011, 04:37:07 pm »
Mac here.

My main **** Chip graciously invited me here. Should be fun.

Live in the Midwest and thoroughly enjoy Music, Movies and Art, amongst a whole shitload of other things.

You **** Rockstar!!! Bring it....****!!!!  :P

TV's Greatest Hits and Misses / Re: Misfits (Season 2)
« on: August 06, 2011, 02:36:52 pm »

....hardly working.

Catrin Stewart

Dexter Fletcher, Robert Sheehan & Sam Keeley

So, Nathan discovers he has a long lost Brother; Jamie. At first, my guess was that he would turn out to be the "Masked Avenger". But I kinda knew that he was nothing more than a red herring. Pretty interesting turn of events when all the kids take "ecstasy" and find out that their trips have an adverse effect to their super powers.

Big twist at the end when Nathan finds out that his brother is dead and that only he can see him....because of his immortality power. Did not see that one coming.

Music / Re: No Doubt - Discography
« on: August 06, 2011, 11:13:56 am »

No Doubt contributed Oi to the World! to the Christmas album by The Vandals. Fan interest in Oi to the World! increased and in 2000 Kung Fu Records, which by now had grown in size, re-released the album with new artwork and a bonus overture, as well as a new intro for the title track. It pays to have No Doubt in your corner to get your stuff re-release.  ;D

Music / Re: No Doubt - Discography
« on: August 06, 2011, 11:06:44 am »
No Doubt (Tragic Kingdom) 1995

Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time
Tragic Kingdom at #441

Tragic Kingdom wasn't so tragic with Eric Stefani leaving the band. With his exodus, it drastically changed the No Doubt sound-scape, both musically and more importantly lyrically. Now, Gwen was thrust into being the main songwriter of the band, whereas before she was singing from her brothers point of view, she would now be singing from her own experiences. Although he plays on the album, this is ALL Gwen, baby!

The album itself, named as a joke for Disneyland's "The Magic Kingdom" has sold 18+ million copies worldwide, and why not? There are so many great songs on here that I basically look at it as a Greatest Hits set. Just A Girl, Spiderwebs, Hey You, Sunday Morning, The Climb and Don't Speak is just the tip of the iceberg here. The entire album is just all around fun and kicks mucho ass. Perfect from top to bottom. Songwriting is top notch and the performances are impeccable. I played TK to death when I picked up the album. I was late to the No Doubt party though. I knew of them, but never bothered to check them out. It wasn't till I saw them for the first time performing at the 1996 MTV VMA where they opened the pre-show by going front and center on the ledge of Radio City Music Hall. Amazing is all I could think of when I saw them. Her.

No Doubt - Spiderwebs (1996 VMA Pre-show)

No Doubt - Just A Girl (1996 MTV VMA Pre-Show)

Fave Songs: Every last motherfucking one of 'em. Co-MVP goes to.....Don't Speak and The Climb. Picking just a couple of songs as the albums MVP is just wrong. Everyone of them deserves that honor. I just chose these two as those were the ones I played over and over well as now.

Album Cover ftw!! Classic. Front and back =  Highly recommend this. If you don't get it for the music, get it for the album cover.  ;D

Music / Re: No Doubt - Discography
« on: August 06, 2011, 10:53:30 am »
No Doubt (The Beacon Street Collection) 1995

The Beacon Street Collection was written in large part by Eric Stefani. But due to Interscope Records trying to lead the band into a music direction of their own choosing, he would eventually walk away from No Doubt to pursue an animation gig with The Simpsons rather than being told what to do. So, this album is very much in the same vein stylistically and soundwise as their Self-Titled debut. With hardly any support from their record company, they decided to build their own recording studio in their house on....Beacon Street, where they obviously get the name of their Album from. The entire recording process took all of a weekend to complete. Take THAT, Def Leppard!!!!!!

The original release of the album was minimal to their hometown. It wasn't until Tragic Kingdom exploded, that the record company reissued the album on a larger scale to capitalize from the momentum the band was generating.

As for the album itself, as before, this album relies heavily on their ska roots and I find it actually to be even better than the first. From top to bottom, it has a better overall cohesiveness with tighter songwriting and performances from the band. It's pretty amazing how well this came out given the fact that they did it all on their own, with no input from outside interferences.  If your a fan of ska and of course lots and lots of horns, this is definitely one to get. Highly recommended.

Fave Songs: All of 'em. Co-MVP goes to...Open The Gate and By The Way.

Album Cover? Not the best, that's for sure. I'd much rather the band went with the Back cover as the Front cover IMO. FYI, that's the house where they lived and recorded this album. You can see the house in all it's glory if you watch the Trapped In A Box music video as it was shot entirely on location. Unfortunately with zero support from their record company, no videos were released in support of The Beacon Street Collection. What a shame as there are a handful of songs that deserved being immortalized on film.

Music / Re: Discography Threads (Band and Singer Reviews)
« on: August 06, 2011, 10:45:27 am »
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Music / Re: No Doubt - Discography
« on: August 06, 2011, 10:32:26 am »
No Doubt (Self-Titled) 1992

I am far from a ska fan as you could get coming from my Hard Rock/Metal roots. But when I discovered No Doubt with Tragic Kindom and fell in love with Gwen Stefani, I of course went back to pick up their first 2 releases.

No Doubt, their Self-Titled debut leans heavily on their ska roots. I'll admit that it took a long time for me to warm up to it because it was so far removed from what I fell in love with on Tragic Kingdom which although ska influenced had a somewhat Pop/Rock edge to it. There is just absolutely no way I should like this, but damn's just so infectious that you just can't help wanting to play this all day long. It's not a perfect album. Definitely a couple of songs could have been dropped. But overall, I still find this to be a great album. the album itself was self-produced and recorded on their own. But when the band was signed to a record contract, they re-recorded the entire album.

The band consist of Gwen Stefani on Lead Vocals, Tony Kanal on Bass, Tom Dumont on Guitar, Adrian Smith on Drums and Eric Stefani on Keyboards and Vocals. Over the years the band has used different players for Trombone, Sax, etc... To many to name. So, not gonna even try.

Fave Songs: Let's Get Back and Brand New Day. MVP goes to...Sometimes

Album Cover = Meh. It's nothing to write home about.

No Doubt (Self-Titled) Music Videos

No Doubt - Trapped In A Box

Music / Re: No Doubt - Discography
« on: August 06, 2011, 10:22:52 am »
What is the Best No Doubt Album of All Time?

Circa 2001

Music / No Doubt - Discography
« on: August 06, 2011, 10:22:39 am »
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Comic Books & Art / Re: Avenging Spider-Man
« on: August 06, 2011, 06:26:02 am »
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