No Doubt started out as just a garage band from Orange County and soon became a Grammy Award wining American ska band with singles topping the Billboard charts. Formed in 1986, the group reached mainstream success after the release of their third album Tragic Kingdom in 1995. No Doubt consisted of four members: lead vocalist Gwen Stefani, bassist and keyboardist Tony Kanal, guitarist and keyboardist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young. Today, they’ve sold over 33 million albums worldwide, won numerous Awards and spun out chart topping hits like “Don’t Speak,” “Hey Baby,” “Underneath It All,” and “I’m Just a Girl.” It’s been a long time since No Doubt made any new music or toured together and we’re hopeful for another reunion in the future, but in the meantime, here’s a look at 9 things you might not have known about the band No Doubt!
9. Her Brother Persuaded her to Join
No Doubt started out as a simple garage band. Gwen Stefani’s brother Eric Stefani met former bandmate John Spence while working at Dairy Queen in the mid ’80s. The two of them talked about making music together and John eventually convinced Eric to buy a keyboard and start a band with some friends from high school. In the beginning the band consisted of eight members: Eric Stefani, Chris Webb, Chris Leal, Jery McMahon, John Spence, Gabriel Gonzalez, Alan and Tony Meade, but later Eric’s little sister Gwen joined the group. Her older brother Eric was the one who persuaded her to join as a back-up vocalist in the late ’80s when she was only 17. She never wanted to be a singer until Eric pushed her to stand up on stage with him and sing at a school talent show. “Eric was the really talented and overly hyper older brother who was always pounding on the piano, and I was the lazy girl watching The Brady Bunch. I wasn’t doing anything, and [Eric] would say, ‘Come in here and sing with me!’ I owe everything to him, and I learned how to write songs and how to be in a band because of him,” she said.