“You can see it in my eyes, you can read it on my lips…”
Let’s talk about ageing gracefully. Recently, The Offspring skidmarked all over the comeback trail with two cringeworthy and awful videos – the horribly cliched Days Go By and the just plain horrible Cruising California (Bumpin’ in My Trunk). This, boys and girls, is NOT how you do it. The band look and sound about 100 years old, and a mercy killing is certainly imminent. So, what do the recently reformed No Doubt do differently, exactly? Click play on the new video for Settle Down and let’s take a look.
What you’ve got to remember to start off with is that No Doubt were about 100 when they released their last album, 2002’s Rock Steady. They have nothing to prove to anyone – hell, this reunion didn’t even need to happen, given the major success of Gwen Stefani‘s two solo records. This is a labour of love, and the band are clearly doing this because they want to, not because they have to. The video, in turn, is very bright and very upbeat – a mix of the wild partying of the Hey Baby video and the grittiness of the Hella Good video. The extended dance sequences are an absolute treat, and despite the excessive airbrushing they all look stunning. I would not say no to Gwen Stefani, people. Ever. And that’s a promise. Anyways, this is really fun – I hope the album is decent enough, too.