While Anaheim is primarily known as the home of Disneyland, another big piece of the city’s pop culture legacy is the rock band No Doubt. The former Stefani house on Beacon Avenue in Anaheim plays a major role in the band’s history. After their formation, No Doubt regularly practiced in the garage of this house. When they finally found their breakthrough hit, “Just A Girl,” the house was seen in the music video (the neighbor’s house to the left could be seen as well), as Gwen Stefani sings in the driveway. The band even named their record label Beacon Street Records, as well as naming one of their albums “The Beacon Street Collection,” all in reference to their beginnings at this home. A shot of the band in the driveway can be seen on the back cover of the album.
LOCATION: 1173 W Beacon Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802
Tucked away in the Angelino Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, near Echo Park, you’ll find the house from arguably the most famous music video of all time; Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Just a couple doors down is the house from “Charmed” (also seen in “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo”) and across the street is the house from “Grandma’s Boy.”
LOCATION: 1345 Carroll Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Lost in the decay of one of the more derelict areas of downtown Los Angeles sits the the former Morrison Hotel. In it’s heyday, the hotel was a place for transients, with rooms available at discounted rates. While the band originally asked permission to photograph on the premises, management declined. In typical Doors fashion, however, the band snuck inside anyways, when the clerk left the front desk. The famous cover photo was taken, without permission, on December 17, 1969.
Today, the building sits abandoned and in disrepair. However, just behind the boarded up doors and windows exists some wonderful architecture and the interior to one of the most famous album photographs of all time, if only it could be seen. It’s really a shame, as well as a missed opportunity, that such an iconic pop culture spot has been left in this condition. The location just screams for a pop-up event to come along and restore the place to looking like it did in it’s prime. Someone in the record label’s marketing department isn’t doing their job… Nevertheless, it’s still a cool place to check out, if you know the history.
LOCATION: 1246 South Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90015