Video: Gwen Stefani Twists Her Major Singles into Country Songs

by Josh Lanier

Gwen Stefani has never been contained by a single genre. She began her career as the frontwoman of the pop, punk, ska fusion band No Doubt. She then effortlessly slipped into a solo career that has featured hits as varied as Stefani’s outfits. She’s dabbled in country music. But she’s been accompanied by her boyfriend Blake Shelton when she does.

But on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Fallon gave her hits a new country sound. He joked it was for anyone who likes their “ska and pop by the way of the South.”

Dressed in full cowboy regalia, Fallon put on his spurs to become Buck Pinto for a parody informercial to hawk the album “Gwen’s Gone Country.”

“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,” Fallon as Pinto says. “Problem is, you got to choose one or the other. Well, not anymore, thanks to this new album, ‘Gwen’s Gone Country.'”

Stefani mimed along with country renditions of No Doubt’s “Spiderwebs” and “Don’t Speak.” As well as a new take on her 2004 mega-hit “Hollaback Girl.”

Fallon made sure to get a parting shot at Shelton before the segment ended.

“And if you order now, you get this exclusive bonus album ‘Blake Shelton Big Ska Country,'” Fallon said, as a checkerboard album cover with Shelton sporting a bright-green mullet appears on the screen.

Gwen Stefani Shocked She Dabbled in Country

The 51-year-old singer was on “The Tonight Show” to promote the return of “The Voice.” She’s a judge on the show with boyfriend Shelton.

But Fallon also wanted to talk about the 25th anniversary of the No Doubt album “Tragic Kingdom.” That album launched the California band into the mainstream with hits such as “Just a Girl,” “Spiderwebs,” “Don’t Speak,” “Excuse Me Mr.” and “Sunday Morning.” No Doubt released “Kingdom” on Oct. 10, 1995.

Stefani recalled how the band once made a fake album and sold it out of the back of their band after their shows. So when “Just a Girl” became a smash hit it was a complete shock. She said it wasn’t unlike joining the country music ranks.

“I’ve definitely bounced to different genres in my career. … It was just natural. but this is one I never, would ever imagine would happen,” she told Fallon. She said country music fans won’t accept a “phony.”

Shelton and Stefani have released a few country songs together. He said, however, that his favorite of their collaborations is the most recent: “Happy Together.” The video features several home movies of the couple over their five years together.