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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

Kiss your hand and post this on two more songs and look under your pillow
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 of you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop this is so scary. Put this in 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press F6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters.
Kiss your left hand
Say your crush's name
Close your hand
Say your name
Pick a day of the week
Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out that day
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've started reading this so don't stop this is so scary. Put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
Listing to this song makes a person to want a stop and think back. But same time to move forward ward with the future.
This song helped me out so many times :-)
cdement111
You don't need a name just S.S. number :-(
I just want you to know who I am
i won't tell your name
Check out Sleeping With Sirens cover of "Iris"
Honesty I haven't paid attention to all their songs..under a rock? Don't know, but I really like this group..a lot of good music. Baby says "Goo Goo". You go boys!!!
Don't read this because it works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day in your life . however if you don't post this in at least 5 songs you'll get injured in the next two days u got 143mins. Now that your reading this don't stop. This is so scary . when you done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters . it actually works
Better days!
What about home? Notbroken? Come to me? All of these got quite a bit of air time as well.
love this song has a meaning for me and brings back a lot of memories
blackcharro9 9
Kiss your hand say you crush name close it say you name look atyou hand post15 more times
Wow Rob is that you?
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 do not post this in at least 5 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that you're reading this, don't stop. This is so scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes, and when you're done press F6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary, it actually works.
Don't read this because it actual
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 do not post this in at least 5 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that you're reading this, don't stop. This is so scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes, and when you're done press F6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary, it actually works.
Don't read this because it actual
haha funny I have to do that too!!!!
calebcassidy 1 1
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 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 in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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Dont read this because it actually works, you will be kissed on the nearest possible 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 2days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
This song really has something meaningful in it
I love the song Iris so much.
shsunflowers
Don't read this because it really works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 other songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters.
parkerreece9 9
The moment you decided to let love in.
I'd give up forever to touch you.
Love❤️
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 two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop this is so scary. Put this in 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
I love this song
i won't say anything at all...
Sympathy =Good video on you-tube and included with Greatest Hits #2
I love this song so much that I love goo goo dolls too much now
I been listening seance I was born!
isabellecoll u m 4
love this song
The Goo Goo Dolls>> Iris love this song ♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡
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 two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop this is so scary. Put this in 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
SLIDE = great song!
Best thing is to live in their home city
Great Group. Great Beat . Great Sound. Sing It.
Better Days is my fav.
I only want Lesia to see me....
Cause I don't think that they'd understand!! ! ! !
The band is not that good
Ive been listening to them since I was 3
plr say its about me.
That are my favorite
you anb me
lfe
yall cant fck with homie but go FOLLOW ME On IG ima uppcoming rapper trying to make a come up
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