Is No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom truly a breakthrough album? Is it a classic? Is it deserving of a full-on live tribute?
Although the merits of the record that introduced SoCal pop-ska favourites No Doubt to the world are debatable (remember “Just a Girl”?), a Vancouver collective is taking on the 1995 (!) release with a mix of music and poetry.
In the ongoing Mashed Poetics series, local poets write new works based on songs from a specific album and perform them the night of the show. In this case, a group of local poets will be writing pieces based on songs from the No Doubt album Tragic Kingdom.
The poets will recite in between the songs, as covered by a pick-up group called The Different People.
The Different People includes vocalist Sarah Jickling (of Vancouver band The Oh Wells) and bassist Clint Wilson. The lead guitarist calls him-(or her-)self Spillious the Ridiculous and the whole shebang takes place this Friday Jan 25 at the Kozmik Zoo at 53 W Broadway. Show at 9 p.m., cover charge is $10.
Here’s the full lineup of poets at the 13th Mashed Poetics/No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom:
Fortunate Sonya – “Spiderwebs”
Ivan Penaluna – “Excuse Me Mr.”
Timothy Shay – “Just a Girl”
Julie C. Peters – “Happy Now”
RC Weslowski – “Different People”
Daniela Elza - “Hey You”
Susan Cormier – “The Climb”
Enrico Renz – “Sixteen”
Leah Horlick – “Sunday Morning”
Ben Rawluk – “Don’t Speak”
Kyle Mallinson – “You Can Do It”
Shannon Rayne – “World Go Round”
Lee Cannon-Browne – “End it on This”
Sebastien Wen – “Tragic Kingdom”