Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Glorious Ladies of Rocktober Song #10: "Spiderwebs" by No Doubt

No Doubt was one of the biggest bands of the mid '90s, sparking the popularity of third-wave ska in the U.S.  After No Doubt's first two albums failed to gain much traction, 1995's Tragic Kingdom was a bona fide mega hit.  Tragic Kingdom topped the album charts in the U.S. (for nine weeks) and eight other countries, landed at #22 on Billboard's decade-end album chart for the 1990s, and has been certified diamond by the RIAA (which means it has sold at least 10 million copies in the U.S. alone).  "Just a Girl," "Don't Speak," "Spiderwebs," "Excuse Me Mr.," and "Sunday Morning" were alternative radio and MTV staples, introducing the world to Gwen Stefani and that weird jewel implanted in between her eyes.

I decided to go with "Spiderwebs" because it's probably my favorite song off of Tragic Kingdom, and I think it's a good representation of their combination of ska, punk, and alt rock.  "Spiderwebs" went to #5 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, #11 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart, and #29 on the Billboard Adult Top 40.

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