Category:Songs written by Tony Kanal
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The following 67 pages are in this category, out of 67 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 67 pages are in this category, out of 67 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Hey Baby (No Doubt song) – Hey Baby is a song written by Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, and Bounty Killer for American rock band No Doubts fifth studio album, Rock Steady. The song is influenced by the Jamaican dancehall music present at No Doubts post-show parties. Its lyrics describe the debauchery with groupies at these parties, the song received positive reviews from music critics, although its dancehall influences had a mixed reception. It was released as the lead single in January 2002. The single was successful and peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. At the 45th Grammy Awards, it won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, Hey Baby was one of the first songs written for Rock Steady. The song begins with instrumentals programmed with producer Philip Steir at Toast Studios in San Francisco and they experimented with ray gun-like electronic effects and sounds that guitarist Tom Dumont compared to Star Wars music. Notably, the intro is reminiscent of the beginning of the song Jungle Love by the Steve Miller Band, the lyrics and melodies were recorded at a session at Dumonts home studio in Los Angeles weeks later. While the band was working on the album in Kingston, Jamaica during March 2001, producers Sly & Robbie left the percussion, the band asked about adding a guest appearance on the song, so Sly & Robbie recommended and added a toast from Bounty Killer. Like the songs style, the lyrics depict the bands post-show parties from touring in support of Return of Saturn. The song details female groupies who attended the parties to hook up with the band members. Stefani commented that if youre talented and youre up there, girls want to make out with you, bassist Tony Kanal described it as a very PG version of the licentiousness that took place while touring. Hey Baby is a song composed in the key of E minor. It is written in time and moves at a moderate tempo of 90 beats per minute. The song focuses on programming and lacks live instrumentation, as a result, the band needed four keyboard rigs to recreate the tracks sound for live performances, including a Roland AX-1 and an E-mu Proteus 2000. Stefanis vocal range spans two octaves in the song, from D3 to E5. The song opens with an introduction consisting of a measure of electronic effects followed by two lines from the chorus. During the second half of the verses, Stefanis vocals are overdubbed, each of the two verses is followed by the chorus, where overdubbing is used on Stefanis vocals to produce first inversion and normal form E minor chords
2. 4 in the Morning – 4 in the Morning is a song by American singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani from her second studio album The Sweet Escape. It was written by Stefani and co-written and produced by Tony Kanal, interscope Records serviced the song to US mainstream radio on May 8,2007, as the albums third single, elsewhere it was released in June 2007. Described as one of her songs on the album, Stefani began writing the song while pregnant and finished with Kanal, having Roberta Flack. Lyrically, the talks about a relationship on the edge. The song received positive reviews from music critics, who noted it as an improvement over her last singles, while praising its tempo. The song was performed during The Sweet Escape Tour and in some concerts Stefani made during 2015, Stefani began working with No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal for her second solo album just after finishing the Harajuku Lovers Tour in late-2005, referring to him as her comfort zone. They two wrote 4 in the Morning based on a tape of melodies left from working on Stefanis debut album Love. It was one of the last songs recorded for the album, the song was serviced to US mainstream radio on May 8,2007 as the albums third single. Its CD single, containing the version, two remixes and its music video, was released elsewhere from June 22,2007. 4 in the Morning was written by Stefani and Kanal, who was responsible for its production. 4 in the Morning has a beat, which according to some critics is perfect for a slow dance. Stefanis vocals throughout the chorus presents a fast-talking approach. Lyrically,4 in the Morning talks about transparency in a romantic relationship, with the protagonist pleading for a lover to make up his mind. Bill Lamb of About. com added that the song deals with a relationship on the edge. In the chorus, she sings, I give you everything that I am/Im handing over everything that Ive got/cause I wanna have a true love. 4 in the Morning was generally received by contemporary pop music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic called it sensual, noting that those celebrations of cool synths. Gary Graff of the publication wrote that Stefanis Madonna reverence remains intact on the song
