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The Singles 1992-2003
Greatest hits by No Doubt
Released November 25, 2003
Recorded 1991 – 2003
Genre Ska punk, alternative rock
Length 59:44
Label Interscope
Producer Glen Ballard, Dito Godwin, Jerry Harrison, Nellee Hooper, No Doubt, Sly and Robbie, Matthew Wilder
Professional reviews
No Doubt chronology
Rock Steady
(2001)
The Singles 1992-2003
(2003)
Boom Box
(2003)
Singles from The Singles 1992–2003
  1. "It's My Life"
    Released: December 30, 2003

The Singles 1992–2003 is a compilation album by the American rock band No Doubt, produced by Nellee Hooper and released on November 25, 2003 on Interscope Records. It features thirteen of the band's singles from their later three studio albumsTragic Kingdom, Return of Saturn, and Rock Steady — and the album track "Trapped in a Box" from their debut album, No Doubt. The album also included a cover of Talk Talk's song "It's My Life", which was the only new song on the album and which was released as a single. It is the band's final album to date and was released alongside the DVD Rock Steady Live, a video of a concert as part of the band's Rock Steady tour in 2002, and the box set Boom Box, which contained The Singles 1992–2003, Everything in Time, The Videos 1992-2003, and Live in the Tragic Kingdom.

No Doubt went into hiatus in April 2003 after the release of four singles from their fifth studio album, Rock Steady, allowing the four members to spend time with loved ones. This also allowed their lead singer, Gwen Stefani, to work on her solo music side project, under which she has released two albums, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. in November 2004 and The Sweet Escape in December 2006. The band regrouped in September 2003 to record the lead single for the album, "It's My Life" with producer Nellee Hooper.

The album sold moderately well, being certified 2× Platinum by RIAA in the United States and CRIA in Canada, and Platinum by ARIA in Australia. It received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who praised the variety of music genres on the album.

Contents

Background

No Doubt released their fifth studio album, Rock Steady, in December 2001 and from it released four singles, "Hey Baby", "Hella Good", "Underneath It All", and "Running" between 2001 and 2003. The album was commercially successful, selling 3 million copies[1] and being certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Then in April 2003, No Doubt went into hiatus to take a break to spend time with their families before starting to compile The Singles 1992–2003, which would feature the band's greatest hits from their previous albums.[2]

The main reason to go into hiatus was that, in early 2003,[3] their lead singer Gwen Stefani started work on her 1980s-inspired New Wave/dance-pop music side project, under which she has released two solo albums—Love. Angel. Music. Baby. on November 22, 2004 and The Sweet Escape on December 15, 2006.

Music

The album was a compilation of thirteen commercially-released singles by the band from their previous studio albums Tragic Kingdom, Return of Saturn, and Rock Steady, as well as the independently released single "Trapped in a Box" from No Doubt's debut album, No Doubt, and a brand new cover version of "It's My Life". However The Singles did not include "Happy Now?" and "Hey You!", two singles from Tragic Kingdom, neither of which were commercially successful, or "Squeal" and "Doghouse" from The Beacon Street Collection, which were both independently released. "Girls Get the Bass in the Back", a remix of "Hey Baby", and a live acoustic version of "Underneath It All" were included on some pressings of the album as bonus tracks.

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Production

Being a greatest hits album and containing only one new song, recording The Singles 1992–2003 took very little time compared with the band's studio albums. Production started in September 2003 with the recording of a cover version of Talk Talk's song "It's My Life", produced by Nellee Hooper.[2] The accompanying music video for the song was filmed by director David LaChapelle at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.[2] Gwen Stefani insisted that just because no songwriting was involved in the production of the album did not mean no effort would be needed: the band had to decide which of their songs to include and which to leave out.[4] Two months later on the 25th of November, the album was released along with the B-side, rarity, and remix collection Everything in Time and box set Boom Box.

