From The Vault: No Doubt – ‘Don’t Speak’

Published: Sunday 19th May 2013 by Joe

Our From The Vault pick of the week comes courtesy of American Pop rebels No Doubt and their signature smash, ‘Don’t Speak’.

Written by lead vocalist Gwen Stefani about her breakup with the band’s bassist Tony Kanal after a seven-year relationship, ‘Speak’ served as the third single from the group’s classic LP ‘Tragic Kingdom’.

It’s interesting to point out that despite the continued acclaim the cut has been receiving ever since its release in 1996, the single NEVER charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as it wasn’t ever released physically which was an essential requirement at the time. It goes to show that the charts aren’t the only mean to evaluate how music resonates with an audience.

Still, the track held the top of the Airplay chart in the US and was a the first of many worldwide touchdowns for the colorful quad reaching the Top 5 in France and Germany and hitting the #1 spot in the UK, Ireland and Australia.

The track’s accompanying VMA-winning video was directed by frequent collaborator Sophie Muller and sees the band performing the song in a garage while footage of them killing it during a live show are shown as well. The clip  also sheds light on the press’ fascination with Stefani versus the band as a unit. (Side note: whatever Ms. Stefani is drinking, she needs to remember sharing is caring. She looks as youthful today, aged  43,  as she did in this vid!)

With No Doubt’s latest effort ‘Push And Shove’ failing to find chart success, we hear the Californian quartet is already hard at work on a new project as well as a worldwide tour. Hopefully they learn from the “mistakes” they made with said album and hit the world with a collection of records that will cater to a global audience without compromising their unique sound too much.

In the meantime, we’ll leave you with this timeless power ballad…

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  1. Lovebird May 19, 2013

    Ahhh yes my jam.

  2. Suicide Blonde May 19, 2013

    I love No Doubt, they were the Blondie of the 90’s, Gwen gorgeous as always, love her voice and style, didn’t know Thatgrapejuice is a fan of Ska Punk.

    • JARED (WHITE DUDE) May 19, 2013

      “The Blondie of the 1990’s”?

      They were definitely ‘Blondie’ pre- ‘Parallel Lines’… After ‘Heart of Glass’ (1979), Blondie were just straight-up ‘POP’ – No Doubt were hardly Pop.

      I think they were more ‘The Clash’ of the 1990’s!!! 😉

      • Suicide Blonde May 19, 2013

        Blondie was New Wave, Post-Punk, Power Pop.

      • JON B May 19, 2013

        They were also ‘Disco, Reggae-Fusion, Pop-Punk, Pop-Rock, Dance-Punk, Dance-Rock and Synth-Pop’…

        Or at least incorporated stylings of such genres.

        They were Pop in the early 80’s…

      • JARED (WHITE DUDE) May 19, 2013

        @JON B

        Exactly. 😉

      • Suicide Blonde May 19, 2013

        @Jon B

  3. JARED (WHITE DUDE) May 19, 2013


    You should’ve mentioned that this was #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay charts for… EIGHTEEN WEEKS!!!


  4. rihking May 19, 2013

    The old jams.

  5. Me May 19, 2013

    The REAL person Rita Ora tries to copy.

  6. DOSSOME May 19, 2013

    This is without a doubt their BIGGEST HIT & an absolute CLASSIC!!!!!!!

    • JOHNVIDAL May 20, 2013

      ´ve always said this was their biggest hit including Gwen solo, and many people bashed me several times for saying that: I guess this site is full of kids who only know music from 2005 and on. This song is so much bigger than any Gwen solo single (and of course it´s better too)

  7. Likica May 19, 2013

    Amazing song, like it so much! Must have on your Ipod.

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    • Drew May 19, 2013

      Um? Yeah and…? Its relevant to this post because?

  9. joker May 19, 2013

    “just a girl” is neither bad. was that earlier? just listened to it and remembered i had them both somewhere on an old tape. kinda cool crossfaded. that’s why i know.

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  11. Drew May 19, 2013

    I like this song.

    @Rihking girl bye. Beyoncé on your mind too much. Youre late Beyoncé always says this. Whats the biggie?

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  13. Just to Say May 19, 2013

    This song brings back memories! Loved it in my teen years!

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