No Doubt cites Morrissey and Smiths as influences
Posted on Mon, Apr 24 2000 at 9:03 a.m. PDT
by David T. <[email protected]>
From Oscar (if I'm very funny why...):

Today (4/12) I was driving to school listening to KROQ Los Angeles and No Doubt was being interviewed. When a caller asked who had influenced their music they all said British punk bands, they mention the Cure, Depeche Mode and the caller asked "Morrissey?" The singer (Gwen Stefani) said, "Yes I love Morrissey."

From Asif Husain:

No Doubt were on the KROQ Kevin & Bean show and when asked their influences they emphasised their love for Morrissey and The Smiths. I believe Tony Kanal even called Moz brilliant.

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Comments / Notes

Yes, Moz is brilliant. It's too bad that No Doubt are a lot of no talent hacks. They ought to be called No Talent. It's surprising that someone as talented as Moz could be an influence on so many crappy bands.

Indoors...on warm summer days - Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 09:57:20 (PDT) | #1

Yeah exactly, if they claim to have such good taste how can they bear to churn out squeeky voiced rubbish

- Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 10:21:28 (PDT) | #2

at least they are not making any smiths covers....please spare us!!!!!

homeless chihuahua <[email protected]>
Costa Rica - Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 11:41:44 (PDT) | #3

No doubt they suck. Yeah she's loves Morrissey ha ha.

moreuhsee <[email protected]>
- Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 12:20:10 (PDT) | #4

I don't like No Doubt at all, but I definately don't think they're "no talent hacks". Maybe if the lead singer weren't half as pretty, the band would be given some more respect.

Jeff <[email protected]>
- Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 12:27:58 (PDT) | #5

too bad it doesn't show in their music...

state of emergency
- Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 13:42:34 (PDT) | #6

I dont think anyone cares if you like NO DOUBT or not...I see they didnt ask you..

DONT WORRY ABOUT IT <ill give u a fake [email protected]>
California..southern that is - Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 15:23:35 (PDT) | #7

Why are socal residents so defensive about No Doubt? They're just rubbish, and there's no point in getting worked up about it...

- Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 15:57:44 (PDT) | #8

no doubt is a really cool band and just because they don't sound like morrissey, ya don't have to put them down! i could see if they said something bad about him, but they were prasing him & you're saying that they have no talent!? geez, morrissey fans are getting bitter!

i like no doubt! :)
yes, i live in Southern CA! - Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 16:07:22 (PDT) | #9

Of course we are bitter everyday our love for him grows and as each day passes we realise that still he is out of our reach. We love him so much and he does'nt even know our names and will never look at us with love in his eyes. Therefore ANYONE who comments on him, (and is thus in the line of fire for all our frustration) will get it in the neck. We can't help it. As Jack the Ripper is quoted as saying "tis love that made me thus"

- Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 16:32:17 (PDT) | #10

Last I heard Madonna was sickly Gwen's idol. No Doubt are a relatively new band and will claim to like anyone and everyone in an attempt to be liked themselves.

- Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 16:36:23 (PDT) | #11

It does make a little sense when people like Howard stern for example make a rude comment about Morrissey and his fans get upset-- but, why do they get upset and start Bitching when someone 'famous' such as Gwen says she LOVES MORRISSEY?? This is a compliment to him and really has nothing to do with no doubt. Maybe they were influenced by the cure,dm and morrissey but it doesnt mean they have to sound like them. They arent one of my fav bands but you must give them a little credit for liking MR M !

California - Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 17:24:58 (PDT) | #12

not so fast. they both hide from the phone

suzanne <[email protected]>
walking in the spiderwebs leave a message and i'll call you back - Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 18:04:36 (PDT) | #13

No Doubt sucks ass! Save Ferris can kick their ass! Well anyways No Doubt is the disgrace of the SKA community! If Gwen said "Morrissey, is he like a talk show host in Europe or something?" , I will get a plane ticket to OC and kick her buns! But at least she knows who he is! Save Ferris for example are totally influenced by The Smiths! and I think that rocks! SCREW ALL GWEN-A-BES!Good Day all!

