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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
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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: 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

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

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: Home (Radio Single)

1. Home

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Track List: Rebel Beat (Single)

1. Rebel Beat

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Track List: Stay With You (Radio Single)

1. Stay With You

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Call me a sinner....
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DONT READ THIS! YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you've been reading this don't stop. If you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other song in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen. It's freaky cause it actually works.
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Love at first sight! Or is it first sound?
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I heart u
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Go Denver Broncos
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so lovely, it makes my spirit,soar, l o v e it.....
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So what inspired you to write your songs��
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Like you're songs
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I just don't want to go home right now....
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Profile is not mine its my Mommy's ok
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never could believe
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jenniferlynn g r e s h a m
Awesome
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Love the goo
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Iris bleeds my soul..
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I'd like to cover name with my band
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Heee
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Iris is great
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cailynk3645
I luv iris by goo goo dolls, it's the best!
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I am listening to iris right now


Such a sad song
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melissarez
I will always love the Goos!
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Congrats on the site and song
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People like smiley518518 should be banned from posting..... . . t h i s is no place for crap like this.......
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I just reported like 5 chain letter posts. You can do that, you know. :-). I'm from Buffalo. Yes, I saw them at the Continental, when they were a Replacements clone. Horrifically stupid band name, btw.
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You know "slide" is about abortion
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Love my goo goo dolls.
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F*
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I have been listening to this song for almost 4 years and still have not asked... Who is Iris :-I
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amazing song
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Know of person faking sneeze in front of priest so priest can tell said person : God bless you - lol
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canchita0204
Iris is my all time favorite song. It brings such intense emotion that I cannot explain why.
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angie011974
Thank you Goo Goo Dolls for giving me amazing memories!
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Love this band
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❤❤❤❤❤
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msnyder202
to cry over
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Love this band!!
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N.Y. In the house. .
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Such better music than today's. Too bad not many people my age know these guys...
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These guys are from my hometown
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Very relatable lyrics. Absolutely love it
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Goo goo good
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Love this song
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Amazing�� ����
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This song makes me vom
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guess what apparently this works if you stop posting retarded chain mail you won't get reported :D
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Christopher Mary
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"Broadway's dark tonight..you n g man sitting at an old man's bar waiting for his turn to die"..pure Genious
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moleculematt
Iris and Name are my favorite songs. Love the goo goo dolls
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The feels...
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