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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

hotchildinth e c i t y 8 2
Takes me back...
Say IPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on five other songs
Look under your pillow
jilly_single t o n
Iris Reminds Of Larry Stylinson Because Louis And Harry Are So Cute Together
I love their song Iris with all my heart
my mom is alive and i'm 31.
My mom n me listened to this when she was alive my everything
This song brings back so many memories:/
I loved this song I feel liked my ex is playing this for me .I know he's my soulmate just had to wait for god to say its time .ilu
Come to me
amazing band. all songs are great but irisi is where its at
Slide! It's the best ride...
Scars are souvenirs. You never lose, the past is never far...
For God so loved the world he gave his one and only son so that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life
chrishwish19 9 9 9
Love u guys!!! Went to your concert last summer and it was awesome! Keep it up!
¡DAEGU x Sáenzㅠbcdszㄋ
this band has slowly become one of my favorite bands.
notarthomas. a
Say iPhone 5 times pick a color repost under 5 other songs and look under your pillow
I like dis song when SWS sings it...
luckyheartz7 7
Get lost in the music even still and I <3<3<3 the cover Goo
This song transcends all the great production and turns gritterly real a true masterpiece bravo
Kiss your hand say your crushes name post this on two other stations look at your hand
There's nothing we could do about the things we have to do with out,the only way is to let love in :-) :-) :-) simply beautiful ..
This song never gets old!!!
luckyheartz7 7
Seeing them in concert and admission price is a can of food to help people. <3<3<3 this group
kimberly_ann a l i e c e
More like the doo doo dolls
They definitely were popular because on 90s alternative radio I got them twice in like 6 songs.
Same her, read my bio
dlopez412
Back when songs had meaning and touched your heart....Mis s that!!
Lol,oh some of these comments,ok I got one...think real hard about your life,count to 7 then repent that your a sinner and need Christ in your life then believe in your mind that he died for your sins and confess with your mouth he is God and you will be saved!.... Good song
Sooner or later it's over, I just don't want to miss you tonight....
kimberly_ann a l i e c e
This Is Called The Eye Test! Look For The LOWER Case ‘L’ And You Will Be Kissed Tomorrow:LLL L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L LLLLLLLLLLLL L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L l L L L LLLLLLLLLLLL L L L L L L L L L L L L L L . N o w Look For The Q And Your Wish Will Come True! OOOOOOOOOOOO O O O O Q O O O O O O O OOOOOOOOOOOO O O O . Now Look For The ‘N’ This Is Really Hard! MMMMMMMMMMMM M M M M M M M M MNMMMMMMMMMM M M M M M M M M M MMMMMMMMMMMM M M M M . N o w F i n d The Mistake:ABCD E F G H I J K L N M O P Q R S T V W X Y Z Now Wish For Something You Really Want After The Countdown! 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Say iPhone 5 times
Say the color
Repost 5 times
Look under your pillow
Sympathy and slide are the best ones.
Say Ariana grande clap five times put this on two other songs then check your voice
Idiotic name but great songs
This song reminds me of the guitar angel for I miss her much she killed herself and I f**king miss her
Say iphone 5 times pick a color post on 5 other songs look under pillow
BEST BAND EVER
calizaggirl2 9
Saw them with daughtry last week in Charleston. Wow! They are one of those bands that sound even better live. I cried like a girl at a one direction concert. It was amazing and then when i thought it couldn't get better my boyfriend proposed to come to me. They were amazing!
That Daughtry concert in New Braunfels was awesome! The Goo Goo Dolls kinda sucked tho.. They werent terrible, but for a headlining band, coulda been better.
Kiss your hand Say your crushes name Say your name Say a day Close your hand Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out that day
luckyheartz7 7
Love this song<3.
Say iPhone 5 times pick a color post this 5 times on 5 songs look under your pillow
Say iPhone 5 times pick a color post this 5 times on 5 songs look under your pillow
Say IPhone 5 times pick a color post this 5 times on 5 songs look under your pillow
bambibear64
I'm here for u 2 babe. TG for 4 Iphones!!
I feel like i should have been a teen in the 90's to appreciate this music, born in 93' wishing i was born earlier...th i s is more my music! :)
I love this song so much!
I love the goo goo dolls <3
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