I was in 5th grade, it was 1995, and it was a great year! Gas was $1.09 per gallon. Toy Story made its debut as the first entirely computer generated movie. The New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup (have I mentioned I'm a Jersey girl?). What did I care about gas prices in 5th grade? Or even hockey, for that matter, except that "we" won? What was the best thing I remember about 1995? No Doubt released Tragic Kingdom. You know the songs! At least you've heard Don't Speak or Just a Girl. They quickly became my favorite band. My very first!
I never "grew out" of Tragic Kingdom. If anything, I appreciated it more as I got older (Sixteen, anyone?). And I still count Tragic Kingdom among my top favorite albums, still have a copy of it floating around here somewhere, even though I've had to replace it several times. From Tragic Kingdom to Rock Steady, I've been a rock steady fan (and have discovered their earlier stuff, of course). The only disappointment I have as such a longtime fan is that I've never been to a concert. It makes me sad, actually. I've never been to any concert, and there's no one I'd want to see more than No Doubt (although I'd like to see quite a few people/bands).
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Unlike my love for old-school Madonna, Eric joins me in being a huge No Doubt/ Gwen Stefani fan. I don't think anything prepared my husband, though, for my reaction when I finally heard No Doubt's first new song back together. There was a lot of screaming and jumping up and down. It just felt SO GOOD to hear them all together! I now have Push and Shove added to my collection and I'm thrilled with it. So.. even though I've only played the album through less than 10 times and I might change my mind, here's my favorite song from the album. Celebrate 17 years of fandom with me! And tell me... who was YOUR first?