Anna! <[email protected]>
El Paso, Texas aka El Hell Hole - Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 18:29:19 (PDT) | #14

First of all, a lot of these comments are totally lame. Who cares if Gwen likes Morrissey. That just means she has some good taste. And, No Doubt are not a relatively new band at all. I remember seing them play at local J.C.'s 11 years ago. They have been playing together for quite some time. I really don't care for them either way, but to say No Doubt sucks, and then praise Save Ferris, you are quite foolish. Like SF mean anything to the "ska" scene. Come on now.....really.

Inept Guy <[email protected]>
LA - Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 20:07:28 (PDT) | #15

Ska is for white kids who desperately want to, but can't, dance.

Jeff <[email protected]>
- Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 20:33:15 (PDT) | #16


Look Save Ferris hasn't been around along time but they are the few SKA bands, that give SKA a good name! On a personal note Save Ferris has to be one of my favorite bands of all time! At least they haven't sold out like No Doubt! I praise Save Ferris for having talent and Emotion in their songs! Thats something No Doubt lacks of, yeah they might sound SKA-ish or whatever but they totally SUCK and have no meaning to me! No Doubt used to be a really kick ass SKA funky pop band with the Self titled album and the Beacon Street Collection but lately they lack everything I LOVE! Oh well! Good Day All!


Anna! <[email protected]>
El Paso, Texas aka El Hell Hole - Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 21:53:16 (PDT) | #17

So what if Gwen Stefani, made a comment about Moz, at least she didn't insult him,besides how can you not be inspired by his music,it's art I think that the world would be alot more peaceful if everyone listened to it.So relax and stop getting so upset

Buck toothed girl
Luxumberg - Tue, Apr 25, 2000 at 00:11:16 (PDT) | #18



Mike <[email protected]>
Southern California - Tue, Apr 25, 2000 at 06:58:50 (PDT) | #19

I don't think we are stupid just passionate about Morrissy and annoyed about the standards of other so-called musicians. Don't read our comments if they upset you so much.

- Tue, Apr 25, 2000 at 08:46:25 (PDT) | #20

sorry, but third wave ska isn't ska..(which means no doubt along with save ferris, reel big crap, less than jake, etc. aren't ska)...they may have played ska-ish music a few times, but they aren't ska...

if you'd like to listen to ska, get a desmond dekker or skatalites album. try the 2 tone ska performers as well (ie: specials, selecter, the beat, madness) - they're excellent and are real ska.

enough non-morrissey rant. any news on whether moz and the lads are recording the new album yet?

state of emergency
- Tue, Apr 25, 2000 at 08:49:50 (PDT) | #21

Wow, I didn't know people actually still discussed ska; serious flashback to 1992! This 3rd wave argument can't possibly still be going on!

- Tue, Apr 25, 2000 at 09:56:33 (PDT) | #22

Mike-Settle down. Maybe everyone hates you too. So what.

Morrissey IS Gay
- Tue, Apr 25, 2000 at 10:25:04 (PDT) | #23

Okay, I am not nor will I ever be a No Doubt fan but I saw their Behind the Music on VH1 last week & was somewhat impressed with how much effort & time they put into their music & band. Morrissey fans have become bitter. I think it is great that Gwen Stefani gave Morrissey credit. Just because their music is different than Morrissey's doesn't mean that the Smiths & bands in that genre could not have been an influence. Good for them they didn't become a copy cat band, like that one band, oh I don't know.... Oasis...

melissa <[email protected]>
Philly - Tue, Apr 25, 2000 at 10:34:07 (PDT) | #24


CA - Tue, Apr 25, 2000 at 13:19:40 (PDT) | #25

Well all I can say is this is a MORRISSEY discussion board and if you dont like what the Moz fans have to say then get out....We are not stuck up or nore will we ever be we are just very passionate like someone else said so respect the MOZ FANZ IN THIS ROOM............................................

...........HandSomeDeviL79 <[email protected]>
Orange County............... - Tue, Apr 25, 2000 at 13:52:00 (PDT) | #26

Actually, I think No Doubt has been around for a while. Maybe not as long as Moz but certainly longer than Save Ferris. I remember seeing them open for Concrete Blonde back in 1991-1992?It was a benefit for Jerry Brown for President at the Hollywood Palladium so you do the math. Anyway, I don't really listen to their music but I'm not going to make the time to hate them. I thought they were kind of cool back then, not really what I was into but I got into it anyway. Anyway, they worked hard and long to get where they are today and can respect that.

