Sunday, November 04, 2012

No Doubt - Looking Good - Video Review


No Doubt's Push And Shove is another album I've been meaning to review for months but never really got around to. In a nutshell - I love every song but think it's a bit thin on potential hit singles with the exception of "Easy" and "Looking Hot". So I'm relieved that Gwen and the gang have chosen the latter as the album's official second single. This should be a no-brainer. Killer chorus, lyrics that will get sluts dancing faster than free alcohol and superb production that blends genres while never losing its top 40 radio appeal. My favourite part is the dancehall breakdown towards the end. How much have you missed No Doubt?

But back to the video. The first two visuals were a bit disappointing for the band that brought us iconic clips like "Hella Good" and "It's My Life". I thought "Settle Down" was adequately glossy and colourful but "Push And Shove" gave me nightmares. Pop stars of a certain age shouldn't be giving us Blair Witch realness. No one looks good in that clip - and it's an almost impossible task to make Gwen Stefani look anything less than stunning! I'm happy to report they've learned their lesson and gone all glamorous again for "Looking Hot".

At first I had an issue with the mildly ridiculous cowboys and Indians theme. It doesn't really suit the song and struck me as a bit desperate. But then I gave in to the band's eccentric visual and now love it. Sure, it's no masterpiece. The clip looks a bit cheap and the "plot" doesn't make sense but who really cares when Gwen Stefani is rocking Indian fashion with the kind of attitude Cher displayed when she was promoting "Halfbreed"? The styling is absolutely great - love the scene in the teepee with the wolf - and the yummy mummy looks like the pop/rock goddess that she is.

Seriously, why can't Madonna call Gwen's doctor? That man is miracle worker. She still looks 27. Apart from some pretty scenery, a rather cool party scene and the stupid sub-plot about Gwen being captured by cowboys - that's it. And it's enough for me. No Doubt has found their commercial stride again. It will be interesting to see how radio takes to "Looking Hot". If it gets sufficient airplay, this could be the song that returns them to the top of the singles chart. The oddball video (below) can only help. I'm so happy they're back.

Song: 10/10, Video: 8/10

EDIT: No Doubt pulled the video after complaints from Native Americans. Who knew that Gwen Stefani wearing a pink headdress was so offensive? Oh well back to the drawing board.

13 comments:

Matt said...

Madonna looks pretty fantastic and let's not forget Gwen is like 15 years younger. Let's see Gwen at 54---then we shall talk! Lol

Sexbox said...

Gwen looks naturally youthful. I don't suspect any major surgeries. But getting to what really matters, am I the only one that thinks "One More Summer" SCREAMS hit single???? My favorite song from the album hands down!

davidsask said...

The video has since been removed, naturally the natives didn't appreciate and I agree!! Artists stop making dumb sometimes racist videos that have nothing to do with song lyrics!!

Anonymous said...

how ridiculous! there's nothing offensive about that video!

Mike said...

I agree with anon. There was nothing in that clip that I haven't seen in a million Westerns. Political correctness is such a curse.

Anonymous said...

The natives are restless

Sean said...

Removing this video is the dumbest thing ever. No Doubt deserve to flop.

JamesF said...

The war bonnet was only to be worn by warriors who had been honoured. I think was a distinct variety that could only be worn by the chief. In indigenous american culture - they're a symbol of status, and an honour bestowed on few.

To look at it in perhaps another frame, here in New Zealand we don't allow parents to give their children names that contain titles they haven't earned (Prince, Queen, Lord etc). To do so would be to appropriate and remove the status of such a title. The same thing applies with the war bonnets (aka headdress).

Just because something doesn't have cultural relevance or significance to you - doesn't mean its okay to lessen its status for the people who it does have cultural relevance to.

Mike said...

Thanks for the sermon!

JamesF said...

Gotta preach it how it is, Sis!

Anonymous said...

I've never liked Gwen

Anonymous said...

Dis nigga thought the blog was a teepee and he was preaching to his 30 kids and relatives girl BYE!!

Anonymous said...

FLOP publicity stunt! This washed up bunch of hasbeens are OVAH!