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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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Comments

Tynesr hay Harrington
Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls is my favorite song ever and I get freaked out the first note of it that plays because you can tell EXACTLY what song it is! If you love this song as much as I do, I will give you a Pandora fist-bump and invisible, free pancakes.
Really good song good lyrics :)
delaneystras h
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you do not post this comment on three songs you will die in two days. You're still reading this, so don't stop. It's scary.
So I made a 90s pop station. I was thinking.. Gonna e goo goo dolls or matchbox twenty first. Bam. Goo goo dolls it is. Maybe matchbox twenty is next.
1 kiss your left hand
2 Say your crush's name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
6 post this on 15 more songs and on the day you picked your crush will ask you out no joke
Great band to see live. All of their music is the soundtrack of my life. Takes me back to the good days of the 90's. Good Times!!!!
Follow me and I will follow you back promise
love this song a lot
F**k you, Cathy.
F**k you, Cathy.
cathy9229
U suck
1.kiss your left hand
2. Say your crushes name
3. Close your hand
4. Say a weekday
5. Say your name
6 post tho on 15 other songs and your crush will tell you he likes you and will ask you out on the day you said.
Oh yeah goo is good!
Bobonit is the best. Gogo bobo Gogo bobo!! Keep it going everyone
laoxendine
LOVE the goo goo dolls! They never get the respect and credit as awesome artists that they deserve. Always been a fan. Love them always.
1 kiss your 2 say your crushes name 3 say day 4 say your name 5 close your hand 6 post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out.
1 kiss your hand 2 say your crushes name 3 say a day 4 say your name 5 close your hand 6 post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out
Kiss your left hand say your crushes name say your name pick a school day post this 15 times
City of angels, Great movie, great song
I WANT JUSTIN BIEBER TO FALL OF A CLIFF AND DIE REPOST ON 5 SONGS IF YOU AGREE
mac4567
Don't read this because it actually works. You
will be kissed by the love of your life on the
nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.
Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.
However if you don't post this you will die in 2
days. Now you've started reading so don't stop.
This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143
minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's
name will come on the screen in big letters.
This is so scary because it actually works
Wish i was a teen in the 90's.. or at least grew up with the goo goo dolls, matchbox twenty, lifehouse, especially third eye blind
Damn that kid who's on the boy named goo album reminds me of myself when I was a little kid lmao I know that has nothing to do with this thing but I just wanted to let you guys know that anyways I'm a big believer in don't ask don't tell not that I am a Homo or anything or have anything against them I just wanted to express my feelings toward the subject of the time so I can start with that there you go just wanted to let you guys know what I thought on the matter
I like this. Song
let love in is fantastic..i r i s is good
hgirlfletch9
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crush's name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
6 post this on 15 more songs and on the day you picked your crush will ask you out
jakeamycrew
This is NOT fake . If you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day ever of your life tomorrow . You will either get kissed or asked out . If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight . In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
OMG I haven't heard Iris, I used to love the song soooo much <3 there FEELS!!
jennicacroma r t y
Please don't read this please don't read this your parents will die in 5 years to break the spell repost this on 5 other songs so so sorry
Apparently if you put this on five songs the love of your life will kiss you on the nearest Friday and if you don't then will die on two days. This is so stupid but I'm doing t anyways.
I have soooo fallen in love with the goo goo dolls music. Music lover Pam Gooch
delmardpray
this band rocks
mmg61674
Kiss your hand post on tow ohter songs
I <3 John!!
OMG I love Iris so much
ugh. iris is to wonderful for words. it makes me just...just. . . . . o v e r f l o w with emotinssss.. . . . . . . . U G H ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Kiss ur left hand
Say ur crushes name
Close ur hand
Pick a school day
Say ur name
Post this on 15 more songs and on the day you picked you will be asked out by your crush
I adore this band & this song is exsquisite & haunting gets right under my skin everytime & just lives there... Ahhh!!! <3 u Johnny!!!!!
Don't read this because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday, bynthe love of your life. Tomorro w will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this,you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will come up to the screen .This is so scary because it works.
Don't read this because it acually works. You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post it this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it work idk
Another one of Dakota and me songs:( I miss him soo much
Ahhhh this song <3
Love's it
Kiss your left hand and say your crushes name. Close your hand and say your name. Open your hand. Post this on fifteen songs and your crush will ask you out.
Too predictable/ c o m m e r c i a l sounding. Next...
This song omg no words can express how much I love this song. They sound so good live :,)
princesscoco a 4 7
creepy name and picture but luv their music keep it up
wellingtonch i n o
I have to admit Goo Goo Dolls sound good live.
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