Singles

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The only single from The Singles 1992–2003 was a cover of the song "It's My Life", originally released in 1984 by the synthpop band Talk Talk. Because the band were taking a break while lead singer Gwen Stefani recorded her solo debut album Love. Angel. Music. Baby., they decided to do a cover version to avoid having to write a new song.[4] The band listened to hundreds of songs and narrowed it down to "It's My Life" and the song "Don't Change", released in 1982 by the Australian rock/New Wave group INXS.[5] No Doubt had doubts on recording a cover and contemplated writing new material[4], but decided on "It's My Life" after rehearsing the song with producer Nellee Hooper,[5] referring to it as a "feel-good" song.[4] Gwen Stefani stated:

We thought [choosing a song to cover] was going to be so easy, because that was the idea — 'Let's just do something that's fun and easy, why do we also have to, like, torture ourselves.' We went and listened to hundreds of songs, hundreds, and imagine trying to pick one, between the four of us? Oh my god, it was ridiculous.[4]

It later became one of the band's biggest hits, being certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association[6] and gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[7] The song was nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 47th Grammy Awards but lost to Los Lonely Boys' "Heaven".[8] Jacques Lu Cont, the song's programmer, created the Thin White Duke mix of "It's My Life", which won the award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.[9]

Reception

Critical

The Singles 1992–2003 was generally well received by music critics. Mike McGuirk of Rhapsody described the album as "a real joy" and a mix of "ska, teen pop and hip-hop".[10] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic called the album a "stellar collection" and said that it had "a cheerful, giddy sound that marked a sea change from the sound of the early 1990s, when even catchy melodies were cloaked in a sense of gloom", and noticed that the album showed a lot of New Wave influence".[11] Anthony Thornton of NME said that "despite being an album packed with as much drama as the band themselves have suffered, it’ll be the pop anthems you come back for and fortunately there’s enough here to keep even the soap addicts happy".[12] Sarah McDonnell of OMH said that the album's music was "sheer diversity" due to the band's "pick 'n mix approach to musical styles". The high points were "Gwen Stefani's lyrics, which deal principally with coming to terms with her own femininity" and "the band's collaborations with various hip producers", such as The Neptunes, Nellee Hooper and Sly and Robbie; and the low points were the album's "hotch-potch feel", "random tracklisting" and the "forays into reggae".[13] Ruth Mitchell of the BBC called the album a typical Christmas album that was "unlikely to stand out from the crowd" and "too long, [getting] tiresome about half way through", although complimenting "Just a Girl", "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All". However, she also expressed disappointment at the placement of "Don't Speak", "the foursome's most glorious pop moment", at the end of the album.[14]

Sales

The Singles 1992–2003 sold 2.2 million copies in the United States[15] and was certified Gold and Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on January 16, 2004 and 2× Platinum on July 21, 2004[16], signalling total sales of over half a million, one million and two million copies respectively.[17] In Canada, the album was certified Gold, Platinum and 2× Platinum on June 13, 2005 by the Canadian Recording Industry Association, demonstrating sales of over 50,000; 100,000; and 200,000 copies respectively[18] In Australia, the album was certified Gold in 2003[19] and Platinum in 2004[20] by the Australian Recording Industry Association, signalling sales of over 35,000 and 70,000, respectively.[21]

Track listing

Main version[22]

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Just a Girl"   Gwen Stefani, Tom Dumont 3:25
2. "It's My Life"   Mark Hollis, Tim Friese-Greene 3:45
3. "Hey Baby"   G. Stefani, Kanal, Tom Dumont, R. Price 3:26
4. "Bathwater"   G. Stefani, Kanal, Dumont 4:00
5. "Sunday Morning"   Kanal, G. Stefani, Eric Stefani 4:31
6. "Hella Good"   G. Stefani, P. Williams, Chad Hugo, Kanal 4:02
7. "New"   G. Stefani, Dumont 4:24
8. "Underneath It All"   G. Stefani, Dave Stewart 5:02
9. "Excuse Me Mr."   G. Stefani, Dumont 3:04
10. "Running"   G. Stefani, Kanal 4:00
11. "Spiderwebs"   G. Stefani, Kanal 4:26
12. "Simple Kind of Life"   G. Stefani 4:15
13. "Don't Speak"   E. Stefani, G. Stefani 4:22
14. "Ex-Girlfriend"   G. Stefani, Dumont, Kanal 3:31
15. "Trapped in a Box"   E. Stefani, Dumont, G. Stefani, Kanal 3:23

Bonus track[23]

# Title Writer(s) Length
16. "Girls Get the Bass in the Back" ("Hey Baby" remix) G. Stefani, T. Kanal, T. Dumont, R. Price; remixed by Philip Steir 6:15

Import bonus tracks[24]

# Title Writer(s) Length
16. "Girls Get the Bass in the Back" ("Hey Baby" remix) G. Stefani, T. Kanal, T. Dumont, R. Price; remixed by Philip Steir 6:15
17. "Underneath It All" (Live acoustic version) G. Stefani, D. Stuart 3:47

