18th Anniversary Of No Doubt's Self Titled Debut Album

Everyone at BSO would love to congratulate No Doubt on their 18th anniversary of the self titled debut album’s release! It honestly is one of our favorites, and we’re sad that it didn’t hit it big, but on the upside, No Doubt might not be where they are today! Below is a little more information on the album and a couple of videos taken from the album’s release party back at the Whisky.

Wikipedia — No Doubt is the self-titled debut studio album by the American third wave ska band No Doubt, released March 17, 1992 on Interscope Records. The album was originally recorded as an independent release, but was re-recorded after the band was signed to Interscope. It was produced by Dito Godwin and recorded in a recording studio in Los Angeles.

The album was released during a period in which the USA was mainly focused on grunge music, an angst-ridden genre that was almost the complete opposite of No Doubt’s upbeat commercial sound. Despite strong tours, the album failed to perform as well as the record company expected it to, selling only 30,000 copies. The record company refused to fund the release of a single from it, so No Doubt released the album’s only single, “Trapped in a Box”, independently.

The band spent less than $13,000 in the process of recording their debut album, featuring both songs written as long ago as 1987 and new songs written specifically for the disc. All of the band members continued going to school to finish their education while recording their debut album in a Los Angeles studio.

To promote their album, in the summer of 1992 the band went on two two-week tours of the Western area of the United States. In the fall, they embarked on a two-and-a-half month national tour. Due to the commercial failure of their album, Interscope refused to support the tour, leaving the band to finance it themselves

The group’s ska sound contrasted greatly with the popular music genre in the USA at the time, grunge music. The album was a commercial failure, with only 30,000 copies sold. In the words of the program director of KROQ, a Californian radio station on which it was one of the band’s driving ambitions to be played: “It would take an act of God for this band to get on the radio.”

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