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No Doubt

No Doubt

Date: Jun 01 2009

Themes: Friend, Party

Grammar: Direct vs. Reported Speech

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It’s been five years since the last time No Doubt went on tour, and even longer since they released their last studio album, Rock Steady. But it’s not like the band members haven’t been keeping busy. After leaving the group to go solo in 2004, lead singer Gwen Stefani put out two hit albums of her own. Oh, and she also got married, started a clothing line, and had a couple of babies.

Now there’s good news for fans of the band who felt betrayed when Stefani went solo. No Doubt has reunited, with plans to go on tour and start working on a new album this summer.

Devan has been a No Doubt super-fan for years. She’ll probably be one of the first people in line to buy tickets for their summer tour. Listen to her and Dale talk about the band.

Dialog

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Dale

Dale

Devan

Devan

Dale:  Have you heard of No Doubt?

Devan:  Of course! I only spent my entire childhood being obsessed with them. And did you know that they’re going on tour this summer for the first time in five years? I’m so excited.

Dale:  So during those five years when they separated, Gwen Stefani did her own thing, right?

Devan:  Yeah. She was doing her solo thing. It’s like she took a break from the ska band. It was kind of like almost as if she was cheating on the band.

Dale:  Do you think she was cheating?

Devan:  A little bit, I think so, because she said before that she would never go solo, and then she did. And she completely just dumped their ska roots and went and did her own pop thing. But…but no, they’re back together now and I’m really excited.

Dale:  So she’s not going to go back to being a solo artist?

Devan:  I think she’ll probably do another solo album again too. But for now she just wants to reunite with the band. Yeah, they’re going on tour, and I’m definitely gonna see them, and I’ll be skanking in the audience.

Dale:  Do you think Gwen Stefani is better as a solo artist or with the band?

Devan:  I gotta go with the band.

 

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Discussion

Devan is excited for No Doubt to go on tour this summer. She’s loved them since they first became popular, in the mid-1990s.

Dale asks Devan about lead singer Gwen Stefani’s solo career. Devan feels like Stefani betrayed the band by going solo, since she once said that she would never leave No Doubt. The music she made on her own had more of a pop sound. Some people were upset that she abandoned her ska roots.

Do you like Gwen Stefani better as a solo artist, with her band, No Doubt? Do you think it’s wrong for a lead singer to quit her band and go solo?

 

Comments

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paloma233333

China

Many bands do break up after some while.And yes,many artists are just such a big pretender.they promised before not to  go solo and be with his band until his toes up or what,but they totally forgot about his own words later.it’s sort of selfish and prudish.Nevertheless,there were some of them did it just because they got into adversity and bigotry.whatever,until we can know their reasons very clearly,we don’t  have a license to judge them too much. And one more thing,it’s awesome to see some bands ggetting together again.

01:08 PM Nov 01 2014 |

EshAA

Pakistan

Nice one

03:43 PM Mar 08 2014 |

NightlyOwl

NightlyOwl

Ukraine

Any  band can’t exist forever! It’s not real. Many people – many disagreement. It’s okey when they break. But  on the start it is always rise, glory and wild love of fans. Then, when favorite band  breaks, you remember the start and regret.

10:10 PM Apr 01 2013 |

omipandey

India

i want lurn eng please help me

12:10 PM Mar 30 2010 |

PRISCILA18

Colombia

actually this group… it´s really new… i have heard about NO DOUBT… it´s an interesting group and i think that they have a tremendous musical work…

11:40 PM Nov 07 2009 |

whitecolomb

Tunisia

i m not interested in no dout but i liked the dialogue (was not hard to distinguish words)

09:05 AM Jun 11 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I like just some little No Doubt musics…So for me whatever if she is in the band or not :)

07:14 PM Jun 05 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Humm,I know little on No Doubt and I like some musics to…So for me,whatever :)

07:09 PM Jun 05 2009 |

LuSil

LuSil

Israel

I have favorite song by No Doubt.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5dGepZM810

 It's really classical song. My recommendation.

 

 

05:23 PM Jun 05 2009 |

bluese

bluese

Turkey

super very beautiful a page

02:07 PM Jun 05 2009 |

chenjiaona

chenjiaona

China

It's  a pity for fans whose favorate brand want to disband.

08:26 AM Jun 05 2009 |

max122

max122

Slovakia

Some singers prefer to go solo, becasue they wanted to make different kind of music as the band. 

01:09 PM Jun 03 2009 |

julywidiawati

Indonesia

when you work in a team, you must know the consequence that everything have to discuss, all of you have to have one point of view of everything. But sometimes as a human we have our own things that make someone out of the team.

12:47 AM Jun 03 2009 |

az11

az11

Jordan

i think working in a team may sound better than working alone.

nice job

10:21 PM Jun 02 2009 |

ZuoZhou

ZuoZhou

United States

U R Welcome, natally!!

08:58 PM Jun 02 2009 |

natally

natally

Belarus

Thanks ZuoZhuo for the link! I really like it!

07:51 PM Jun 02 2009 |

ZuoZhou

ZuoZhou

United States

For you music lovers on EnglishBaby, I highly recommend Fever Ray, a Swedish band that sings in their 2nd language, English.

I discovered them recently and have been listening to their new album ever since. Like all talented non-native speakers of English, they know how to bend the rules of grammar & add new poetic flavors to the adopted tongue….

 

 

Here's my favorite song by them :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F-CpE73o2M

 

 

 

Enjoy!

07:36 PM Jun 02 2009 |

Eydo

Eydo

Turkey

Myself; I like Classical Music and those who like classical music as wellJ))

05:57 PM Jun 02 2009 |

Eydo

Eydo

Turkey

JFULZ

05:07 PM Jun 02 2009 |

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