Credits

Personnel[25]
Production[25]

Chart positions

Chart (2004)[26][27][28][29][30] Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 15
Austrian Albums Chart 11
Belgian Albums Chart 32
Canadian Albums Chart 6
Danish Albums Chart 5
Dutch Albums Chart 8
Finnish Albums Chart 1
German Albums Chart 14
New Zealand Albums Chart 8
Norwegian Albums Chart 2
Portugese Albums Chart 27
Swedish Albums Chart 1
Swiss Albums Chart 5
UK Albums Chart 5
U.S. Billboard 200 2

Release history

Main version[31]

Date Label Format Catalog
2003 Interscope CD 000149502
2004 Interscope CD 9861260
2007 Polydor CD 9849751
2007 Interscope CD 9076

Bonus track version[32]

Date Label Format Catalog
2003 Interscope CD 9861381
2007 Interscope CD 9849751

Import bonus track version[33]

Date Label Format Catalog
2003 Interscope CD 136
2004 Universal CD 986138
2006 Universal/Interscope CD 6017

References

  1. ^ "316) Rock Steady". Rolling Stone. November 1, 2003. Retrieved September 30, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Timeline of the band's history at No Doubt's official website. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  3. ^ Moss, Corey and Downey, Ryan. "Gwen Stefani Recording Solo Material". MTV News. April 18, 2003. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d e Vineyard, Jennifer and Pak, SuChin."No Doubt To Tell Fans 'It's My Life'". MTV News. September 15, 2003. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  5. ^ a b Montoya, Paris and Lanham, Tom. Liner notes for "It's My Life" on The Singles 1992-2003. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2004". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  7. ^ "Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  8. ^ "Grammy Awards 2005: Key winners". BBC News. February 14, 2005. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  9. ^ "47th Grammy Award Winners Announced". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  10. ^ "The Singles 1992–2003". Rhapsody. http://www.rhapsody.com/nodoubt/thesingles19922003#albumreview. Retrieved July 24, 2009.  
  11. ^ "The Singles 1992–2003". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:dvftxqualdde~T1. Retrieved July 24, 2009.  
  12. ^ NME's review of The Singles 1992–2003. Retrieved October 4, 2008.
  13. ^ "No Doubt - The Singles 1992–2003". OMH. http://www.musicomh.com/albums/no-doubt.htm. Retrieved July 24, 2009.  
  14. ^ BBC's review of The Singles 1992–2003. Retrieved October 5, 2008.
  15. ^ "Worldwide sales of The Singles 1992–2003". Billboard. http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001015119. Retrieved July 24, 2009.  
  16. ^ "Searchable database". RIAA. http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH. Retrieved July 24, 2009.  
  17. ^ Criteria for certifications from RIAA. Retrieved October 13, 2008.
  18. ^ "Searchable database". CRIA. http://www.cria.ca/cert_db_search.php. Retrieved July 24, 2009.  
  19. ^ Certifications at ARIA for 2003. Retrieved October 13, 2008.
  20. ^ Certifications at ARIA for 2004. Retrieved October 13, 2008.
  21. ^ Criteria for certification at ARIA. Retrieved October 13, 2008.
  22. ^ The Singles 1992–2003 track listing at the Billboard page on the main version of the album.
  23. ^ The Singles 1992–2003 track listing at the Billboard page on the bonus track version of the album.
  24. ^ The Singles 1992–2003 track listing at the Billboard page on the import version of the album.
  25. ^ a b Credits for The Singles 1992–2003 at Allmusic. Retrieved October 1, 2008.
  26. ^ Chart listings for No Doubt's albums on the Billboard 200. Retrieved October 9, 2008.
  27. ^ "Chart listings for The Singles 1992–2003". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:dvftxqualdde~T3. Retrieved July 24, 2009.  
  28. ^ "No Doubt - The Singles 1992–2003". Australian-Charts.com, covering multiple international charts. Retrieved October 9, 2008.
  29. ^ "Searchable database". everyHit.com for UK. http://www.everyhit.com/index.html.  
  30. ^ "Searchable database". German album charts. http://www.charts-surfer.de/musiksearch.php. Retrieved July 24, 2009.  
  31. ^ The Singles 1992–2003 release history of main version of album at Allmusic.
  32. ^ The Singles 1992–2003 release history of bonus track version of album at Allmusic.
  33. ^ The Singles 1992–2003 release history of import bonus track version at Allmusic.

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