Shea <[email protected]>
LA - Tue, Apr 25, 2000 at 16:21:22 (PDT) | #27

well Vauxhall, that's very open minded of you.

- Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 01:41:47 (PDT) | #28

hey vauxhall...who are the smiffs?

orange county - Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 15:46:10 (PDT) | #29

it was a cartoon about little blue guys I think! Don't be such an idiot he meant the smiths, A band from way back in the eighties. Has anyone heard of them?

- Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 16:02:43 (PDT) | #30

Im sorry about being close minded :( but I was simply confirming MIKE's suspicions about us "stupid stuck up Moz fans"
And I think I was ill with a bad case of Ebonics when I wrote 'Smiffs', sorry about that one too.

CA - Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 16:10:04 (PDT) | #31


- Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 18:14:01 (PDT) | #32

yeah, No Doubt are a bunch of sell-outs and they've always sucked anyway. It's a shame that people anyone who listens to the Morrissey/Smiths, the Cure, and DM (all favorites of mine) could create such utter rubbish!

musicalkrystal <[email protected]>
- Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 18:37:57 (PDT) | #33

where are U where are U. This is my pet hate. Why can't Americans spell? Favourites! now go and write it out 100 times America.

- Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 19:13:09 (PDT) | #34

Americans are stupid? Is that why Moz now chooses to live in LA where his loyal fans are?
London is dead...

CA - Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 21:56:22 (PDT) | #35

Well i am a huge No doubt fan and I think you should listen to their music with an open mind I support anything that has a 80's new wavish sound or influence. They really truely have good music and just to let you know their music is not supposed to be ska . At the beginning of their career they played ska but not anymore. BUT I STILL ADORE MOZ!!!!!!!!!!!

rachel <[email protected]>
- Thu, Apr 27, 2000 at 00:37:22 (PDT) | #36

Vauxhall, if London is dead, why do you name yourself after a London borough? If you know what a borough is...

Mozza for the English
England - Thu, Apr 27, 2000 at 03:19:02 (PDT) | #37

Hasn't Moz sold that house in LA now, I downloaded some pictures of it from another site, it looked gorgeous. Vauxhall, don't let the unpleasant comments upset you, and don't retaliate on their level, surely his true fans are better than that.

- Thu, Apr 27, 2000 at 05:23:28 (PDT) | #38

FYI, No doubt is NOT a "relitively" new band.. They're well over 10 years old.

Colorado - Thu, Apr 27, 2000 at 09:31:51 (PDT) | #39

I think some of these Brits have a bad case of mad cow disease

british meat
England, the arse of the world - Thu, Apr 27, 2000 at 13:06:32 (PDT) | #40

Thanks for kind words everyone :)
Viva Moz

VAUXHALL <[email protected]>
Sunny CA - Thu, Apr 27, 2000 at 13:08:34 (PDT) | #41

well I'm English and I'm not mad. I don't eat meat anyway. And neither should any of you lot either because your own conscience tells you or in the hope of meeting with Morrisseys approval.

England(its not so bad) - Thu, Apr 27, 2000 at 15:26:32 (PDT) | #42

I think you'll find that back in the 2nd world war American soldiers spent all their leave in the fields of England making lurrve with our heffers and thats where mad cow disease began.
Don't bother to deny it I'm good friends with loads of American Soldiers and they told me. And gulf war syndrome, how do you think our brave lads ended up with that then eh? eh? nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

- Thu, Apr 27, 2000 at 15:31:03 (PDT) | #43

WW2? O you must mean Europe's civil war, where the US had to come and save the world. And by the way, we didnt lose the Vietnam war. hahaha

American Patriot
- Thu, Apr 27, 2000 at 15:37:33 (PDT) | #44

Hey, I dont eat meat either...I dont know how valid that theory is about 'mad cow' disease though haha. Anythings possible.

VAUXHALL <[email protected]>
Sunny CA - Thu, Apr 27, 2000 at 15:40:08 (PDT) | #45

Oxocube, I hope your bowels swell up inside of you and explode. There really is no hope for you.

Vx - Thu, Apr 27, 2000 at 20:47:28 (PDT) | #46

nothing is going to happen to my bowels because I stay well away from you Americans unlike our poor defenceless cows.

