No Doubt are back and they sound hella good. Watching the SoCal band’s latest entry into the world of music videos, the colorful clip for the Diplo-produced “Settle Down,” it’s clear that the ska-infused quartet just doesn’t age. They also haven’t lost the spunk that made them global superstars after the release of 1995′s Tragic Kingdom.
Leading lady Gwen Stefani has just as much blond ambition as she did when the band stormed the charts almost two decades ago, and her bandmates — still rocking the bleached Mohawks — feed off that energy in the upbeat “Settle Down” video .
It’s the first visual off their upcoming September release, Push and Shove, but the group pays homage to their past as a foursome as well as Stefani’s chart-topping solo career with a few key references. Read on to see what we spotted!
On the Road Again
They say everything old is new again, and the beginning of the “Settle Down” clip reminds us of the set-up for their 1999 video for “New.” The concept for both videos is simple: Each member of the band is driving a custom vehicle to a party.
Like Clockwork: Orange
Tony Kanal eats an orange at the top of the video. But eagle-eyed No Doubt fans know that the orange is not only a tribute to the band’s Orange County hometown in Anaheim, California, it’s also the same piece of fruit that Ms. Stefani holds on the cover of their breakthrough Tragic Kingdom album.
Gwen’s Just a Girl
Always a fashion innovator and rule-breaker, Stefani wears her bra straps out and proud in this latest video. She teams the look with a tank top and punk-rock-inspired pants that recall the Gwen of the ’90s, when she was more ska-loving tomboy than Hollywood fashionista.
Hooray for Harajuku!
Even eight years after she dropped her first solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., Stefani hasn’t put her Harajuku girls on the unemployment line. Having the ladies in the new clip helps bridge the time Gwen spent without the boys and her reunion with them this year.
The band once again enlisted longtime director Sophie Muller to helm this clip. Muller has collaborated with ND on such iconic visuals as “Hey Baby,” “Simple Kind of Life” and “Underneath It All,” to name a few. She first worked with the band on their memorable 1996 video for “Don’t Speak,” which addressed the rumored disdain the guys felt for Stefani and her rising fame. Having Muller direct this video is a full-circle moment as the band reunites for their first new album in more than a decade.
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