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  • -Gwen, it is so good to see you. -Whoo!

  • Thank you so much for coming back to the show.

  • You were with me when I really, really needed you,

  • when we first were doing the shows from the home shows

  • and we were on Zoom.

  • And do you remember shaving --

  • You shaved my initials into Blake Shelton's head.

  • -One of my favorite moments of my life was actually doing that.

  • Two of my favorite human beings.

  • I get to create art that was -- It wasn't very lasting, though.

  • It did grow out. -Yeah, I figured.

  • -But that was amazing. -Yeah, I figured.

  • -I never thought that I would be with someone that a mullet ever.

  • -I think he pulled it off. He looked good.

  • -Yeah. He looked good.

  • I was sad when he wanted to hack it off.

  • I was really upset about it.

  • -I don't know how this is true, but I was researching

  • some things before this interview

  • and I saw that it's the 25th anniversary of

  • "Tragic Kingdom," of No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom."

  • 25 -- is that -- -It's still crazy.

  • -How is that possible? -It's true. I don't know.

  • And I think -- Last week, I started

  • posting and looking at all these people posting,

  • and it was really emotional,

  • like, in a crazy way I wasn't expecting,

  • 'cause I don't really do --

  • Like, I don't really care about anniversaries,

  • but you start to actually think about it,

  • especially this year, with everything being so crazy

  • and just imagining all the people

  • that have come up to me saying, you know,

  • "That was my favorite record."

  • And it's such a weird record.

  • Like, those songs -- like, they don't fit in anywhere

  • in this world, but, yet, so many people connected to them, and --

  • -Oh, it was the biggest thing in the world.

  • I mean, I was out in L.A. when it was released

  • and I was doing stand-up.

  • And, you know -- And, like, you spend

  • a lot of time driving in L.A.

  • And you were on the radio all the time.

  • It was so -- I have nothing but great memories from that album.

  • But, I mean, when you made the album cover, did you think,

  • "This album is going to be big" or "It's going to be a hit"

  • or "We're going to be famous"?

  • -No. We were just -- I mean, we were trying to

  • make that record for so long.

  • We were in our band for nine years

  • before that record came out.

  • So we never -- Like, we put a fake record out

  • before that, 'cause the record company wouldn't

  • put our record out, so we were like,

  • "Oh, we're just going to put this record out."

  • And we, like -- I did, like, the collage for it.

  • I went to Kinko's and I Xeroxed all these pictures of us,

  • and we put this record out called

  • "The Beacon Street Collection."

  • Just kind of like, "Well, if you're not going to

  • put one out, we'll put this really bad one."

  • No. The record we put out was, like, kind of all the songs

  • that didn't make it, so, obviously, not the great songs.

  • -I love that you went to Kinko's and made it little --

  • That's so cool.

  • And were they, like, CDs you handed out

  • at concerts or sold or...

  • -I think we sold them out of our van or whatever.

  • We were just trying to make it, you know?

  • We weren't even trying to make it.

  • We just wanted the fans that came to see us

  • to have our music on a record, because at that point,

  • "Just a Girl" -- we were playing that live

  • for over a year before it ever came out.

  • Like, we were playing it.

  • -It was such a different sound

  • and something I just had not heard.

  • Like, your voice was so different,

  • and, like, I go like, "Oh, what is this?"

  • Like, it's like ska, but, like, who is this singer,

  • and what's going on?

  • And "Just a Girl," and you go like --

  • I loved -- And cranking it so loud.

  • It was just, like, I mean, guys loved it.

  • Everyone -- It's an anthem now. -It's still crazy.

  • -Does it freak you out?

  • -I actually named my Vegas residency --

  • I did that for about two years, which was amazing,

  • and I named it "The Just a Girl Show"

  • basically because it felt, like, so right,

  • and the show was very much reflective of, like,

  • kind of the moments in time

  • of all the different versions of me.

  • And -- But I always thought that that song

  • would kind of be outdated in some way

  • or I'd out grow it 'cause I'd be, like, a woman or something,

  • and it still is so relevant.

  • It's insane. -Yeah.

  • -So proud of that.

  • -Thank you for doing our country bit earlier,

  • which is kind of fun, because, speaking of country,

  • your song with Blake Shelton, "Nobody But You,"

  • is up for a CMT Music Award.

  • You're basically -- -That's so crazy.

  • -How does that -- That's got to feel amazing, right?

  • -It's really weird.

  • It's just -- I've definitely bounced, you know,

  • in different genres through my career,

  • and it was just kind of easy.

  • Like, it was just natural.

  • And this was one I never would ever imagine would happen.

  • Although, my parents grew up --

  • Like, I grew up on, like, bluegrass music and, like, folk.

  • So it's kind of similar in a way.

  • But, like, the first concert I ever went to was

  • an Emmylou Harris concert when I was, like,

  • in Girl Scouts or whatever.

  • So it's just crazy to think that now I'm on

  • two records, actually, country records,

  • and on the radio, like, country radio?

  • That's hard for me to believe.

  • And -- But so honored, and I love the song so much.

  • And I've learned so much about country music.

  • -Country fans don't really let everyone into their world.

  • You can't be a phony, 'cause they'll sniff you out

  • and they'll be like --

  • -Yeah, that is true.

  • And that's one thing about Blake Shelton.

  • He is not a phony.

  • That guy is like Blake no matter where you are.

  • Like, I remember when I first met him

  • and I took him to some, like, Hollywood party.

  • And I was like -- I didn't know what he was going to be like.

  • You know what I'm saying? And he was just him.

  • Again, I bring him to my parents' house, he's him.

  • Like, he doesn't care that it's my dad.

  • Like, he's still Blake.

  • Like, he's so authentic, and that's what I love about him.

  • -Well, so are you.

  • I mean, did you get to work on any new music of your own?

  • -I have been.

  • I never was, like, expecting that I would,

  • but I wrote one song, and it was like a wildfire.

  • Like, they just -- I think I have like over

  • 24 songs or something like that.

  • I don't even know how, 'cause, sometimes, like,

  • you press that button, and nothing happens.

  • Like, the elevator is stuck.

  • And this time was like -- It was just, like, coming through,

  • and I was like, "This is the greatest thing."

  • And it just feels so happy

  • and it's just so fun to make new music,

  • 'cause there is really nothing else

  • that makes me feel that way.

  • And this period, like, before it comes out, is my favorite,

  • like, 'cause it's yours, and you don't --

  • Like, the anticipation, like, the excitement --

  • it's so big.

  • -Yeah, no one else gets to have any input on it yet.

  • Like, the world hasn't seen it yet.

  • You're like, "This is so exciting.

  • Like, no can --" Yeah, it's so ex-- That is a good --

  • -It's like, I make up all these, like,

  • huge dreams and, like, ideas that people

  • are going to be so excited when they hear it, like I am.

  • And it's like a fantasy that I get to live in

  • before it comes out.

  • And once the records come out, like,

  • you kind of never, like, listen to them again, you know?

  • And during the demo phase,

  • you're, like, listening repeatedly and, like --

  • It's like the lyrics are like -- It's like therapy.

  • It's like they're healing you, you know?

  • -I can't wait for that to come out.

  • Can you stick around?

  • I just want to talk about "The Voice" when we come back.

  • Is that alright? -Please.

  • -More with Gwen Stefani when we come back, everybody!

-Gwen, it is so good to see you. -Whoo!

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