Everyone at Beacon Street Online would like to congratulate No Doubt on the 15th anniversary of The Beacon Street Collection‘s re-release which came out on this day back in 1997.
Though the band originally released the album independently in March of 1995 on their own label, Beacon Street Records…, Interscope re-released it after the success of Tragic Kingdom in 1997. The album was recorded mostly in the band house in Anaheim by the band themselves. Most of the material as well is also referred to as “Tragic Kingdom B-sides”. With many fan favorites including an updated version of old school staple, “Total Hate” (featuring Sublime’s late Bradley Nowell), “Squeal”, “Greener Pastures” and my personal favorite, “Doghouse”, The Beacon Street Collection is still held as one of No Doubt’s best and certainly have some tracks that are begging to be performed live again.
In a new Facebook poll, fans voted “Total Hate” as their favorite gem from the album and the most wanted to be seen on the upcoming tour. The band did tease fans with very brief live clips on the 2009 tour with “Squeal” and the latter.
I can personally say that the album has always been very inspiring to me, enough for me to name my beloved fan site (and gallery!) off of. With it’s raw sound (“Snakes”), powerful lyrics (“Greener Pastures”) and overall awesomeness (“Open The Gate”), The Beacon Street Collection is timeless No Doubt and will always hold a special place in our hearts, especially the old-schoolers.
Tell us, what is your favorite song from The Beacon Street Collection?