And as for the other comment about winning the war for us, I think you'll find that America had very little to do with the winning of the war, thats all just American propaganda. And as for Vietnam, despite all your hi-tech equipment you got butt-wupped by a bunch of kids and women in pyjamas and that is why all the wet-vets haven't got over it to this day.

- Fri, Apr 28, 2000 at 04:48:08 (PDT) | #47

SKA SUCKS - NO DOUBT SUCKS : even OASIS bragged about being influenced by The Smiths, and yes, THEY SUCK TOO. Not Moz his foul that his genius has influenced such talentless @#!!!s...

Sunny Jim
- Fri, Apr 28, 2000 at 09:52:30 (PDT) | #48

No Doubt are useless, just like most of you...especially those of you who just discovered Morrissey 5 minutes ago and mistakenly think he's still interesting.

Sick of Dunces
- Fri, Apr 28, 2000 at 10:28:06 (PDT) | #49

Hey oxocube,don't get your knickers in a bunch just because the british empire is no longer in power and now all you are known for is bad cooking and a useless queen.

American Patriot
USA - Fri, Apr 28, 2000 at 12:32:37 (PDT) | #50

Who's that stupid American Patriot???

First of all US never saved the world, they just start wars everywhere in the world.
And second, not only did you lose the Vietnam war, but you were kicked out of there like a bunch of pussies

- Fri, Apr 28, 2000 at 14:06:13 (PDT) | #51

American Patriot, don't call Morrissey a useless queen or I'll send my big ugly brother to
b u m - f u c k your fat mother.

- Fri, Apr 28, 2000 at 15:41:15 (PDT) | #52

Come now, lets be reasonable. AMERICAN PATRIOT, I think our country has done more evil in it's short existance than good. Everyone else, lets try to keep ourselves dignified...

VAUXHALL <[email protected]>
Sunny CA - Fri, Apr 28, 2000 at 17:57:37 (PDT) | #53

If the british hate us so much, why dont they ally with our enemies? Then in WW3 the british can die alongside all of the US's other enemies!
America for the Americans!
America for the Americans!

American Patriot
USA - Fri, Apr 28, 2000 at 18:19:27 (PDT) | #54

HeY! USA USA USA and we use z's and leave u's off here. Favorites. synthesizer How do you like that, Euro Trash?

DEPECHEMODE <[email protected]>
SC USA - Fri, Apr 28, 2000 at 19:06:43 (PDT) | #55

Horray American Patriot. You are THE MAN. America for the Americans!

DEPECHEMODE <[email protected]>
SC USA - Fri, Apr 28, 2000 at 19:08:35 (PDT) | #56

well, I'd say as usual you have proved how fragile the American ego is. Try and develop a sense of humour, and try to be a little more inventive. All Americans can ever talk about is war, you are a bunch of macho losers!!! I feel sorry for you, what on earth do you see in Morrissey??

- Sat, Apr 29, 2000 at 03:09:13 (PDT) | #57

This has turned into a totally stupid debate about nationalism??????? All of you people arguing about this are F U C K I N G LAME!!!!! Get a life. We are here to discuss Mozza. Not who saved who, and what country is better. Pathetic.

- Sat, Apr 29, 2000 at 04:21:11 (PDT) | #58

I cant believe how many comments the 'Patriot' jack ass sparked. I'm American and I'm the most anti-war person you would ever meet.
So, all you Jerry Springer Americans, stop giving the US and yourselves a bad counsole is that you go listen to Moz and let this hate and anger melt away....

VAUXHALL <[email protected]>
Sunny CA - Sat, Apr 29, 2000 at 09:32:04 (PDT) | #59

uhhh...wasn't this about no doubt?

- Sat, Apr 29, 2000 at 13:03:46 (PDT) | #60

well I think NO Doubt is great and just because I do Does not make me less of a MOZ fan.
No Doubt writes their own music and songs and are not controlled by their label. They are true artists just like MORRISSEY is . And they deserve alot of credit for being accepted in mainstream radio. (everything else is all corporate!)

- Sat, Apr 29, 2000 at 15:49:55 (PDT) | #61

While Moz sings about love, peace and harmony, that american patriot only talks about war.
But don't be angry at him. After all, what else would you expect from an average American who watches CNN?

