Ooh, that was close! But the answer lies on the other side... literally. You hope he'll learn it if you try again but he just don't get it... 94. You Can't Teach an Ol' Dog New Tricks Average score: 5.822 Highest scores: 9 x 1 (@Sprockrooster), 8 x 2 (@bonnieetclyde, @yeRleDanaL) Lowest score: 2 x 1 (@DJHazey) My score: 5.25 High peak: #90 (9 voters, 11 voters) Low peak: #98 (5 voters) This is one of the songs I saw in the bottom 5, but it's definitely not surprising that it escaped that placement. It's also one of the songs the one where I though it highest score would be 8 at most and would mostly get scores ranging from 4 to 6, but Sprocky surprised me. Its trajectory was predictable and uneventful, just like the song itself, peeking just above the bottom 10 a few times. I wonder if it playing after "My Room Is Still Clean" actually did it justice and helped with the final placement here, but that's up to voters. Random fun fact: the dog drawing I used in this artwork is Eric's. "You Can't Teach an Ol' Dog New Tricks" is a previously unreleased song written by Eric Stefani that made its way onto the "Doghouse" single as its B-side sometime in late 1994. Very apt given the theme and I find that cute. Speaking of theme, the lyrics are based on a old saying/idiom, but are written in a literal sense. Early No Doubt-esque, one may say. Some sources mention that they performed the song in the early 90s under the title "Dog Chase", but there's only one known audio recording of a live performance of this song - an acoustic rendition from April 16th, 1994 at the University of Irvine. And it's even less integral than the actual song - basically what I imagine it sounded like in its demo form. This track is completely harmless, but also extremely inessential. I bet that Eric just dusted off this song in its old written form and they recorded it in their garage as a cute addition in order for it to match its A-side "Doghouse". One of the very few songs from their discography that doesn't really make a specific impression on me and I pretty much have nothing in particular to say about. Perhaps that's why it stands out? Anyways, staying true to my extraness, I will talk about it. In case you don't get scared by the barking in the very beginning, it can be heard that the song has some ragtime influences, and it makes sense that you can easily snap your fingers to it. I do like the general bounciness of the instrumental (especially the bassline), the chorus is nice (not gonna lie, one day I it stuck in my mind for some reason), and so is that little breakdown after they yell "party No Doubt!" , but the song in general is nothing special and I don't think Gwen's theatrical vocals in the middle-8 work at all. In addition, this song lacks a bit more energy compared to literally everything from their first two albums. B-side material for sure. And I find it amusing that they managed to fit a traditional verse-chorus-verse-chorus-middle-8/bridge-chorus structure in these two minutes. Though the song wishes to be amusing. It's actually in my lowest five scores I gave out here, but it seems like that's purely because the song is 'okay' and that doesn't really deserve a higher score when we're in a No Doubt rate. All in all, it got a perfect placement here. The commentary, or lack thereof, perfectly sums up the song's insignificance. Though I'm sure that the high scorer @Sprockrooster (9) will disagree with that. He says: "Definitely something that did not deserve to be paid dust like that. Not even worthy of the main album. Ignored for the b-sides and rarities collection Everything In Time. PopInjustice." I guess you'll repeat that word for its elimination. And the only other comment is from @berserkboi (4), who recalls the trauma of "My Room Is Still Clean" and compares it to that song, saying: "This is at least a little engaging!" That's true. Next up: We're switching a section once again - furthermore, the next song can also be linked to this one.