"Stand and Deliver" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Reprise of '80s fave debuts on Gossip Girl.

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Positive Messages

Although most of the lyrics are tongue-in-cheek, there are still lines like "Stand and deliver your money or your life."

Violence

A few references to violence are found scattered throughout the song, with talk of highwaymen, bullets and knives.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

The single makes its live debut on the television show Gossip Girl.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single from No Doubt is being heavily promoted because of its live debut on the CW's Gossip Girl. This promotion might attract tween Gwen Stefani fans who aren't old enough for the prime-time drama. Although the song itself makes references to robbery, the lyrics don't pose much of a threat.

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What's the story?

Parents might remember STAND AND DELIVER as an Adam Ant song from the early 1980's. Some two decades later, No Doubt has re-interpreted the song for a new generation. In fact, the song will make its live debut on the teen favorite Gossip Girl. This is the first musical offering from No Doubt in many years and the first leak in anticipation of their new album due out in 2010 and their reunion tour planned for 2009.

Is it any good?

With any cover song, it's hard not to make comparisons to the original version. For this single, Adam Ant's rendition stills comes out on top. Although No Doubt's version might be new and improved, its sound is a bit more repetitive than Ant's flamboyant performance. Gwen Stefani hits some perfect notes, but then falters when she attempts to go too far over-the-top. The addition of the repetitive background vocals "Da diddley qa qa da diddley qa qa" rule out any chance of this being a playlist favorite..

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how television and movies use music to promote a project. Can you think of any examples of when a musician or group was used to attract fans to a film or television show? Will you want to watch Gossip Girl to see this performance? Does the television series become cooler because of this tie-in? Is No Doubt somehow endorsing the series or do you think the group is just trying to capitalize on the show's popularity?

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