- Sun, Apr 30, 2000 at 12:05:43 (PDT) | #62

CNN tells ONLY the truth! BBC is the most corrupt broadcast company in existance, so ZIP UP YOUR MOUTH!

American Patriot
USA - Sun, Apr 30, 2000 at 17:52:06 (PDT) | #63

They surely have good taste for the music they hear, although it hasn`t influenced the awfull and boring music they try to play.......

Diogo Neto <[email protected]>
Lisbon Portugal - Sun, Apr 30, 2000 at 22:33:47 (PDT) | #64

CNN is only for stupid Americans like you, and they are lying to you. You think that you know something about the world. Let me tell you something: you don't know @#!!!. 99% of the Americans think that Egypt is in Asia and Rome is in Greece. This is a fact and it was on Jay Leno. Not only BBC, but there are 100 better channels than CNN. Continue to watch CNN, and they will continue to wash your brain...stupid.

P.S Long live CHINA

- Mon, May 01, 2000 at 14:33:39 (PDT) | #65

When you are the most powerful country in the world, who cares what happens anywhere else? Who cares where Egypt is? Who cares where the tiny, insignificant UK is?

The US needs no one. We rule the world! We are everywhere! We are the power!

Can your country survive if you shut your borders today? No you could not, but the USA could. You would be nothing without us. Just remember that. NOTHING!!!

Now, off with you.

US Rules!
- Tue, May 02, 2000 at 07:57:46 (PDT) | #66

sorry to interrupt nationalism chat, but I respect No Doubt more since Moz/Smiths reference. How can it be taken any other way? I don't own any of their music, but I certainly won't hate them for loving.


San Diego - Tue, May 02, 2000 at 12:47:08 (PDT) | #67

You call me stupid for getting info from CNN whilst you get your facts from Jay Leno? How pathetic! I know more about the world than you ever will! I have travled around the world, (see here in America you are free to travel and have as many children as you want.)

American Patriot
USA - Tue, May 02, 2000 at 13:11:37 (PDT) | #68

Well I thought this was about No Doubt Too.
Anyways they are really great musicians and Gwen is a really good songwriter and i too respect them more knowing that The Smiths are an influence to them.I just think that they are original , and not a put together band like most are now and days.

- Wed, May 03, 2000 at 00:35:08 (PDT) | #69

The discussion over America and England has been taken way too far. However, as American Spelling has come in to question, it should be noted that there is no Standard English, and therefore no correct way of spelling. The number of people in the world, not just America or England, that have the intelligence of a gnat is growing far and beyond rational levels. Enough of that though. I am an American who loves England and Morrissey, does not eat meat, knows that Egypt is in Africa and Rome is in Italy. Can we end this now?

American Moz Fan <[email protected]>
- Wed, May 03, 2000 at 01:12:15 (PDT) | #70

American Moz Fan, WELL SAID!
I could not have put it better myself. I am also the person you described yourself as.

VAUXHALL <[email protected]>
Sunny CA - Wed, May 03, 2000 at 02:01:10 (PDT) | #71

ROME has moved to Moz Angeles!

Jim Rome <[email protected]>
Moz Angeles - Wed, May 03, 2000 at 11:12:24 (PDT) | #72

I don't get the comments about anybody sucking. Opinions are opinions, lighten up.

Finally my two obsessions meet. No Doubt have been around for 13 years and have had quite a prolific output, much more than they get credit for, and can see Moz for the absolute genius he is, which says a lot I think. A random fact - No Doubt's "Hey You" was inspired by "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" - the only song Gwen could play on guitar at the time.

ND/Moz fans, we must get in touch.

the doghouse <[email protected]>
- Wed, May 03, 2000 at 18:26:41 (PDT) | #73

How about Pantera getting some airtime on KROQ??? They have some talent. The lead singer was influence by the Smiths, and they don't sound anything like The Smiths, lol.

Steve <[email protected]>
Los Angeles - Thu, May 04, 2000 at 00:04:38 (PDT) | #74

Damnit ROME, have a take and do not suck.
Out...and watch your neck. Out.


San Diego - Thu, May 04, 2000 at 17:41:21 (PDT) | #75

* return to Morrissey-solo