My custom painted No Doubt guitar photos by Momoko Fritz
First, a couple things....
1) I'm still working on our Rarotonga pics. Promise.
2) Since our vacay and being back the Spotlight has taken a back seat. Hopefully we'll be back up and running next week. Those take a lot of work and I've been gone. AND please, if you want to be spotlighted please, please email me. I always need more spotlightees.
OK so I told you about No Doubts new single right? That night I watched the world premiere for the video and you guys...it's like I took a time machine back about 12-13 years because I have been in No Doubt nostalgia heaven these past few days. While my girls have heard ND songs from time to time I've been giving them a little music history lesson while driving in the car these past couple of days. Hey guys, wanna hear a song about Spiderwebs? Yeah, it's a silly song about a girl walking around in Spiderwebs...listen! This approach to listening to mom's music with my kiddies works remarkably well. And they actually love the new ND song and keep asking for it over and over. Just when I thought I couldn't love those rascals anymore....
Anyway, it's been fun wearing lots of red lipstick with thick black eyeliner and singing in my best Gwen voice, but then I realized I had no one around to really revel in it with me. Although I still keep in touch with most of my friends from those days, they all live far away. My husband knows I really, really like ND but never knew me as the full-on Gwen-wannabe with pink streaked hair, a painted ND guitar (pictured above) and singing ND songs at local open mic nights. And that's one thing that I really struggle with when moving around so much...new friends just don't know your history. People don't know the zany things you did in the name of a major rock band crush. I mean I can tell you I like No Doubt, but unless you know my past, you don't really understand that when I say "I like No Doubt" what I mean is, I was completely obsessed and I've done some slightly funny to straight up weird things all for a little band from Orange County. I thought I'd take the time to document some of these things on this here blog of mine. Enjoy.
2. So probably my favorite ND video ever is New. It's a great song, but what I really love, love, love is the crazy anime-inspired make up job Gwen is sporting. One night I thought I'd try my hand at recreating this look. I'm pretty sure I was by myself at like 1 in the morning. That's not nerdy. And let's just agree it was an epic fail.
3. Pink streaks. Surely everyone remembers Gwen's pink phase. Now just as much as Gwen likes being a blondie blonde, I like having dark hair. There's no way I was going to ever dye it blonde. And to be honest, I wasn't exactly trying to look like Gwen, but I just liked the over all look...I think it looked better in real life than it does in this picture, but it's entirely possible that it didn't.
5. Probably the most embarrassing thing I've ever done was try to get on an MTV show where fans get to recreate the video's of their favorite bands. You have to send in a video tape--which I did--explaining why you're the biggest fan, blah, blah. I don't remember everything I did or said on that tape, but I do remember playing the guitar and singing a medley of ND songs and then a real ND song cut in from off camera, at which point I got up and started lip-synching and dancing. If I ever ran for office, that resurfacing of that video would be my single biggest fear. To this day I think only a handful of my closest friends ever saw it. Well them and some producers at MTV. I hope.
Anyone relate to this sort of fanaticism? Perhaps you were the kid who dressed up in Shakespeare-type period clothing memorizing sonnets or you secretly hid your crazy comic book collection from new friends until the time was right? I'd love to hear about it!
I also just have to put this plug out there that I put on Facebook the other day... Is anyone in the San Antonio/Austin area interested in starting a No Doubt cover band? Depending on the response, I'm either dead serious or totally joking.