MSN posted a new slideshow of photos featuring lead singers from bands who broke the mold and found themselves outside of the band. Kind of rude commentary, but a sweet photo of Gwen was included. The article is featured on the main page, and Gwen is in the banner.
No Doubt were once a band. They came from Orange County. They were kind of ska. They worked hard, rode around in vans, played to small clubs. People didn’t really notice. Then they made a big hit album (“Tragic Kingdom,” 1995) and everyone noticed that the lead singer was really skinny and kind of sexy. Her name was Gwen Stefani. After a period of resisting, Stefani surrendered to Lead Singer Disease before the follow-up album was done. Granted, she was a natural focal point for an otherwise unremarkable-looking bunch of dudes. But Stefani got the full-blown glamour treatment, which didn’t quite suit her band’s rough-edged image. So away went the rough edges. Then she made a solo album, full of pop hits, multimillion-dollar videos and fashion spreads. Now the band is getting back together for an album and tour. Wonder who gets the biggest dressing room.