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Friday, August 31, 2012

Worst New Song of the Week: No Doubt's "Push and Shove"

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 4:00 AM


Last Wednesday, Ryan Seacrest had the dubious honor of premiering No Doubt's new single, "Push and Shove," on his radio show. Before we subject you to this clusterfuck of a song, please take into account the fact that bassist Tony Kanal recently told Rolling Stone that the track was No Doubt's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Talk about raising expectations and tooting your own horn like a massive egomaniac. Let's get this over with.

0.07: "Push and Shove" fakes you out at the start with Gwen Stefani's awesome battle cry and two seconds of some nice drums...

0:10: ...and then almost immediately lapses into rapid fire ragga nonsense, that, horrifyingly, makes us think of this 1993 "classic":

If you say you can't see the resemblance between "Push and Shove" and "Informer," your pants are on fire.

0:13: "Can you come out and play, maybe tick taaa"? What the fuck is she saying?

0:31: "Hustler, hustler, hustler". This thing is getting dumber by the second.

0:45: Of course, Gwen Stefani can't get through an entire song without making an animal sound. Of course she can't.

0:53: Major shift in tempo. We've gone from irritatingly fast ragga to emotional balladry, with barely a breath between. We assume this is the bit Tony Kanal thinks qualifies "Push and Shove" as a "Bohemian Rhapsody" equivalent. It doesn't, mate. Not even a little bit. You can't just change the speed of a song in the middle and think you've created a work of genius.

1:24: Gratuitous Major Lazer appearance.

1:44: "Just when you think it's over, we be on another level like we're doing yoga." Congratulations, No Doubt, you are now contenders for writing one of the worst lines ever committed to song.

1:54: There's that weird emo chorus again.

2:35: Is this the bridge? We think this is the bridge. Why is it that, even after listening to her for, like, 20 years, Gwen Stefani's affectations and weird pronunciations are just as irritating now as they were when we first heard No Doubt? Why can't she make normal words happen with her mouth? It's like an obscure form of Tourette's or something.

2:51: This whiny chorus thing is getting really old now.

3:22: Busy Signal joins in and "Push and Shove" becomes listenable for the first time. Sadly, 30 seconds of good stuff at the end cannot excuse what we've just been subjected to. No Doubt fans may lap this up, but truthfully, this song is fucking mess.     

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