Song Saturday: “Stand and Deliver”

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For this weeks’s edition of Song Saturday, we’re looking back at one of No Doubt’s most loved and recent covers, Adam and The Ants’ “Stand and Deliver”.

No Doubt was approached to appear and perform on an episode of CW’s hit drama Gossip Girl in early 2009. The band appeared as “Snowed Out”, an ’80s flashback fictional group with high hair and punk attitudes. No Doubt was asked to choose a song to cover on the show and went with Adam and The Ants 1980’s classic, “Stand and Deliver.” Gwen once said about the tune, “The whole thing happened on a whim, but when I read ‘Stand and Deliver’’s lyrics, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this song is really perfect for me.'”

The band decided on “Stand and Deliver” over a bunch of other tunes, but is noted to have taken the band only five minutes to decide on. Gwen said, “we normally just email, but we got on the phone for that one” in deciding their choice. Its been reported that the band didn’t see eye-to-eye during the recording process for the song’s sound direction.

After the band’s appearance on Gossip Girl, “Stand and Deliver” was recorded and sent to radio for promotion. It was also released exclusively as a digital-download when concert goers purchased a premium seat for their summer tour, as well as No Doubt’s full catalog. Tom once said that the band had no intentions of releasing the song as a single. It eventually also made it’s way to iTunes as well to promote the tour. Rumors were once swirling of the band making a music video for the song (which probably would have been a great idea) but it never happened.

The band debuted the song live in New Jersey at the Bamboozle Festival in May 2009. It was one of the first times we’ve seen No Doubt incorporate different instruments onstage, including Gwen herself. They opened up with trashcans that they hit on like drums to horse-trotting rhythmic beat (we’ve seen this more recently in live performances of “Settle Down”). No Doubt most notably performed the song as a closer on their summer 2009 tour and brought out tour mates to play alongside with them. Special guests included Paramore, Janelle Monáe, The Sounds, Bedouin Soundclash, Shirley Manson and Katy Perry.

Adam Ant himself praised No Doubt’s cover of his hit and Gwen many times over the years saying he was honored to have had them make it their own. “Gwen Stefani is one of the sexiest, coolest women in pop,” said Adam.

No Doubt also included their studio cover of “Stand and Deliver” on the Target exclusive limited edition of Push and Shove in September of 2012.


“Stand and Deliver” (5/3/2009)


“Stand and Deliver” (Gossip Girls Televised Version)


“Stand and Deliver” (5/19/2009)


“Stand and Deliver” featuring Paramore and Janelle Monáe (6/22/2009)


“Stand and Deliver” featuring Paramore and Bedouin Soundclash (7/18/2009)


“Stand and Deliver” featuring Shirley Manson and The Sounds (7/27/2009)


“Stand and Deliver” featuring Paramore and The Sounds (7/31/2009)


“Stand and Deliver” featuring Katy Perry and The Sounds (8/4/2009)

Lyrics:

I’m the dandy highwayman who you’re too scared to mention
I spend my cash on looking flash and grabbing your attention
The devil take your stereo and your record collection
The way you look you’ll qualify for next years old age pension

Stand and deliver, your money or your life
Try and use a mirror, no bullet or a knife!

I’m the dandy highwayman so sick of easy fashion
The clumsy boots, peek-a-boo roots that people think so dashing
So what’s the point of robbery when nothing is worth taking?
It’s kind of tough to tell a scruff the big mistake hes making

Stand and deliver, your money or your life!
Try and use a mirror, no bullet or a knife!

And even though you fool your souls
Your conscience will be mine
All mine

We’re the dandy highwaymen so tired of excuses
Of deep meaning philosophies where only showbiz loses
We’re the dandy highwaymen and here’s our invitation
Throw your safety overboard and join our insect nation

Stand and deliver, your money or your life!
Try and use a mirror, no bullet or a knife!

And even though you fool your souls
Your conscience will be mine, all mine

Da diddley qa qa da diddley qa qa
Da diddley qa qa da diddley qa qa

Stand and deliver, your money or your life!
Stand and deliver, your money or your life!

5 Comments

  1. yeahyeahyeah says:

    They should’ve shot a video and promoted S&D as a proper single in 2009. The summer tour was their real comeback and it would’ve been the perfect moment to release some new music. Also I think radio stations would’ve played the song more, if it was a “real” single. Who cares if it was a cover again? The original isn’t THAT famous. S&D could’ve been a good “buzz single”.

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  2. NDlover says:

    Glad it was never a single tbh. I like the song but it’s just another cover.

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    • Jenny says:

      It would have been nice to see them release an independent video for it like they did for “Push and Shove”, but I understand why they didn’t.

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  3. Amanda G says:

    Yeah I’m also glad it was never a single even though it was a fun cover and they did a great job with it.

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  4. J. says:

    The cover was quite overproduced and plastic-sounding. Glad they left it as just that.

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