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The Goo Goo Dolls

Early in their career, the Goo Goo Dolls were frequently dismissed by critics as mere imitators of the Replacements; however, they refined and mainstreamed their sound to become one of the most popular adult alternative rock bands of the 1990s, selling millions of records to audiences largely unfamiliar with their influences. That's no knock on the band, either -- the music simply improved in craft and accessibility as the years progressed, and radio happened to be receptive to a style that, one decade earlier, would have been considered collegiate power pop. Thus, the band landed two huge hits with the acoustic ballads "Name" and "Iris," followed by a string of Top Ten singles.

The Goo Goo Dolls formed in 1985 in Buffalo, New York. Guitarist/vocalist Johnny Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac, and drummer George Tutuska initially banded together under the name the Sex Maggots, and their new moniker was chosen from an ad in True Detective magazine at the behest of a local club owner. Originally a cover band with a taste for power pop and classic rock & roll, the group soon began writing original songs. Their early sound recalled the Replacements' origins as a bratty punk band: melodic, snotty, and a little bit thrashy. That sound was the reason the band attracted the interest of the heavy metal label Metal Blade, which issued their debut album in 1987 (known either as The Goo Goo Dolls or First Release). Released in 1989, the follow-up album Jed continued in a similar vein, and the band's college radio breakthrough came with 1990's Hold Me Up, a Replacements-ish power pop record.

Released in 1993, Superstar Car Wash was the Goo Goo Dolls' artistic breakthrough; though it did nothing to quell the Replacements comparisons, it was a finely crafted pop/rock record, and its lead single, "We Are the Normal," was even co-written by Replacements leader Paul Westerberg himself. Still, Superstar Car Wash wasn't the commercial force the band hoped it would be, especially in light of the success of similar bands like the Gin Blossoms. That all changed with 1995's A Boy Named Goo, when an L.A. rock station put the acoustic-driven ballad "Name" into heavy rotation. It was eventually released as a single and climbed into the Top Five later that year; platinum sales for the album followed close behind. Unfortunately, drummer Tutuska was no longer around to enjoy the band's success; prior to the album's release, he'd been sacked and replaced by Mike Malinin.

Dissatisfied with the royalty rates in their Metal Blade contract, the Goo Goo Dolls waged a legal battle that wound up allowing them to jump to parent company Warner Bros. Somewhat drained, Rzeznik and the band shook off a case of writer's block to contribute a new ballad, "Iris," to the soundtrack of the 1998 Nicolas Cage/Meg Ryan romance City of Angels. Appearing that April, the song became a monster smash, although it was never released as a single (so its official Top Ten pop chart status doesn't convey how popular it was). For a better indicator, "Iris" spent nearly a year on Billboard's airplay charts, including an astonishing 18 weeks at number one, and was nominated for three Grammys.

The band's next album, Dizzy Up the Girl, was released during the middle of "Iris"'s marathon airplay run and eventually sold over three million copies. Its clean, polished sound completed the Goo Goo Dolls' transformation into mainstream pop/rockers who happened to have alternative roots. Further hits from the record followed over the next year, including "Slide," "Dizzy," "Broadway," and the Grammy-nominated "Black Balloon." Although Dizzy Up the Girl quickly became the Goo Goo Dolls' highest-selling album ever, none of its singles appeared on the band's 2001's career retrospective, Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce, which focused on earlier material and B-sides instead.

The Goo Goo Dolls' audience shrank a bit during the 2000s, although the band still managed to go gold with its seventh studio album, 2002's Gutterflower. A concert recording, Live in Buffalo: July 4, 2004, appeared two years later and helped fans endure the long wait for the band's next studio effort, Let Love In, which didn't appear until 2006. It, too, went gold, as did three of its singles: "Better Days," "Stay with You," and a cover of Supertramp's "Give a Little Bit." A traditional greatest-hits album, Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: The Singles, was released in 2007, followed one year later by Vol. 2, which followed Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce's lead by compiling rarities, B-sides, cover songs, and live performances into one package.