3. Crash (Gwen Stefani song) – Crash is a song by American singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani from her debut solo studio album, Love. Written by Stefani and No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal, the song uses automobile metaphors to describe a relationship, not originally planned as a single, the song was released as the albums sixth and final single on January 24,2006 during Stefanis pregnancy. Stefani had been working on her project with Linda Perry. The two penned several songs, including lead single What You Waiting For, but Stefani found the process difficult, commenting, Its humiliating and intimidating even if theyre sweet and excited, because youre drowning in their creativity. When the two working on a song about a deceased friend of Stefanis, Perry began writing the lyrics and Stefani, feeling that Perry was encroaching on her territory, broke down. Stefanis No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal invited her to his house so that the two could go out with friends, when she arrived, however, Kanal surprised her by playing some tracks on which he had been working and revealed that he had prepared some for Stefani. Crash received mixed reviews from critics, in a review for The New York Times, Kelefa Sanneh noted that the track successfully conjure up the infectious spirit of early Madonna. David Browne of Entertainment Weekly called the song a retro fashion blurb on which Stefani appears as an old-school. Krissi Murison of the NME disagreed, calling it one of the best bits of the decade of decadence and referring to it as Salt-N-Pepas cartoon rap. Jason Shawhan of About. com stated that the songs great Narada Michael Walden bleepy synth noises pop out of the mix like the car stereo just decided to sing along, music commented that the track had icy-cool schoolyard sass. Eric Greenwood of Drawer B argued that the track carelessly revisits Stefanis blatant fondness for 80s pop, the Washington Post reviewer Sean Daly compared it to Salt-n-Pepas 1987 single Push It and added that Stefani pushes it real good. Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine gave the song a review, stating that it features some near-fatal car metaphors. Crash had originally not been planned as a single release from Love. In late 2005 Stefani announced that she was pregnant and would be delaying her second album. The song impacted US contemporary hit radio and rhythmic radio stations in the US on January 24,2006. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on February 11,2006 at number 95 and it reached number 45 for two weeks and remained on the chart for a total of eight weeks. Crash was the single from Love. Baby. that did not receive a CD single solicitation in Canada, in addition, due to Stefanis pregnancy, a live music video was released instead of a narrative video
4. The Sweet Escape – The Sweet Escape is the second studio album by American singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani, released on December 1,2006 by Interscope Records. Having originally intended to return to No Doubt after her solo album. Stefani decided to record an album as a way to release some of the material left over from the Love. The album musically resembles its predecessor while exploring more modern pop sounds and it was released to generally mixed reviews from contemporary music critics, receiving criticism for its strong similarities to Love. It was preceded by the lead single Wind It Up, which charted moderately across the world, and produced the follow-up single The Sweet Escape, which proved more successful worldwide. The Sweet Escape reached the top five in the United States, Canada, the albums supporting tour, The Sweet Escape Tour, kicked off in April 2007, covering North America, Colombia, Australia, Asia, and Europe. Following the release of her debut album Love, Stefani announced that she had intended to return to No Doubt and record a sixth studio album with the band. After the commercial success of L. A. M. B and she decided to release several leftover tracks from the album as an EP or as extra tracks on a DVD. However, Pharrell Williams, with whom she had collaborated to write Hollaback Girl, part two, and the two recorded several songs during sessions in Miami in July 2005. A. M. B. She included performances of Wind It Up and Orange County Girl when she embarked on the Harajuku Lovers Tour in October 2005, Stefani put the project on hold in December 2005 when she discovered that she was pregnant, before returning to the studio in August 2006. The albums working title was Candyland, sharing its name with a track that has only been looped via her fashion show soundtrack. The title was changed to The Sweet Escape, the title of the second track, the album cover was taken by photographer Jill Greenberg. The image was part of a series of images taken by Greenberg. To create End Times, Greenberg gave lollipops to toddlers but took them back after several moments, Greenberg used the images as a representation of American politics and society. Greenberg was accused of abuse for the photo shoots, Stefani, however, commented, I didnt think child abuse—I just thought. Every kid cries Other people reacted like, Oh my God, Thats so disturbing, or Thats so sad. I guess thats what arts all about and its supposed to make you think. Stefanis appearance on the cover is inspired by that of Elvira Hancock
