History[ edit ] Formation and early years — [ edit ] Eric Stefani and John Spence met at a Dairy Queen , and talked about getting a group together to play music. They practiced in Eric's parents' garage. After initially rejecting her advances, he began dating Gwen, but they kept their relationship secret for a year, feeling that it was an unspoken rule that no one in the band date her. Eric Carpenter saxophone joined the horn section soon after. Video clips from the party have appeared on VH1's Behind the Music.
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Life and career[ edit ] — No Doubt[ edit ] Main article: The band released its self-titled debut album in , but its ska-pop sound was unsuccessful due to the popularity of grunge. Stefani rejected the aggressiveness of female grunge artists and cited Blondie singer Debbie Harry 's combination of power and sex appeal as a major influence. Five singles were released from Tragic Kingdom, including " Don't Speak ", which led the Hot Airplay year-end chart of No Doubt released the less popular Return of Saturn in , which expanded upon the new wave influences of Tragic Kingdom.
It's been 16 years since their iconic hit Don't Speak hit the charts, but Gwen Stefani and her No Doubt band mate Tony Kanal still find it hard to talk about their breakup. Gwen, 42, wrote the song after Tony broke up with her, following a seven year relationship. The pair now say it was an extremely difficult time for them as they had to perform the song every night together, with Tony calling the torturing experience 'brutal'.
Originally a love song, Gwen rewrote the lyrics almost completely after her break up with the band's bassist Tony Kanal. According to Gwen, "It used to be more upbeat, more of a Seventies rock-type thing. The band performed part of the original song on VH1 Storytellers on August 10, The band's guitarist Tom Dumont said about the song's composition: