An Audio Diva Christmas: No Doubt Say 'Oi! To The World'
Monday, December 19, 2011
Oh this is unabashed fun.
No Doubt fans fall in two categories. Either you hate how they became more Pop than Ska in the last decade or you love any and everything they did. I rest in the latter. I also wasn't a grouse about Gwen Stefani going the solo route. Prior to all that fan 'conflict' over their genre shift, No Doubt was just a collective out of Cali's Orange County who had finally brought Ska to the mainstream with their Tragic Kingdom set, as well as cemented their tenure with the signature song, "Don't Speak".
They were still pretty much wild kids on the run when they covered The Vandals' beaty n' bouncy Christmas song, "Oi! To The World" for the third volume of the A Very Special Christmas series. The song has often gotten negative backing behind it (okay, it's not the best Christmas song to say the least---then what is?), but I've always been a sucker for the energy of Gwen and her guys gave on this, plus I wouldn't be a 90's kid if I didn't say I heard this a lot growing up, enjoying every rambunctious minute.