Well, it looks like Blake Shelton‘s music is rubbing off on Gwen Stefani even more. This week, the No Doubt frontwoman transformed some of her biggest singles into true country hits with the help of Jimmy Fallon.
From No Doubt classics to her iconic “Hollaback Girl,” Stefani recreated each song into something fans have never heard before.
On Monday, Stefani joined Fallon for an episode of The Tonight Show. Together, they performed a hilarious sketch that was all about promoting Stefani’s fictitious country album. Fallon took on the character of Buck Pinto who helped promote the forthcoming release.
“Howdy I’m Buck Pinto, here with a new record I think y’all are going to be mighty excited for see,” Fallon says. “If you’re like me, you love the sweet sounds of down-home country music, but if you’re also like me, you love the rockin’ music of multitalented superstar Gwen Stefani. Problem is, you got to choose one or the other.”
Stefani then recreated No Doubt’s “Spiderwebs” and “Don’t Speak” into songs with true country twang. Her “Don’t Speak” snippet includes a vibrant violin and images of wheat fields on the green screen behind her. “Spiderwebs” is perhaps the most believable country song in the entire sketch, featuring her layered vocals and slow-tempo drums.
Stefani also transformed her pop hit “Hollaback Girl.” For the rendition, she gave her voice a southern drawl and even included backing vocals from what sounds like Shelton. Although the sketch was meant to be funny and light-hearted, it does display Stefani’s cross-genre abilities.
Stefani’s Gone Country album also includes renditions of No Doubt’s “It’s My Life” and “Underneath It All.” The fictitious tracklisting and Stefani’s performances truly make us wish this album was actually a real thing.
Stefani also opened up to Fallon about the release of No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom 25 years ago.
“It’s such a weird record! Those songs, they don’t fit in anywhere in this world,” she says. “Yet, so many people connected to them”
“It’s such a weird record! Those songs, they don’t fit in anywhere in this world, but yet, so many people connected to them” @gwenstefani tells Jimmy about releasing #TragicKingdom 25 years ago 🎧 #FallonTonight pic.twitter.com/06DHyTOTKx
— The Tonight Show (@FallonTonight) October 20, 2020
Gwen Stefani and Jimmy Fallon’s sketch is available to watch below.
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