Before she sold more than 30 million records, created the L.A.M.B. fashion line that rakes in more than $150 million annually, and became wife to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale and mom to sons Kingston, 5, and Zuma, 3, Gwen Stefani really was "Just a Girl" from Orange County, California. The 42-year-old rocker reminded us of her roots in '80s SoCal on Wednesday when she finally set up a Twitter account and promptly tweeted a video and pics of herself in her younger years.
The photos, which Gwen described as being from the eighth grade and 1983 (in other words, when she was 13 or 14), showed the teen with her older brother, Eric. In one, she's clutching an autograph from what she described as her "favorite band," the British ska and punk group Madness. As fans will remember, Eric, who's now 44, was actually the founder of No Doubt, and left only after convincing his kid sister Gwen to join, and recording the successful Tragic Kingdom. Interestingly enough, he split with the group to work on a different kind of art — becoming an animator for "The Simpsons."
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The vintage video is even more telling about Gwen's future fame. Recorded in 1991, it shows an innocent-looking, fresh-faced twentysomething in what appears to be a schoolgirl uniform working on a costume for a No Doubt performance. Who knew she would be climbing the catwalk during concerts in only a matter of years? Gwen also proudly points out the No Doubt logo designed by her big bro, and talks about the inspiration for the jailhouse-inspired outfit she's making. When someone asks her if she wants to become a star and tour the world, she doesn't hesitate before answering yes. If only she'd known what was in store! "i remember this girl - still the same voice a little deeper hair a little lighter! gx" Gwen wrote.
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Of course, the biggest news is that Gwen tweeted! The "Hollaback Girl" and her bandmates launched Twitter accounts to mark a very special occasion. "After a few raucous party performances in the months preceding, No Doubt played its first official club gig at Fender's Ballroom in Long Beach, California on March 14, 1987," the group posted on its website. "The show, headlined by The Untouchables, found No Doubt playing second among a lineup of fourteen bands that night. Twenty-five years later, No Doubt are still making music together." In fact, the band behind hits like "Sunday Morning" and "Don't Speak" is currently on its first album since 2001's Rock Steady. No word yet on when it will be released. Will you be excited to hear the group's new songs?