.

Raves: Gwen Stefani's Picks

The No Doubt singer's favorites, from Muppets to Madness

May 30, 1996
Gwen Stefani backstage
Gwen Stefani backstage
Mick Hutson/Redferns

David Bowie/The Go-Go's/Madness
Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, Calif. (1983)

My brother got to go, but my dad said I was too young. I cried myself to sleep on the couch because Madness is my favorite band of all time. The next thing I know, my mom put the phone on my ear, and it was my dad saying, "Are you too tired to go to the concert? I got tickets." I was mesmerized by Madness. I don't even think I watched the other bands.

The Sound of Music
That whole soundtrack is really special to my heart. I probably sing "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things" at least twice a week in my head.

Disneyland
Anaheim, Calif.

It is the Happiest Place on Earth, but it's corrupt. Since we're from Anaheim, we got to play the Disneyland graduation party for the new employees. To be able to say, "We played in front of 'It's A Small World,' " is pretty intense.

Rear Window
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

I loved Grace Kelly in that movie. She wears this dress that has a black velvet top with a white skirt. For my prom dress I made my mom make me one exactly like it.

"Rainbow Connection"
It's the banjo and the words. When I think of it, I get shivers. I love The Muppet Movie. It's that story – "I'm gonna make it" – and they do. That's my favorite story.

Beverly Hills, 90210
We got offered to be a band on the show, but we're not gonna do it – it's too cheesy. I'm putting the fax of the offer in my scrapbook, though. It was gonna be us playing for the – what's the buff guy's name with the blond hair? Fraternity guy. It's his 21st birthday – yeah, right. He's like probably 35.

Shirley Temples
Just 7 Up with grenadine and cherries. I'm totally a goody-good, I have to admit. I'm trying hard to become an alcoholic to fit into this whole rock & roll scene. I'm learning how to drink beer. I think I like Corona a little bit. I try really hard.

This column is from the May 30th, 1996 issue of Rolling Stone.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com