"Cool" is a pop song written by American singer-songwriter Gwen
Stefani and Dallas Austin for Stefani's debut solo album Love. Angel.
Music. Baby. The song's musical style, and its production by Austin,
was heavily inspired by music from the 1980s, and its lyrics chronicle
a relationship in which two lovers have separated, but remain "cool"
with each other and good friends. It received praise from critics, and
parallels have been drawn by the media between the lyrical content of
"Cool" and the real-life relationship Stefani had with Tony Kanal, a
fellow group member of Stefani's in No Doubt. The song was released as
the fourth single in the summer of 2005, and although it failed to
match the chart success of its predecessor "Hollaback Girl", which
reached number one in several countries, "Cool" is considered to be a
worldwide hit as it reached number one in Canada, the top ten in
Australia, and the top twenty in the United Kingdom and the United
States, where it became Stefani's fifth top-twenty single.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
John Milton published Areopagitica, arguing for the right to free
speech and against publication censorship during the English Civil
The clipper Cutty Sark was launched at Dumbarton in Scotland.
The People's Republic of China was given China's permanent seat on the
United Nations Security Council.
Omar Rezaq and two others from the Abu Nidal terrorist group hijacked
EgyptAir Flight 648 over the Mediterranean Sea.
Rose Revolution: Eduard Shevardnadze resigned as President of Georgia
following weeks of mass protests over disputed election results.
Wikiquote of the day:
"As good almost kill a man as kill a good book. Who kills a man kills
a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book,
kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye."
-- John Milton in Areopagitica