Pop beauty Gwen Stefani had one intention when she made her debut album LOVE ANGEL MUSIC BABY - to filter the favourite sounds of her childhood through contemporary producers like Dr Dre.

Stefani wanted to capture the essence of dancing to Madonna and DEPECHE MODE in the 1980s, and decided the best way to go about that would be to enlist the talents of pals like THE NEPTUNES' PHARRELL WILLIAMS and OUTKAST star ANDRE 3000.

She says, "I used to go dancing at Disneyland because there was a club in there and I lived across the street so I'd sneak in.

"I love all that music even though I couldn't admit it then. Imagine, like Madonna had just come out, no-one had ever seen her before. It was like, 'Who the f**k is that?'

"I wasn't into all that at the time - Madonna and Depeche Mode - but as I grew up I realised that all that music, the stuff that was popular at the time, was the backdrop of my life.

"So I wanted to take that music and make it into a modern record that made me feel good but make it with modern people from the clubs today like Dre and Andre 3000 and Pharrell."

24/03/2005 08:58