Relaxing over a drink in his private in-home bar with KROQ’s Ted Stryker, No Doubt drummer Adrian Young explained the story behind the ska-inspired title track from their highly anticipated new album, Push and Shove.
“Singing with Gwen (Stefani) is Jamaican dancehall rapper, Busy Signal. We worked on the track with Major Lazer, kind of a collaboration,” Young explained. “They kind of brought us back to our own roots on that song. They said, ‘When you were young, you were playing so much ska. We’d like to hear what that’s like in 2012. No Doubt playing ska.'”
“So we gave it a go, and we all get super excited every time we hear that song. Ska music in general is just exciting music. It feels natural to us. Anything you were doing as a teenager into your 20s or 30s… it’s a part of us, it’s a part of No Doubt.”
Stryker dug deeper into the roots, asking the drummer how the song was born. “The roots of the song started with Tony talking to the guys from Major Lazer (led by superstar DJ/producer Diplo), and they came up with the initial groove. It sounded awesome so we jumped in and put our tweaks on it. We said, let’s make it more ‘No Doubt.’ We wrote the chorus, which is super different than the verses.” Young reflects on the early days of the band. “It’s like what we used to do a long time ago. We’d do ska verses, then go into some weird half-time chorus. But a long time ago when we were playing music like that, radio wasn’t playing us. First the first eight years of our band, we weren’t on the radio. So, I’m really excited to hear that kind of song, from us, on the radio.”
No Doubt’s Push And Shove hits stores September 25th.
— Jay Tilles, CBS Local