Gwen Stefani possibly confirms her solo music was crap; hopes her kid doesn't turn out to be a 'freak'

Gwen-stefani_l Gwen Stefani apparently did not take the advice of her most-famous No Doubt hit when talking to Elle for their July women-in-music cover story (on stands June 15). Quite the opposite, in fact: The platinum-coiffed singer offered some curiously candid soundbites on dynamics within the band, her new life as a mother to two genetically-gifted sons with Gavin Rossdale, and may have also confirmed her two solo albums were totally phony. Check these out:

Gwen on motherhood (via
"It’s one thing when you have an infant, butwhen you have this two-or three-year-old going, ‘Mommy, what’s thedeal?’ it’s harder. Kingston’s whole thing is, ‘I need, I need.’ He isinsane right now. We’re just hoping for the best and that he’s notgoing to turn out to be a freak, but we’ll see.”

Gwen on the band (via the
“I always referred to No Doubt as a marriage, because that’s what it’s like to be together for so long and go through what we’ve been through. I can’t really have that relationship with them anymore. My priorities are always going to be my husband and my family now. That’s a huge, huge thing.”

Gwen on songwriting (via
"I just feel very in between at the moment. Like in my cocoon waiting to blossom…I'm so screwed.I might never be able to write another song…I want so badly towrite a record. I want to make every other songwriter jealous. But it'sjust not happening right now."

Gwen on her solo work (via
"I just did the circuit. You write with all the same people ChristinaAguilera writes with. And the music's very programmed anddone in this very patchwork way. But it was so fun. I felt like I wasplaying a character."

While it's understandable baby-mama-hood has changed her life entirely (though maybe not to the extent of robbing her of her songwriting abilities), it is fascinating to hear her put her solo career in context. To her credit, both albums — Love, Angel, Music, Baby and The Sweet Escape — spawned a plethora of radio hits, and the former, lest we forget, helped launch the phrase "Hollaback Girl" into this generation's lexicon.

Regardless, the full interview is likely to drum up even more publicity for No Doubt's reunion (currently underway), much more so than that blah Adam and Ants cover. One would think not being able to write songs would throw a kink in that new No Doubt album though, right?

What do you think, Mixers? Which Gwen do you prefer — solo Gwen, or No Doubt Gwen? Are you nervous, excited or indifferent about the long-in-the-works next ND record?

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Christina Aguilera adds Le Tigre to list of collaborators for new album: Will her electro-album trump Lady Gaga's?


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  • deez nutz

    pre-rocksteady gwen + “it’s my life” cover gwen + “what u waiting for?” gwen + “4 in the morning” music video gwen…thanks!

    • Sachin

      I think you’re right about what Len was saying, but I feel Len mis-read the etided intro package thinking it was an indication of how they always are. Len based his opinion of their relationship off an etided piece of footage. One that the editors put together to try and show a dynamic between them arguing and their core friendship that they were going to express in the dance Five second clips of drama that were specifically chosen to show weaknesses contrasted with a bond. And on top of that, he seemed to have a problem with the swearing that was taking place. That’s a very old fashioned and did not take in to account how some relationship dynamics work. You can still argue and swear at someone but still have much love and respect for them. I think Len missed that completely. They are actually one of the most connected couples on the show.

  • PeterBilt The Nature Boy

    I prefer no Gwen

  • confidential

    I graduated high school in 96 so I grew up with No Doubt. I was excited and scarred for No Doubt’s future when she planned to go solo but once I heard her first album on MTV leaked I thought it totally sucked. And the second was kinda worst. Whind in up has got to be her worst song ever. But I’m super excited to hear No Doubt is back together and touring. Maybe she needs the No Doubt guys to sort of taser down all that is Gwen from her own music.

  • yeahme

    Totally prefer NO DOUBT Gwen I have loved them for so long and looked up to her but yeah no solo all that japan and dance music crap that is what is was crap. Sorry Gwen

  • bobjustbob

    Christina aka the overly acrobatic singer who prides herself on being a real songwriter unlike her peer Britney, will not be happy with that comment LOL.

  • Joe C

    No question, Gwen is much better with No Doubt. I can’t stand her solo material, whereas with No Doubt all of their songs are memorable. Hopefully she’ll stick with the band.

  • Tim

    Um… why is it an “either-or”? Gwen doesn’t see it that way, so why should anything else. And we are talking about pop music here – her solo work can hardly be called ‘totally phony’ when she had hit after hit. By definition, pop music is the music of the time, and therefore her solo work (and much of her No Doubt stuff) was most assurely the anthesis of phoney. Geesh, why does Jeremy Medina have a job?

  • Via

    Definitely better with No Doubt, as a unit those guys are amazing. I went to see their concert last week and had an unbelievable time. IMO Gwen is at her best when she’s doing pushups on stage while Adrian is dancing around in a tutu. I’d like to see those Harajuku girls top that.

  • Via

    Definitely better with No Doubt, as a unit those guys are amazing. I went to see their concert last week and had an unbelievable time. IMO Gwen is at her best when she’s doing pushups on stage while Adrian is dancing around in a tutu. I’d like to see those Harajuku girls top that.

  • Antonio

    Gwen said in an interview when her first solo single was coming out that the solo career was a chance to work with other people and be influenced by them. She basically said that this was not really “her.” At least she was upfront about it from the beginning, she’s always known that No Doubt is where she is most creative.

  • Kat

    I’m definitely a Gwen + No Doubt fan. did like some of her (slower) solo stuff, but I’m just too excited to see ND perform. (ONE WEEK!)

  • Tim

    With the exception of ‘Cool’, i’m inclined to agree with Gwen that her solo music is horrible.

  • Lilly

    Love Gwen! Love No Doubt! Concert was AMAZING!

  • Chad

    Where do you get these headlines from?
    She doesn’t even allude to her solo stuff being crap. She says that it was fun.

  • Thunder

    I’m one of very few people who love both solo Gwen and Gwen with No Doubt. Can’t wait for the new ND album!

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