No Doubt Tells All: The Stories Behind Their Classic Records

"Spiderwebs" (1995)

Album: Tragic Kingdom
Label: Trauma/Interscope
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Tony: “I remember writing that in my bedroom at my parents house in Yorba Linda. I had gotten a 4-track tape machine and that was after Eric had left so it was like, ‘We’ve got to write.’ I came up with this riff, and Gwen came in. I remember we sat there and just worked on this song, we just put different ideas down, and we took it to the band and everyone liked it.

Adrian:
“When we were first working on it, before we went in the studio, it was way slower. It was almost kind of like a funky groove song because it was so much slower.”

Tom:
“I remember Tony and Gwen wrote that one. Gwen had gone to Tony’s house, and we used to write songs—it would be either me and Gwen, like ‘Just A Girl’ was me and Gwen with just a tape recorder, or Tony and Gwen with a tape recorder. Tony gave me the cassette tape, and was like, ‘Can you learn this? Can you figure out some guitar parts for it?’ I just remember taking that cassette tape home, and it was just Tony on bass and then Gwen singing in the bedroom, and I was like, ‘Oh my god this song is really good.’ You get that feeling like ‘This is a great song. How’d they write this?’"

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