It’s no secret that [artist id="1003"]No Doubt[/artist] have a thing for the ’80s.
In 2003, they released a cover of Talk Talk’s 1984 hit “It’s My Life,” which earned them a Grammy nom. Then, early Wednesday morning (April 8), Ryan Seacrest posted a link to yet another cover, this one of Adam & the Ants’ 1981 track “Stand and Deliver,” which the band will perform on the May 11 episode of “Gossip Girl.”
But here’s the thing: Last week, MTV Radio spoke to “GG” executive producer Josh Schwartz, who filled us in on some details about the episode. In keeping with the spirit of No Doubt’s newest cover, they’re heading straight back to the ’80s.
“As you know, they’re reuniting, they’re going on tour , and they wanted to do a TV appearance and reached out to us on ‘Gossip Girl,’ ” Schwartz said. “And then we came back and asked them, ‘What about being an ’80s band?’ So they came on as ‘Snow Doubt’ and they did a cover of Adam & the Ants’ ‘Stand and Deliver.’ It was amazing.”
Schwartz said the May 11 episode will serve as the jump-off point for the much-discussed “Gossip Girl” spin-off, which focuses on the wild, rock-and-roll youth of Serena van der Woodsen’s mom, Lily — which, of course, explains the cameo.
“It’s about Serena’s mom Lily growing up in L.A. in the ’80s. And the pilot will air as a series of flashbacks inside the May 11 episode of ‘Gossip Girl,’ ” Schwartz said. “We’ve shot it all, and it all looks great.”