5. Luxurious – Luxurious is a song by American singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani from her debut solo studio album, Love. Written by Stefani and Tony Kanal, the contains a sample of The Isley Brothers 1983 song Between the Sheets. In addition to the Isley Brothers sample, the features use of keyboards, synthesizers. Luxurious is a contemporary R&B ballad whose lyrics describe the desire to be rich in love. The song also features Stefanis then-husband Gavin Rossdale who opens the song in French, the song was released as the albums fifth single in October 2005 along with a remix featuring rapper Slim Thug. A music video was released which featured Slim Thug, as well as the Harajuku Girls. The track received mixed reviews critics, who generally found it less impressive than the previous singles. It charted within the top 40 in several countries, but had mediocre success overall and was less popular than the singles from Love. Stefani had a breakdown from difficulties collaborating with many other artists and songwriters. Kanal had been working on a track, which later became Crash, however, the two were unable to write anything following that, because they had differing ideas of how the music should sound. Stefani commented that it was just frustrating and embarrassing to sit there, six months later, the two returned to work and came up with the beginnings of a song while working in Kanals bedroom. The two experimented with combining various melodies and including what Stefani referred to as this really kinda fast rappy part and this was the last song she and Kanal wrote together for the album. After Stefani and Kanal finished writing Luxurious, they visited record producer Nellee Hooper, who suggested a sample of The Isley Brothers 1983 song Between the Sheets. The song had previously been sampled in songs such as Da Brats Funkdafied, Jim Jones Summer wit Miami, The Notorious B. I. G. s Big Poppa. Stefani was reluctant to use the sample because it would mean losing some of the rights to the song. Nevertheless, she decided to use it because it sounded so amazing, Luxurious is an R&B ballad, whose instrumentation consists of keyboards and synthesizers. It is written in time in the key of A minor. The song uses a descending chord progression
6. Tony Kanal – Tony Ashwin Kanal is a British-American musician, record producer and songwriter. Kanal is the bassist for the American rock band No Doubt and his musical work outside of the band includes producing and songwriting with artists such as reggae singer Elan Atias and No Doubt bandmate Gwen Stefani, among others. Kanals father Gulab and his mother Lajwanti Lajju are from India and are Hindus and his parents emigrated from India to London, England, where Kanal was born. While most of his years were spent in London, Kanal and his family also spent brief periods living in Toronto, Canada. At age eleven, he was taken by his once again to the United States. There, his parents opened a store named Kanals Gifts and Fashion, Kanals father suggested that Kanal learn to play the saxophone since it was the formers favorite instrument, so he bought one for Kanal. Kanal later learned how to play the bass from his schoolmate Dave Carpenter, after seeing one of third wave ska band No Doubts early shows, he joined the band as its bassist. Kanal enrolled at California State University, Fullerton to major in psychology, in October 1991, No Doubt began recording with producer Dito Godwin. When Interscope Records began turning songs down, No Doubt did it on their own, over two years they recorded ten songs and released it independently. When No Doubt went on hiatus, Kanal began a career behind the mixing console, in 2004, Kanal produced three songs for the soundtrack to 50 First Dates. Also in 2004, Kanal produced and co-wrote three tracks on Gwen Stefanis first solo album Love, Kanal then produced Elan Atiass debut album, Together as One, which was released in June 2006. Kanal again worked with Gwen Stefani for her solo album The Sweet Escape. He has created several remixes, including ones of Stefanis Hollaback Girl, Kanal produced the song Rent for the ska punk band Peppers 2006 album No Shame. In 2008, he collaborated on two songs titled Sober and Funhouse with Pink for her album Funhouse and also sang back-up on Crystal Ball, in late 2009, Kanal co-wrote and played bass for a song of former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatts debut solo album. Kanal also contributed on track seven of Weezers 2010 album Hurley and he received co-writing credit for the song Smart Girls. In 2010, Kanal co-wrote, produced, and performed bass on the track Kiss You Up, recorded by Barbadian artist Shontelle for her second album, No Gravity. With Stefani promoting her solo album, No Doubt began initial work on a new album without her. In March 2008, the band started making posts concerning the progression of the album on their official fan forum