New (song)

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For the Paul McCartney song, see New (Paul McCartney song).
"New"
Single by No Doubt
from the album Return of Saturn and Music from the Motion Picture Go
Released May 1999
Format CD single, 12" single
Genre New wave, alternative rock, synthpop
Length 4:26
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Tom Dumont, Gwen Stefani
Producer(s) Jerry Harrison, No Doubt
No Doubt singles chronology
"Hey You!"
(1998)
"New"
(1999)
"Ex-Girlfriend"
(2000)

"New" is a song by the rock band No Doubt, written by Tom Dumont and Gwen Stefani for the Go soundtrack (1999). It was later included on No Doubt's fourth studio album Return of Saturn (2000). It's the first single as a quartet, after the departure of original keyboardist Eric Stefani in 1994. The song is available as a downloadable track for the music video game series Rock Band and Guitar Hero. The song was a complete departure from the band's previous singles, switching from a ska punk-influenced sound to more new wave-influenced sound.

Background[edit]

The song is heavily influenced by new wave music. In it, guitar pedals and effects are used to distort the sound of Adrian Young's drums.[1]

The song was the first song to be recorded by No Doubt as a four-piece after original percussionist Eric Stefani's departure in 1994 before promotion for Tragic Kingdom began.

Originally the song was intended to be a non-album single, but because of the success of the single in the Modern Rock Tracks, it was later included in their fourth album Return of Saturn.

Chart performance[edit]

The song did not chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100; it did, however peak at number seven on the Modern Rock Tracks.[2] The single reached number thirty on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band's fourth Top 40 British single.[3]

Music video[edit]

Kanal's character (right) helps that of Stefani (left) get into a rave.

In the song's music video, which was directed by Jake Scott, each band member plays a character going to a rave with Tony Kanal wearing a sherwani.[4] The video also debuted Stefani's new glam rock-influenced look, although in this video she still retains her platinum blonde hair but with violet highlights. She would dye her hair pink the following year to promote Return of Saturn.

The video won the award for the Most Stylish Video at the 1999 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards. Joanne Gair worked with Stefani on her make-up.[5]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
Irish Singles Chart 98
UK Singles Chart[3] 30
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[2] 23
US Billboard Alternative Songs[6] 7

Track listing[edit]

American 12" vinyl single
  1. "New" (New Doubt Club Mix) – 6:18
  2. "New" (New & Approved Remix (Extended Edit)) – 6:20
German single
  1. "New" (Album Version) - 4:15
  2. New & Approved Remix - 5:40
German maxi single
  1. "New" (Album Version) - 4:15
  2. New & Approved Remix - 5:40
  3. New & Approved Remix (Extended Edit) – 6:20
  4. New Doubt Club Mix - 6:18
Australian CD maxi single
  1. "New" - 4:15
  1. "New" (New & Approved Remix) – 5:40
  2. "New" (New & Approved Remix (Extended Version)) – 6:20
  3. "New" (New Doubt Club Mix) – 6:18
  • Note: the disc lists only the album version, the sleeve lists only remixes as tracks 1-3.
British CD single
  1. "New" - 4:15
  2. New Doubt Club Mix - 6:18
  3. New & Approved Remix - 5:40

References[edit]

  1. ^ Montoya, Paris and Lanham, Tom. "New". The Singles 1992-2003 (liner notes). Interscope Records. November 25, 2003.
  2. ^ a b "No Doubt". Billboard. Retrieved January 8, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "UK Top 40 Hit Database". everyHit.com. Retrieved October 14, 2007.
  4. ^ "No Doubt Cruises Rave Scene For New Video". MTV News. January 28, 1999. Retrieved December 24, 2006.
  5. ^ Tannen, Mary (1999-05-30). "Style; The Painted Bird". New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  6. ^ "No Doubt". Allmusic. Retrieved August 12, 2008.