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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 -- 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, then turned their attention to recording a new album. The resulting Magnetic was released in June of 2013, preceded by the single "Rebel Beat." Magnetic peaked at eight on the Billboard charts. Following its release, drummer Mike Malinin departed the band; Rzeznik and Takac chose not to replace him. The pair released Boxes, their first album as a duo, in May 2016; it was preceded by the single "So Alive." ~ Steve Huey & Andrew Leahey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Magnetic

1. Rebel Beat

2. When The World Breaks Your Heart

3. Slow It Down

4. Caught In The Storm

5. Come To Me

6. Bringing On The Light

7. More Of You

8. Bulletproofangel

9. Last Hot Night

10. Happiest Of Days

11. Keep The Car Running

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Track List: Something For The Rest Of Us

1. Sweetest Lie

2. As I Am

3. Home

4. Notbroken

5. One Night

6. Nothing Is Real

7. Now I Hear

8. Still Your Song

9. Something For The Rest Of Us

10. Say You're Free

11. Hey Ya

12. Soldier

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Track List: Greatest Hits Volume Two Cd/Dvd

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Track List: Let Love In

1. Stay With You

2. Let Love In

3. Feel The Silence

4. Better Days

5. Without You Here

6. Listen

7. Give A Little Bit

8. Can't Let You Go

9. We'll Be Here (When You're Gone)

10. Strange Love

11. Become

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Track List: Live In Buffalo July 4th, 2004

Disc 1

1. Give A Little Bit (Studio Version)

2. Big Machine (Live)

3. Naked (Live)

4. Slide (Live)

5. Think About Me (Live)

6. Smash (Live)

7. Tucked Away (Live)

8. Black Balloon (Live)

9. Dizzy (Live)

10. Name (Live)

11. Cuz You're Gone (Live)

12. Sympathy (Live)

13. January Friend (Live)

14. Here Is Gone (Live)

15. What A Scene (Live)

16. Acoustic #3 (Live)

17. Two Days In February (Live)

18. Broadway (Live)

19. Iris (Live)

20. Give A Little Bit (Live)

Disc 2
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Track List: Gutterflower

1. Big Machine

2. Think About Me

3. Here Is Gone

4. You Never Know

5. What A Scene

6. Up, Up, Up

7. It's Over

8. Sympathy

9. What Do You Need?

10. Smash

11. Tucked Away

12. Truth Is A Whisper

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Track List: What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce

1. Bullet Proof

2. All Eyes On Me

3. Amigone

4. Acoustic #3

5. Naked

6. Ain't That Unusual

7. Burnin' Up

8. Flat Top

9. Eyes Wide Open

10. Fallin' Down

11. Another Second Time Around

12. Cuz You're Gone

13. We Are The Normal

14. Girl Right Next To Me

15. Lucky Star

16. On The Lie

17. Just The Way You Are

18. Two Days In February

19. Laughing

20. There You Are

21. Up Yours

22. I'm Addicted

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Track List: Dizzy Up The Girl

1. Dizzy

2. Slide

3. Broadway

4. January Friend

5. Black Balloon

6. Bullet Proof

7. Amigone

8. All Eyes On Me

9. Full Forever

10. Acoustic #3

11. Iris

12. Extra Pale

13. Hate This Place

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Track List: A Boy Named Goo

1. Long Way Down

2. Burnin' Up

3. Naked

4. Flat Top

5. Impersonality

6. Name

7. Only One

8. Somethin' Bad

9. Ain't That Unusual

10. So Long

11. Eyes Wide Open

12. Disconnected

13. Slave Girl

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Track List: Superstar Car Wash

1. Fallin' Down

2. Lucky Star

3. Cuz You're Gone

4. Don't Worry

5. Girl Right Next To Me

6. Domino

7. We Are The Normal

8. String Of Lies

9. Another Second Time Around

10. Stop The World

11. Already There

12. On The Lie

13. Close Your Eyes

14. So Far Away

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Track List: Hold Me Up

1. Laughing

2. Just The Way You Are

3. So Outta Line

4. There You Are

5. You Know What I Mean

6. Out Of The Red

7. Never Take The Place Of Your Man

8. Hey

9. On Your Side

10. 22 Seconds

11. Kevin's Song

12. Know My Name

13. Million Miles Away

14. Two Days In February

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Track List: Before It's Too Late (Radio Single)

1. Before It's Too Late

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Track List: Boxes

1. Over And Over

2. Souls In The Machine

3. Flood (Feat. Sydney Sierota)

4. The Pin

5. Boxes

6. Free Of Me

7. Reverse

8. Lucky One

9. So Alive

10. Prayer In My Pocket

11. Long Way Home

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Track List: Home (Radio Single)

1. Home

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Track List: Over And Over (Single)

1. Over And Over

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Track List: Rebel Beat (Single)

1. Rebel Beat

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Track List: So Alive (Single)

9. So Alive

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Track List: Stay With You (Radio Single)

1. Stay With You

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life is more than who we are

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Great song
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The goo goo dolls,where are they now?...
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Pretty sure you don't get this shot anyways you guys were his inspiration especially since he opened vie you guys in Tucson and he married a horrible b**ch named Katie France
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Hi Goo GooDolls... Mybrother opened up for you guys Like 15 us ago O


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Nooooo you guys are up therebeyond pearl jam. And I'm only saying that beCAUSE I grew up with you guys and agent orange my brother opened for you guys andRun DZMc.his band was open season... Whatever...I was an orchestraner d grew up later as a motorcmotorc y c l e d whatever,,, my brother was so inspired by you guyd











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I wont tell , but I Know
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They still seem busy, that's cool
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They had a lot more than just two great songs I do not have enough time to name them all! Love their music!
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best somg
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How do you get to see the lyrics? Haven't been on here in awile.
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Hi
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Let.....LOVE . . . . . . I N . . . . . . X X X X OOOOO
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Looking back on the career of this band, the only two songs I like from them are NAME and SLIDE
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Why does Iris and Name make me so emotional and i start to cry, idk whats up with those songs but darn they're so dang amazing 90s bands are so much better than today's
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This is amazing ����
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I'm looking fior the band called fuse
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I've like maroon 5
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I like come to me
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One of Buffalo, NY's best. You guys make us proud.
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Love this song!!
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The song of course cause idk anyone's name is iris it's possible but most likely just a nickname at most... anyways I rambled.... the song iris by the goo goo dolls is amazing =)
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Iris is amazing!!!��
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This song is a classic
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bwellsandt
Saw them at Miller Park in Milwaukee last summer wow they put on a great show would go see them again for sure!!!!!
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Iris!!!!!!
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Very good song.
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I like there new song
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Bryan Wilkes thats who this song reminds me of ( lil B)
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Didn't they make the song so alive
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F**k you, this music is real, it takes me back to highschool, and that isn't good because that was the first girl i loved, and you know it didn't last. lol
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Music is asom
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You all are crasy
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Its the truth i love this song
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Best song ever
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No words can do justice to how amazing the Goo Goo Dolls are. No words.

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iwe will never be broken I won't be broken and I'm not going to fade away mimi
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Bet your sis misses U the mostest
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Love Love Love the Goo Goo Dolls
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I think I want to slide tonight!
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Seen you at live on Daryl's House seen you on front and center love it love you guys great lyrics
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Now we're talking....
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Lve dem!!!!!����
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JoJo , another site where any BUT us is talking about the Song! Good Call!
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Holy Cow I was wondering what happened to one of my Favorite bands! Glad to hear you are back!
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