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"Excuse Me Mr."
Single by No Doubt
from the album Tragic Kingdom
Released August 21, 1996
Format CD Single
Recorded 1995
Genre Ska punk
Punk rock
Post-grunge
Length 3:04
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Gwen Stefani
Tom Dumont
Producer Matthew Wilder
No Doubt singles chronology
"Don't Speak"
(1996)
"Excuse Me Mr."
(1996)
"Happy Now?"
(1997)

"Excuse Me Mr." is the fourth single by rock band No Doubt from the album Tragic Kingdom. It is also featured on No Doubt's album The Singles 1992-2003.

The song was originally composed on the acoustic guitar, and two versions were recorded: one with country and folk influence, one with punk rock influence. Producer Matthew Wilder preferred the former, and the other, which the band preferred, was lost in a studio accident. The studio pressed No Doubt to use the folk version on Tragic Kingdom, but the band refused to record "Spiderwebs", another single from the album, unless it could re-record the punk version of "Excuse Me Mr."[1] In 1997, the single reached number seventeen on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.[2] The song is a downloadable track for the music video games Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and the Rock Band platform, along with most of The Singles 1992–2003.

Music video

The rail track scene from the music video.

The music video was directed by Sophie Muller. It features Gwen Stefani trying to stay in front of the camera as it moves from person to person. A 40-second portion in the middle of the video resembles silent films , with Gwen Stefani tying herself to rail tracks in front of an oncoming train (a la Pearl White) and with Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, and Adrian Young dressed as hobos.

Chart positions

Chart (2002) Peak
position
U.S Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 17

References

  1. ^ "Excuse Me Mr." Montoya, Paris and Lanham, Tom. 2003. The Singles 1992-2003 (liner notes). Retrieved December 6, 2006.
  2. ^ "No Doubt". Billboard. Retrieved January 8, 2007.
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