No Doubt are about to twist “greatest hits” away from its musical meaning.
The video for the group’s cover of Talk Talk’s “It’s My Life”
illustrates singer Gwen Stefani’s “hits” — or murders, in
gangster parlance — in flashback fashion as she heads toward her execution.
Set in the 1930s, the film noir-ish clip — directed by David LaChapelle (Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez) earlier this month in Los Angeles — captures Stefani decked out like Jean Harlow, whom she portrays in the upcoming Howard Hughes biopic, “The Aviator” (see “Gwen Stefani To Play The Original Platinum Blonde In Martin Scorsese
“She just played Jean Harlow, and I was really turned on by that idea,” LaChapelle said. “She’s a really good actor, so I took it into this video.”
Instead of playing an actress who plays a femme fatale, however, Stefani’s character is that femme fatale, having murdered her bandmates in ways that make each look like an accident — bassist Tony Kanal in a driving “accident,” drummer Adrian Young in a bathing
“accident” and guitarist Tom Dumont in a sleeping “accident.” What a girl won’t do to go solo.
“I don’t want to give it away,” LaChapelle said, “but she bumps them off in interesting ways, the way you would think a femme fatale would bump someone off. They’re crimes of passion and insanity. It’s really the greatest hits.”
The “hits” are shown in flashback as Stefani reflects on her life of crime during her arrest, trial and execution.
No Doubt’s cover of “It’s My Life” can be found on their compilation The Singles 1992 – 2003, due next month (see “No Doubt To Tell Fans ‘It’s My Life’” ).
The video premieres Tuesday (October 28) on “TRL.”