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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

I'd give up forever to touch you!!!
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS!!!!
I BELIEVE IVE HEARD THIS BEFORE. UNTIL THINGS GET ROUGH, YOU BAIL OUT!!!
my wife said i had to pick: Either her or my goo goo doll, i chose my goo goo doll because my goo goo doll would never give me a bullspit ultimatum and i can love my goo goo doll however i wan,t from the front or behind
@mcarfano411 I totally remember that!! Jon Stewart was on that night too. They sang "Name," but Johnny changed it to "I won't tell no one you're gay." lol
Had to be late 90s to early 2000s... Maybe 99?
From 32132 : The first time I heard the Goo Goo Dolls . was on The Howard Stern Show radio . when Jackie the jokeman was dressed as a sailor and they were dancing ! :-) name the song & The year ?
all time they get same on music they get friends ,even if its far,,
Say iphone five times
Pick a color
Post on two other songs
Look under your pillow
THE IMPOSSIBLE IS AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE PODSIBLE...O N L Y NEED TO "BELIEVE"YO CAN DO ANYTHING YEAH.....BIG G E R EXISTANCE,TH E NEXT step towards, Our beatifuluxg

..JUST LIFE
Hope you remember us at "Tim's Surf'n'turf" , W I C K E D PARTY IN THE BEATIFUL TROPICS NTH.AUST.Dar w i n . . . .
I cant wait to see you again tears to filled a ocean
I love this song! (':
What is up with all these stupid chain letters??? These never work. I've never seen a dead girl in my room, and I didn't die in two days like so many people posted. Ugh, I hate chain letters.
How are there so many incoherent comments on these boards?
Don't read this because it actually 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 this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
cpenzien6
Awesome, Talented and Gifted Musicians... From Traverse City, Michigan in Northern Michigan
Kiss your hand say your crushes name close your hand say your name and post this on 15 other songs your crush will ask you out that day
Love this f**king song
alex.lull
Why?
IPhone 5
Don't read this because it actually 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 this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
melphil74
Don't read this because it actually 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 this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
Kiss your hand 20 times and say your crush 5 times and post this on 2 other songs your you will be asked out or kissed tomorrow
Do not read this because it will actually work.you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life, however if you do not post this in two days.now that you have started reading this do not stop.this is so scary put this on about 5other songs in 143 minutes.when you are done press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen in big letters.this is so scary it actually works
?awesome
I love the goo goo dolls
Say iPhone five times
Pick a color
Post this on five other songs
Look under your pillow
sweetheartgr e e n e
Do they not show the lyrics anymore?
My daughter turned me on to these guys some years ago and they can really jam
Am I gay cuz I f**king love this band
maeflower024
Slide, sliding Crash lol!!! What u r is beautiful GGDolls <3
maeflower024
Nothing to say except <3 the Goo goo dolls
Don't read this because it actually works.you will be kisses on the nearest possible by the love of your life however if if you don't you will die in 2 days no you've started reading so don't stop this is scary put this in at lease 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen in big letters this is scary because it works
Kiss your hand 20 times and say your crush 5 times and post this on 2 other songs your you will be asked out or kissed tomorrow
Don't read this bc it actually works. U 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 u don't post this u will die in 2 days. Now you've stared to read this don't stop. This is so scary out this on least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press 6 and ur lovers name will appear in big letters. This so scary bc it works
eliseanne
this freaked me out. this is not fake. apparently if you copy and paste this on 10 comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. you will be 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.
Don't read this because it actually works.you will be kisses on the nearest possible by the love of your life however if if you don't you will die in 2 days no you've started reading so don't stop this is scary put this in at lease 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen in big letters this is scary because it works
crm32444
I remember this song from when I was young. I actually felt a connection with it opposed to any other song. Amazing really.
My God. God knows. what. you. Did GOD. Bless. YOU
This song ....
maeflower024
Slide, slide, sliding I hit the wall!!! No more sliding! No more w floors :)
maeflower024
You can tell them my name just me nobody :(
maeflower024
????????? Another Goo Goo Dolls love it!!!!!!!!
maeflower024
Love GGDolls!!!!! ! n c
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However, if you do not post his you will die in 2 days. Now, you have started reading you can't stop! This is so scary. Post this at least on five songs in the next 143 minutes. When you are done press f6 and you lovers name will come up on the screen. This is so scary because it works haha

kc558
Why can I not get any lyrics????? Pandora always used to them!!!!!!
pdlabbe97
Oh no Im on my phone there is no F6. Im gonna die D:
I'v already tried it, then what am i doing wrong I posted it on five songs and pressed F6 and nothing happened
no it doesn't
upinksparkle s
DO NOT READ THIS
because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of Ur life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading so don't stop this is so scary. Put this on 5 songs in 143 min. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters
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