The upcoming No Doubt album could very well be called Another Tragic Kingdom, because that's basically what it is.
The next release from the world's cuddliest ska band, Beacon Street Collection (Oct. 21) is actually a re-issue of a leftovers record put out on the band's own label, Sea Creatures, less than a year before their multi-platinum breakthrough Tragic Kingdom.
Comprised of 10 songs recorded during the Kingdom sessions, but which didn't make the cut, the album was released in early 1995, back when the world didn't know a thing about the Orange County, CA group. A few of the tracks on the album, some of which have cropped up in No Doubt's live shows, include: "Open The Gate," "Total Hate '95," "Snakes," "Doghouse" and "Sticken."
The band will join an all-star line-up that includes the Smashing Pumpkins, Sting, Tracy Chapman and Sheryl Crow on the A Very Special Christmas 3 (Oct. 7) Special Olympics benefit album. They will contribute their recently-recorded cover of The Vandals' "Oi To the World," which the projects' co-executive producer, Bobby Shriver, said "will blow you away."
Shriver said he literally "fell down" when he heard the recording, which the band recorded in one day on a recent tour stop. "They were on the road and had a day off and they went into a Nashville studio all day to do it, then got on their bus to go to the next date. They just nailed it," said Shriver of the band's dedication to contributing to the project. "Gwen [Stefani] sings the song so energetically and it's just musically unbelievable."
The group is currently touring Europe and Southeast Asia, with an eye toward beginning sessions for their follow-up to Kingdom in mid-'98. -- Gil Kaufman [Wed., Sept. 24, 1997, 9 a.m. PDT]