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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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1 kiss your left hand
2 say you're crushes name
3 close you're hand
4 pick a school day
5 say ur name
6 post this on 15 different songs and the day you picked is the day your crush will ask you out
Just like the way they sound. Quite a lot, actually.
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Hey guys it's Friday!!!!! (⊙ω⊙)<--- yay face
You should apologize for your grammar. Just sayin'.
Goo Goo is garbage. Pandora should apologists for playing this on Hard Rock Radio. Shame on you
@lifeisfullo f m y s t e r i e s OK, I am not a Bieber fan. Really, I'm not. But can I just say: you have no regard for human life. That comment is what drives people to do drastic things, such as cutting or suicide. Have you watched the Amanda Todd video? This is exactly what starts that kind of horrible thing. I'm not trying to be a troll or make you look bad, but dude. Seriously? Grow up. Just because you don't like JB doesn't mean you have to leave comments like that. How would YOU feel if someone pos
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
I love the Goo Goo Dolls and have loved them ever since I was about 5 or 6 :)
I love this song and I'm only 14 but I've loved this song since I was 7
Put Westerberg and The Replacements in the similar artists.
One of the best adult contemporary bands of the 90s.
This freaked me out this isn't fake apparently if you copy and paste this on 10 different comments you will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
I Luv Disturbed prob one of fav bands!
Very good sounds luv it!
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
jasonbouvier 4 8
No one told Justin bieber to act like an a hole. Poor justin, all that fame and money......b o o boo. Try having a real hard life. As a matter of fact get the gel out of here with this sympathy crap for bieber
Ok. Also I agree with Kierra. Seriously do you guys have the balls to say it to Justin's face? I bet you don't so shut up.
Okay all you Justin Bieber haters. Just stop already. Walk a mile in his shoes and see how easy his life is
I find it hard to believe they used to be the sex maggots.
Somehow here is gone,I have no solution to the sound of this pollution in me.
WHY IS EVERYONE COMMENTING ABOUT THAT GIRL, BIEBER?
littlejones2 0 0 3
I don't like him, but still... you just don't say that to a person :/
That justin beiber thing is a bit over board dude... I'm not a fan of him but that's still pretty f**ked up
I like the sleeping with sirens version better
aaronms75
Saw them in concert last wknd. Great band!!
Kierra Keady must a true die hard Bieber fan! (Gross) HAHAHAHAHAHA
asheyboo92
Thumbs up! :)
Justin beaver likes diapers
Really?! Justin is a human being. Saying something like that is super rude and you probably didn't even mean it or are trying to get attention. Justin is an inspiration to million of people in the world and that is truly beautiful. Trying to degrade him is just plain idiotic. Sugar when you comment things like that at least think them through, would you really say that to his face?
Sorry if that came off as mean to you but somebody had to say it.
HOW DO YOU REPOST ON PANDORA
JUSTIN BIEBER SHOULD FALL OFF A BUILDING AND DIE REPOST IF YOU AGREE
Saw these guys in concert pretty awesome
i only like iris
Their songs are amazing
Was up anybody in tulsa ok
Wait they're guys? O.o WoW
Say iPhone 5 times
Say a color
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
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...
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