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Goo Goo Dolls

Often compared to the Replacements and Cheap Trick, the Goo Goo Dolls' tattered, anthemic beginnings were documented onMetal Blade Records -- home to such other "alt rockers" as D.R.I., GWAR, and Fates Warning. Perennial headbangers, theirnoisy forays embraced the excesses of Sonic Youth and Oh My Gawd!-era Flaming Lips as much as they harnessed the rawpunk energy of the Replacements. The 'Mats references don't really start to make sense until the fourth and fifth albums,when their songwriting developed past three chords-and-some-noise songs to eventually include string sections and over-rehea ...read more

Often compared to the Replacements and Cheap Trick, the Goo Goo Dolls' tattered, anthemic beginnings were documented onMetal Blade Records -- home to such other "alt rockers" as D.R.I., GWAR, and Fates Warning. Perennial headbangers, theirnoisy forays embraced the excesses of Sonic Youth and Oh My Gawd!-era Flaming Lips as much as they harnessed the rawpunk energy of the Replacements. The 'Mats references don't really start to make sense until the fourth and fifth albums,when their songwriting developed past three chords-and-some-noise songs to eventually include string sections and over-rehearsed dynamics (see Superstar Car Wash). Their sixth album, A Boy Named Goo, offered the megahit "Name," a song sosweetly infectious and clean it seemed to deny any previous knowledge of metal. Now comfortably marketed to the 'burbsrather than the seedy, beer-soaked parts of town they once ruled, a VH-1 Behind the Music special about the band wouldprobably seem more like an episode of the X-Files than a documentary. The band followed-up their breakthrough album with1998's Dizzy Up the Girl, scoring the Goo Goo Dolls another round of chart hits with "Slide" and "Iris," a monster power balladwritten for the City of Angels soundtrack. A result of the band's over-the-top success was that frontman Johnny Rzeznikended up spending a great deal of time in Los Angeles; eventually moving there. In 2002, they released the glossyGutterflower. Rzeznik, who was having trouble adjusting to living in Los Angeles and fame in general, found himself divorced,uninspired by his new surroundings. In July, 2004, the Goo Goo Dolls played a Fourth of July concert for their fans. The freeconcert was held in the band's hometown of Buffalo, New York, and captured the magic of the band perfectly -- even theunseasonable rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd that day. Fittingly, the Goos released Live in Buffalo shortlythereafter. The experience restored Rzeznik's spirits and once again, the singer found himself packing his belongings andmoving across country. In the transition, the band's label released What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce, asomewhat wishy-washy compilation of remixes and early tracks. Once back in Buffalo, the beleagured singer's creative juicesstarted flowing once again. He and bandmate Robby Takac rekindled their songwriting partnership, which had fallen by thewayside after Superstar Car Wash was released. The result was 2006's return to form, Let Love In, an inspired effortproduced by Glen Ballard. In 2010, they released Something For the Rest of Us, a continuation of the sound that Let Love Inhad produced. Their newest album, Magnetic, is set to be released May 2013. « hide

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LPs
Magnetic
06/05/2013

2.7
34 Votes
Something for the Rest of Us
2010

3.1
62 Votes
Let Love In
2006

3.3
123 Votes
Gutterflower
2002

3.6
150 Votes
Dizzy Up The Girl
1998

3.8
353 Votes
A Boy Named Goo
1995

3.7
169 Votes
Superstar Car Wash
1993

3.8
73 Votes
Hold Me Up
1990

3.5
47 Votes
Jed
1989

2.8
34 Votes
Goo Goo Dolls
1987

2.9
26 Votes
Live Albums
Live in Buffalo July 4th 2004
2004

4.1
32 Votes
Compilations
Greatest Hits Volume Two: B-sides And Rarities
2008

4.1
11 Votes
Greatest Hits Volume One: The Singles
2007

3.8
45 Votes
What I Learned...
2001

3.9
23 Votes

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