On September 28 Gwen Stefani released her debut single…

On September 28, 2004 Gwen Stefani released her debut single “What You Waiting For?”. The song was featured in her 2004 debut solo album, “Love.Angel.Music.Baby.” The song describes Gwen Stefani’s fear (in a tongue-and-cheek type of way) of releasing an album as a solo artist without “No Doubt,” her having writers block, not having any inspiration, as well as pressure by record execs to release a successful album. The song is known for having the line “Take a chance you stupid hoe,” which references Stefani’s lack of motivation and fear in releasing music as a solo artist.

“What You Waiting For” Gwen Stefani
Interscope Records

The song, as well as her debut album, is where Stefani introduces her widely seen Harajuku Girls (who have become pop culture stables themselves).

Gwen Stefani with the Harajuku Girls AP Photo

Gwen Stefani with the Harajuku Girls
AP Photo

The video is inspired by “Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland,” in which Stefani portrays many of the fairy tale’s titular characters. The video is often described as a “short film,” receiving positive reviews from critics and viewers alike. 

Still from the music video

Still from the music video “What You Waiting For?” by Gwen Stefani
Interscope Records

Still from the music video

Still from the music video “What You Waiting For?” by Gwen Stefani
Interscope Records

Still from the music video

Still from the music video “What You Waiting For?” by Gwen Stefani
Interscope Records

“What You Waiting For?” music video: 

Her debut single was reviewed positively and was deemed a success and subsequently topped the Billboard Dance Charts, as well as being nominate for “Best Pop Vocal Performance” at the 47th Grammy Awards.

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