In honor of Gwen’s birthday today, the Orange County Register has put together their list of the top 10 best bands from Orange County, California. No Doubt comes in at #2 on the list, right behind Social Distortion. While we somewhat don’t agree with the ranking, it’s great to see them still getting noticed in the county all of them called home once.
OC Register — Man, Gwen Stefani is 42 on Monday. Does this make you feel old or young?
Her band, No Doubt, and several other of Orange County’s greatest groups have that power to make you feel youthful. Whether it’s latter-day ska you prefer or the ageless surf guitar of Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, there’s an energy in the best O.C. music that sets it apart.
#2 No Doubt
Here’s Gwen Stefani and the crew performing at the Hyundai Pavilion in San Bernardino on June 26, 2004. It took No Doubt years to become an overnight success with their third album, “Tragic Kingdom,” in 1995. After a disappointing follow-up, “Return of Saturn,” the band roared back with “Rock Steady,” in 2001. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Tragic” No. 441 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and “Rock Steady” No. 316.