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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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meleahbrockl e h u r s t
Seriously learned how to play this song too good
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Ty... Reruns all become our history.
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Awesome song love it
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It doesnt work
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My favorite band at the moment...but that will probably change next week
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I dig it
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Awesome band !! You should check out the youtube channel HyenaWafflz its awesome.
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I'm voting for hillary clinton in november, that's when the voting starts
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Yes.
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Say iPhone 5 times. Pick a color. Post this on 5 other songs. Look under your pillow.
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Heard a DJ in Richmond, VA say the name of the song Iris came from Johnny Rzeznik reading about county singer Iris Dement. Her name Iris stuck in Rzeznik's head, and he had this music written. So he called it Iris. Great song. Never saw the movie.
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1. kiss the back of your 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 different songs and your crush will ask you out on the day you pucked
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Better days and iris are the best ♥
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nita914
Awesome in concert! Iris is my favorite!
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Wooooot wooot
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I saw them in concert in the early 2000's , very good. Very fitting band, between the grunge and pop of 2000, some like them, so do not. But it made sense at the time. Some very good tunes, even for now, and if played on the radio, they would be hits today.
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I love their music especially iris
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alabastervil l i s 0
i like to look at women when they cry
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They have good songs
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Did john get a nose job?!?!?!
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Noooo, look under your pillow... And just stop to listen to the music!
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Say iPhone 5 times. Pick a color. Post this on 5 other songs. Look under your pillow.
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Love them always...Lov e Here is Gone
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Love the Goo Goo Dolls my favorite song is slide ♥
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god this station plays the same 10 songs
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I love u Rocky
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This band has so many good songs..I am a fan & would love to see them in concert..I'm in PA, but a Jersey girl @ Hart. A classy one..Snooky gave us a bad name!
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Really enjoy Goo Goo Dolls music
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I really like this
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This song is just great great I tell ya. IRIS
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Iris
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Fri by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this on at least 5 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that your reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 min and when your done type f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so scary because it actually works.
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I like the song iris
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Iris-I don't want the world to see me 'cuz I don't think that they'd understand when everything's made to be broken I just want you to know who I am
And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming or the moment of truth in your lies when everything feels like the movies, yeah you'd bleed just to know your alive
~my life~
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Sws did better on song ( iris )
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Stop with the spam comments, thank you.
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Why do people post this crap (see below) on here????? :-/
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Say your name 10times
Say your name 5times
Say your crushes name 3times
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I don't want the world to see me because I don't think that they'd understand when everything's made to be broken I just want you to know who I am. So true if you've ever had a crush
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One Hit Wonder....in my book. Great song though.....
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Love the Goo Goo Dolls ...
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They couldn't have made a more masculine name?
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I love this song so much that I love the goo goo dolls too much now it came from the movie city of angels
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I remember hearing sleeping with sirens sing this. And this bring back so much memories of me being an obsessive fangirl. Iris will always be my top song.
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Dont read this because it actualy works . you will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life however if you dont post this you wil die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so dont stop. This is so scary put this in 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come out on the screen in big letters
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Love the songs iris and come to me
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My favorite song is "Iris".

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