Spiderwebs (song)

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"Spiderwebs"
Promo CD single
Single by No Doubt
from the album Tragic Kingdom
B-side"Sailin' On", "The Climb (Live)", "D.J.'s (Live)", "Let's Get Back", "Dog House" & "Oi To The World"
ReleasedNovember 19, 1995 (United States)
FormatCD single
GenreSka punk
Length4:27 (Album Version)
3:50 (Radio Edit)
LabelInterscope
Writer(s)Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal
Producer(s)Matthew Wilder, No Doubt
No Doubt singles chronology
"Just a Girl"
(1995)
"Spiderwebs"
(1995)
"Don't Speak"
(1996)
 
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"Spiderwebs"
Promo CD single
Single by No Doubt
from the album Tragic Kingdom
B-side"Sailin' On", "The Climb (Live)", "D.J.'s (Live)", "Let's Get Back", "Dog House" & "Oi To The World"
ReleasedNovember 19, 1995 (United States)
FormatCD single
GenreSka punk
Length4:27 (Album Version)
3:50 (Radio Edit)
LabelInterscope
Writer(s)Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal
Producer(s)Matthew Wilder, No Doubt
No Doubt singles chronology
"Just a Girl"
(1995)
"Spiderwebs"
(1995)
"Don't Speak"
(1996)

"Spiderwebs" is a ska punk song written by Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal for No Doubt's third studio album Tragic Kingdom (1995). It was released as the album's second single in 1995 (see 1995 in music).

The song debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart and peaked at number 5 after three weeks of its release. The song's lyrics are about a man who had been calling Gwen at all hours to recite bad poetry to her.[1] Musically, the song uses a drum for the beat and various brass instruments, such as a trombone to build up the crescendos in the chorus.

Music video[edit]

The band tangled in a spiderweb made of telephones.

Two different music videos were produced for "Spiderwebs". In the first version, the music video showed clips of the band playing. MTV thought that the exploding telephones were inappropriate for younger viewers so they added more footage of the band. These included lead singer Gwen Stefani walking around being covered in "spiderwebs" made of strings sprayed out of aerosol cans and Gwen being tangled in various telephone cords. In the second version, the music video featured the band playing in a Japanese restaurant entertaining the patrons. As the band plays, various Japanese-language sentences are displayed on the screen.

The subtitles displayed in the Japanese music video during the wedding reception scene translate to: "Excellent party", "I really like cake a lot", "What is your name?", "This is excellent champagne", "What is this? Crazy kids", "It's making me sick".

Cover versions[edit]

Massachusetts pop punk band Four Year Strong covered the song on their '90s cover-album Explains It All in 2009.

Appearances in other media[edit]

The song is featured as a playable song in both Guitar Hero: On Tour and Guitar Hero World Tour. It is also a downloadable song for the Rock Band and SingStar series.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Australian single
  1. "Spiderwebs" (LP version) – 4:28
  2. "Spiderwebs" (live from KROQ) – 4:05
  3. "Sailin' On" (from MOM: Music for Our Mother Ocean) – 3:37
  4. "Just a Girl" (video - enhanced version)
British single 1
  1. "Spiderwebs" (LP version) – 4:28
  2. "The Climb" (live) 7:56
  3. "Doghouse" – 4:30
  4. "Spiderwebs" (video) – 4:08
British single 2
  1. "Spiderwebs" (LP version) – 4:28
  2. "D.J.'s" (live) – 4:06
  3. "Let's Get Back" (LP version) – 4:14
  4. "Excuse Me Mr." (video) – 3:37
Promotional US CD Single
  1. "Spiderwebs" (Radio Edit) – 3:50
  2. "Spiderwebs" (Album Version) – 4:28
Swedish single
  1. "Spiderwebs" (LP version) – 4:28
  2. "Sailin' On" (from MOM: Music for Our Mother Ocean) – 3:37
Spanish single
  1. "Spiderwebs" (LP version) – 4:28
  2. "The Climb" (live) 7:56
  3. "Doghouse" – 4:30
  4. "Oi to the World" - 2:42
  5. "Spiderwebs" (video) – 4:08

Official versions[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1996-97)[3][4]Peak
position
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[5]11
Canadian RPM Alternative 30[6]8
Netherlands Top 10085
New Zealand Singles Chart30
Swedish Top 6023
UK Singles Chart16
US Billboard Mainstream Top 4011
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks5
US Billboard Adult Top 4029

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spiderwebs". Montoya, Paris and Lanham, Tom. 2003. The Singles 1992-2003 (liner notes). Retrieved December 5, 2006.
  2. ^ Nina Scherer (2010-01-25). "This Week On The SingStore (28 January 2010)". PlayStation.Blog. Europe. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  3. ^ "Tragic Kingdom". Allmusic. Retrieved January 8, 2007.
  4. ^ "No Doubt - Spiderwebs (Song)". SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved January 9, 2007.
  5. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 64, No. 15, November 25, 1996". RPM. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  6. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 63, No. 24, July 29, 1996". RPM. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 

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