Recording sessions for the band's ninth album began taking place in spring 2009 with producer Tim Palmer. Although a release date was scheduled for February 2010, the band headed back into the studio in January to make several last-minute changes to the album, with longtime producer Rob Cavallo -- who also worked on Dizzy Up the Girl and Gutterflower -- lending his help. Something for the Rest of Us was ultimately released that summer. The album debuted at seven on the Billboard 200 but generated no hit singles. The Goo Goo Dolls supported the album into 2011 and in 2012, they turned their attention to recording a new album. The resulting Magnetic was released in June of 2013, preceded by the single "Rebel Beat." ~ Steve Huey & Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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This music brings me back to highschool
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mykk917
Say Iphone 5 times pick a color look under your pillow
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dawncoley
Ha, I just had to try this, Turns out my lovers name is f6, wow, that is original.
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dawncoley
If you post this on the nearest Friday you will be kissed by the love of your life and tomorrow will be the best day of your life. If you don't post this tomorrow will be the worst day of your life. When you're done press f6 in the comments section and your lovers name will appear in big letters.
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You guys are awesome with this song this is one of my favorite songs keep it up
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Still rockin, 25 years later Goo Goo Dolls!
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I like this song ;)
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@bobbysoxx4e v e r
gay isn't an insult.
it either means happy or same gender marriage. don't be a jerk!
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Any song by GOOGOO DOLLS is just super emotional memorable and just awesome
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Iris is the most beautiful song ever!!! GO GOO GOO DOLLS
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gracynbriggs
On the nearest friday you will be kissed by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you dont post this you will die in two days. Post this on atleast 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters.
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I love Iris
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wurzgirl4
My all time favorite band, wish Johnny would write more about his youth. The emotions always result in amazing hits. On tour I wish they'd end a show with Robbie doing, I want you to want me by Cheaptrick. It would be incredible!
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I agree great song & they have many others!!! You go boys....Good music & good times!
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Nfnvhfgfgffg f h f g f h h h d h c h d h g e f h d f h h f h g h g h f h f f h f h f g f g h f h
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toddfriendsh u h
Ok
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I know you'll see perfection in many ways in just 10 sec i know it....lupe
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Look at the next mirror you see and thank God for the person in it because the person in the mirror is made in his image and l
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Sliding is my specialty ,i love you ant afraid to say or show it guys..
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Broadway is dark tonight...
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and I dont want the world to see me, cause I dont think that they'd unerstand
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Your the closet to heaven
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The Goo Goo Dolls have a lot of great songs!!!!
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I am in love with Iris, the song, that is.
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Good song
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j_elizabeth8 4 6 0 4
If you post this on the nearest Friday you will be kissed by the love of your life and tomorrow will be the best day of your life. If you don't post this tomorrow will be the worst day of your life. When you're done press f6 in the comments section and your lovers name will appear in big letters. This actually works.
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Butts f*rt��������
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Iris is tops !!
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I love the song
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I love this song. I love the movie too
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I love this song so much that I love the goo goo dolls too much now it came from the show 6 dreeges
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roehrek
I was at the show this is from! There was ankle deep water and it was POURING! I had just colored my hair that day and hadn't washed the dye out completely and had a cheaply made American flag bandana on and I had red, blue, and black dye running down my face. It W's the best show I've ever been to.
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Say IPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on two songs
Look under pillow
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Your awesome not none of those mean words your so cool ������
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alabastervil l i s 0
i suck because i speak my mind? you would miss that people should hold their opinions? you want everything to go one way with no dissenting voices? anyone who speaks different then you is to be silenced? you have the mindset of a willful child. your world would be plain, sterile and unimaginativ e if not for the likes of me and my kind.
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ngold24
The cover for a boy named goo is so creepy!!!!!! !
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My Song! As My World Begins Again! As i spread the positive vibes and my uplifting Spirit! Love, Unity , Peace ,& Love! RESPECT LIFE & LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST! My N3W derection 2day
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❤️ it. Stupid comments tho...����
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Good music
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you suck alabastervil l i s 0
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alabastervil l i s 0
f you pandora you suck
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An accomplished Adult alternative rock and roll band with real staying power!
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It make you stop a thing what you are doing it just make you think about things that you never think about be for
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I it make you stop thinking about the things in the poss
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@shonkfam4 your actually right, they are horrible!
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alabastervil l i s 0
hey anderson, just wait , oh lord you did it, youll see. im sorry in advance
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Hoooooooribl e ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. However if you don't post this you will be injured (but won't die) in two days you now started reading this so don't stop post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes when you are done press f6 and your lovers name will appear.
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alabastervil l i s 0
what a disturbing thing to remember, and to mention. hope it was a positive experience
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