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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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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 u don't post this u will be injured(u wont die) now you started reading this so don't stop. post this on at least 5 other songs in the next 14 3 minutes. when done press F6 and your lovers' name will appear on the screen.
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i suck because i speak my mind? you would miss that people should hold their opinions? you want everything to go one way with no dissenting voices? anyone who speaks different then you is to be silenced? you have the mindset of a willful child. your world would be plain, sterile and unimaginativ e if not for the likes of me and my kind.
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The cover for a boy named goo is so creepy!!!!!! !
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My Song! As My World Begins Again! As i spread the positive vibes and my uplifting Spirit! Love, Unity , Peace ,& Love! RESPECT LIFE & LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST! My N3W derection 2day
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❤️ it. Stupid comments tho...����
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Good music
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you suck alabastervil l i s 0
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alabastervil l i s 0
f you pandora you suck
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An accomplished Adult alternative rock and roll band with real staying power!
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It make you stop a thing what you are doing it just make you think about things that you never think about be for
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I it make you stop thinking about the things in the poss
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heathwhite72
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but won't die) in two days now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen with big letter this is so scary because it actually works
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@shonkfam4 your actually right, they are horrible!
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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 be injured(but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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alabastervil l i s 0
hey anderson, just wait , oh lord you did it, youll see. im sorry in advance
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Hoooooooribl e ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. However if you don't post this you will be injured (but won't die) in two days you now started reading this so don't stop post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes when you are done press f6 and your lovers name will appear.
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alabastervil l i s 0
what a disturbing thing to remember, and to mention. hope it was a positive experience
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Lost my virginity to this song. lol
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alabastervil l i s 0
you wont die? ha ha ha i wish you would though. no really
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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 be injured (you wont die) in two days. Now that you have started reading this don't stop. Post this on at least five other stations/son g s in the next 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary this actually works
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sandymcleod1 7
AWESOME BAND
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Two vey enthusiastic thumb up for the Goos
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Name is my all-time favorite song. John Rzeznik is just an amazing vocalist. I can't get over his voice. Love it!
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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 (Though some say you'll simply be injured). 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 lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
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This band really inspires me in any possible way, It bring me up when I'm depressed or sad or even worried and it left my spirits up even higher when I'm happy ☺ I love this band, its definitely a part of my life.
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Amour..XO
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chey.viena
Old time fav :D
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Great song....
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slide
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dizzy up the girl
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slide it down
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Love this song...+
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Don't tell them your name lol ����������
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meleahbrockl e h u r s t
Seriously learned how to play this song too good
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Ty... Reruns all become our history.
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Awesome song love it
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It doesnt work
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My favorite band at the moment...but that will probably change next week
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I dig it
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Awesome band !! You should check out the youtube channel HyenaWafflz its awesome.
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Yes.
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Heard a DJ in Richmond, VA say the name of the song Iris came from Johnny Rzeznik reading about county singer Iris Dement. Her name Iris stuck in Rzeznik's head, and he had this music written. So he called it Iris. Great song. Never saw the movie.
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Better days and iris are the best ♥
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nita914
Awesome in concert! Iris is my favorite!
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Wooooot wooot
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I saw them in concert in the early 2000's , very good. Very fitting band, between the grunge and pop of 2000, some like them, so do not. But it made sense at the time. Some very good tunes, even for now, and if played on the radio, they would be hits today.
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I love their music especially iris
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