For this week’s edition of Song Saturday, we’re making up for the last couple of weeks and keeping it old school and looking back at some of No Doubt’s earliest recordings and rare vinyl releases.
First up, we’re featuring 1988’s “Everything’s Wrong”, which was released on the Skaface compilation by Moon Records. Featured alongside local bands that No Doubt was used to touring with (including Donkey Show and Let’s Go Bowling), “Everything’s Wrong” predates the band’s debut album by four years and its unknown of the band’s exact lineup at the time of the recording. Both Tom and Adrian did not play on the track and it was written by Eric Stefani and J. Rosa.
“Everything’s Wrong” was re-released in the UK in 1995 on the compilation Ska-Ville USA Volume 3 on CD. DOWNLOAD HQ MP3
“Up Yours” was recorded during No Doubt’s demo sessions for their debut album but the song was released and included on the California Skaquake Vol. 1 compilation in 1992. Written by Eric Stefani, the song was performed regularly live prior to No Doubt’s debut with co-vocalist Alan Meade (which most versions can be found with). The recorded version only features Gwen on vocals. DOWNLOAD HQ MP3
One of the only songs in known history written solely by Tony, “My Room Is Still Clean” was released exclusively on the band’s debut single vinyl release for “Squeal” in 1994. The song features a heavy-punk influence and took a huge departure from No Doubt’s signature sunny sound at the time. This released version comes from a live recording from Fullerton, California back on February 13, 1993 at the Icehouse. Though the sound comes across as muddy and the lyrics are pretty much incomprehensible in most parts, its a great part of No Doubt history and pretty hard to come by nowadays.
Not much more is known about the song’s origins, but Tom once stated that the song was written by “clean freak” Tony during a part of his life that was “less than perfect” and feeling stressed out. DOWNLOAD HQ MP3
“You Can’t Teach An Ol’ Dog New Tricks” was written by Eric Stefani and was included and can only be found on No Doubt’s limited vinyl single release for “Doghouse” in 1994. The song was written during the Beacon Street recording sessions. “You Can’t Teach An Ol’ Dog New Tricks” was also performed acoustically for lucky radio fans on KUCI’s Ska Parade in April 1994 where Gwen announced it’s early title as “Dog Chase”. Party, No Doubt! DOWNLOAD HQ MP3
And for fun, check out this incredibly cool and unexpected “Up Yours” remix courtesy of TheDjLawyer’s House!