Spiderwebs

Album: Tragic Kingdom (1996)
Charted: 16 18

Songfacts®:

  • This song was written by Gwen Stefani and her bandmate Tony Kanal. It's about a girl who is frustrated because an annoying guy keeps calling her. Despite her efforts to blow him off, he keeps calling, meaning she now has to screen her phone calls.
  • With the refrain, "Leave a message and I'll call you back," this became a popular song for people to leave as a message on their answering machines.
  • An additional video was made for release in Japan. This one showed the band in a Japanese restaurant and at a wedding reception as different Japanese phrases came across the screen. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR
  • In America, none of the songs on Tragic Kingdom were sold as singles, which drove up sales of the album. Certain songs were still promoted, however, through radio airplay and MTV. First was "Just A Girl," which introduced many listeners to No Doubt in the summer of 1996, reaching #23 on the Airplay chart (songs not sold as singles were ineligible for the Hot 100). "Spiderwebs" was the next promotional single, and it made #18 in October. The next one was the big hit: "Don't Speak," which hit #1 on the Airplay chart in December and left "no doubt" about the band's prospects.

Comments: 2

  • Lilly from Chicago, IlIn high school I used this song as my voicemail...pretty nice...
  • Lilly from Chicago, IlThe beginning of this song is similar to "The Tide is High" by Blondie, which is also reggae-influenced.
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