No Doubt‘s Push and Shove hit stores Tuesday (September 25), and in the lead-up to its release, we’ve been bringing you the behind-the-scenes stories of making the album, revealing the inspiration for the album’s title and explaining how brand-new single “Looking Hot” was “almost thrown away.”
And now, on the day the band makes its triumphant return, we’re going even deeper, as No Doubt discuss their favorite tracks on the long-in-the-works Push and Shove. We’ve already heard some of Gwen Stefani’s picks — the title track (“we got so excited about that song”); the “girl song” “Gravity,” and “Easy,” a tune she struggled with through “so many versions” before finally creating “the perfect” final product — but now, we’re letting the guys of No Doubt reveal their faves. And, not surprisingly, given just how long they worked on the new album, they singled out the tracks that led to breakthroughs in the creative process.
” ‘Undercover’ is a song I’m super in love with right now, because it was the first song we wrote on this album. It was the breakthrough song,” bassist Tony Kanal said. “When we had all this writer’s block, and we went on the road and we finally were able to get one done, it was that song, so it’s pretty special to me.”
“I love all the songs on the album, and I think for me, personally, I love albums the most where you don’t have to forward past filler, and I don’t want to presume to make that judgment on our album, but for me, I feel like every song is pretty awesome,” guitarist Tom Dumont added. “But the last song on the album is called ‘Dreaming the Same Dream,’ and as we were writing it, we were trying to do this prom song, and there’s just something about it that I love. It has this amazing ending that ends the album really powerfully. Right now, that’s my jam.”
Of course, like Stefani, drummer Adrian Young also picked “Push and Shove,” the song that best sums up the four-year struggle that went into making the album. Which is probably why he was so excited to talk about the brand-new video the group shot for the track with Sophie Muller. Turns out, No Doubt loved it so much they just had to give it the proper visual treatment.
” ‘Push and Shove’ has something really exciting about it,” he said. “We were in New York with Sophie Muller, and we did a one-camera, one-light shoot on the streets of New York, and even though it’s not an official single, we made a video for it anyway, because we were really excited to put some visuals behind it.”