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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 -- 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, then turned their attention to recording a new album. The resulting Magnetic was released in June of 2013, preceded by the single "Rebel Beat." Magnetic peaked at eight on the Billboard charts. Following its release, drummer Mike Malinin departed the band; Rzeznik and Takac chose not to replace him. The pair released Boxes, their first album as a duo, in May 2016; it was preceded by the single "So Alive." ~ Steve Huey & Andrew Leahey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: You Should Be Happy EP

1. Tattered Edge / You Should Be Happy

2. Use Me

3. 30K Feet

4. Walk Away

5. Boxes (Alex Aldi Mix)

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Track List: Over And Over (RedOne And T.I. Jakke Remix) (Single)

1. Over And Over (RedOne And T.I. Jakke Remix)

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Track List: Boxes

1. Over And Over

2. Souls In The Machine

3. Flood (Feat. Sydney Sierota)

4. The Pin

5. Boxes

6. Free Of Me

7. Reverse

8. Lucky One

9. So Alive

10. Prayer In My Pocket

11. Long Way Home

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Track List: The Pin (Single)

1. The Pin

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Track List: So Alive (Single)

9. So Alive

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Track List: Over And Over (Single)

1. Over And Over

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Track List: Warner Sound Sessions

1. Rebel Beat

2. When The World Breaks Your Heart

3. Slide

4. Come To Me

5. Keep The Car Running

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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: Magnetic (Deluxe Version)

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

12. Home (Live)

13. Black Balloon (Live)

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Track List: Rebel Beat (Single)

1. Rebel Beat

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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: Something For The Rest Of Us (Deluxe)

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: Greatest Hits Volume One - The Singles

1. Let Love In

2. Dizzy

3. Here Is Gone

4. Slide

5. Name

6. Stay With You

7. Before It's Too Late

8. Broadway

9. Feel The Silence (Remix)

10. Better Days

11. Big Machine

12. Black Balloon

13. Sympathy

14. Iris

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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: Stay With You (Radio Single)

1. Stay With You

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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: Live In Buffalo July 4th, 2004

Disc 1

1. Give A Little Bit (Studio Version)

2. Big Machine (Live)

3. Naked (Live)

4. Slide (Live)

5. Think About Me (Live)

6. Smash (Live)

7. Tucked Away (Live)

8. Black Balloon (Live)

9. Dizzy (Live)

10. Name (Live)

11. Cuz You're Gone (Live)

12. Sympathy (Live)

13. January Friend (Live)

14. Here Is Gone (Live)

15. What A Scene (Live)

16. Acoustic #3 (Live)

17. Two Days In February (Live)

18. Broadway (Live)

19. Iris (Live)

20. Give A Little Bit (Live)

Disc 2
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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

1. Bullet Proof

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

13. We Are The Normal

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: Goo Goo Dolls

1. Torn Apart

2. Messed Up

3. Livin' In A Hut

4. I'm Addicted

5. Sunshine Of Your Love

6. Hardsores

7. Hammerin' Eggs (The Metal Song)

8. Don't Fear The Reaper

9. Beat Me

10. Scream

11. Slaughterhouse

12. Different Light

13. Come On

14. Don't Beat My A** (With A Baseball Bat)

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Track List: Home (Radio Single)

1. Home

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Iris is such a good song
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I love it. Yep.

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Iris is so good.
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Soooo good omg
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I dig you guys !! Name is my fav <3
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Love Iris. Love The Goo Goo Dolls .Love 90s Grunge
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Make sure nothing is under your pillow

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Name is a good song. I heard it on 90's rock on VH11 before it stopping those music videos on tv.
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Here Is Gone and Cuz/Thousand Words from a 65 yr old fan of rock and roll. Johnny Rzeznik is one of the best singers and writers in R&R and with Rob Patic have made the GGD's into a great live performance and recording band. THEY ARE WORTHY OF THE HOF! I took my 30 yr old daughter to a concert and she became a fan. She said they sound the same live as they do recording, whicb is great tribute. We both love classic rock and roll and they deserve all the acolades that come their way.
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I heard name before on 90's rock on VH11 last year.
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I love slide, iris and here is gone by goo goo dolls.
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I love name by goo goo dolls. I listen to it before 90's rock videos.
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This song reminds me of city of angels the movie.
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Pandora is HORRIBLE at keeping up with my music taste
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Thanks pandora for keeping up with my unique taste in music
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Badass band is all I can say never made a bad song
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I love the song iris it sends me a great message and I want you to keep writing songs like that!!!!
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growing up in Buffalo I remember these guys playing at dive places, never thought they would become huge
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Love them ! This song is the best
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Whom may, or might have, who, could have done it better,, they earned it,, you all deserve to listen to it's message, and learn from it,, I did,,,. Remember where you came from and whom exactly your worth and who you are,, peace,, lonley where I am,,
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This song makes me want to cry! I LOVE THIS SONG!!! Y'ALL GUYS ROCK!
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