Artist: Goo Goo Dolls Bio

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Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls is an alternative rock band formed in 1985 in Buffalo, New York, USA by guitarist/vocalist John Rzeznik and bassist/vocalist Robby Takac initially under the name the Sex Maggots (the new name was chosen from an ad in True Detective magazine at the behest of a local club owner). They are most famous for the hit "Iris", featured on the soundtrack to the 1998 film City of Angels. Currently, the band consists of John Rzeznik (guitar, vocals) and Robby Takac (vocals, bass).

Early in their career, the Goo Goo Dolls were frequently dismissed by critics as mere imitators of The Replacements; however, the band refined its sound to be more mainstream, which helped it become one of the most popular adult alternative rock bands of the latter half of the '90s, selling millions of records to audiences largely unfamiliar with their inspirations. That's no bitch on the band, either -- their music simply improved in craft and accessibility as the years progressed, and radio happened to be receptive to what a decade earlier would have been considered collegiate power pop. Thus, the band landed two huge hits with the acoustic ballads "Name" and "Iris."

Originally a cover band with a taste for power pop and classic rock & roll, the group soon began writing its own songs. Their early sound recalled the The Replacements' origins as a bratty punk band (circa Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash) -- 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 girls or First Release). 1989's Jed continued in a similar vein; the college radio breakthrough came with 1990's Hold Me Up, a Replacements-ish power pop record.

1993's 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 co-written with 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 nationwide, and went Top Five late in the year; platinum sales for the album followed close behind. Unfortunately, the original drummer was no longer around to enjoy the band's success; prior to the album's release, he'd been sacked and replaced by drummer Mike Malinin.

Dissatisfied with the royalty rates in their Metal Blade contract, the band waged a legal battle that wound up allowing them to jump to parent company Warner Brothers. Somewhat drained, Rzeznik and the band shook off a case of writer's block to contribute the ballad "Iris" to the soundtrack of the 1998 americanized version of City of Angels (Featuring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan). Appearing that April, the song was 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 in September, during the middle of "Iris"'s marathon airplay run, and 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," and the Grammy-nominated "Black Balloon," and the band toured heavily in support. The Goo Goo Dolls revamped their sound for 2001's career retrospective, Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce. A year later, the trio hit the charts with "Here Is Gone" from their seventh studio album, Gutterflower. The CD/DVD combo Live in Buffalo: July 4, 2004 helped fans endure the long wait for the band's next studio album, Let Love In, which didn't appear until 2006. The band toured through the summer of 2007. The band released the first of two greatest hits compilation, entitled Greatest Hits Volume One: The Singles, November 13th 2007.

In February 2008, the band officially headed into studio to work on their new record.
In August 2010, the band released their newest album, Something for the Rest of Us.

Singles:
There You Are (Hold Me Up)
Just the Way You Are (Hold Me Up)
I'm Awake Now (Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Soundtrack)
We Are the Normal (Superstar Car Wash)
Fallin' Down (Superstar Car Wash)
Only One (A Boy Named Goo)
Flat Top (A Boy Named Goo)
Name (A Boy Named Goo)
Long Way Down (A Boy Named Goo)
Naked (A Boy Named Goo)
Lazy Eye (Batman & Robin Soundtrack)
Iris (City of Angels Soundtrack/Dizzy Up the Girl)
Slide (Dizzy Up the Girl)
Black Balloon (Dizzy Up the Girl)
Dizzy (Dizzy Up the Girl)
Broadway (Dizzy Up the Girl)
Here Is Gone (Gutterflower)
Big Machine (Gutterflower)
Sympathy (Gutterflower)
Give A Little Bit (Live in Buffalo: July 4, 2004/Let Love In)
Better Days (Target's Sounds of the Season/Let Love In)
Stay With You (Let Love In)
Let Love In (Let Love In)
Before It's Too Late (Sam & Mikaela's Theme) (Transformers Soundtrack)
Home (Something for the Rest of Us)
Real (AT&T Team USA Soundtrack)
Not Broken (Something For The Rest Of Us)


Top Track "Goo Goo Dolls"

Iris - Goo Goo Dolls

Iris

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9,606,325
Slide - Goo Goo Dolls

Slide

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3,175,544
Black Balloon - Goo Goo Dolls

Black Balloon

380,889
2,004,373
Name - Goo Goo Dolls

Name

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1,657,786
Here Is Gone - Goo Goo Dolls

Here Is Gone

256,156
1,356,562
Broadway - Goo Goo Dolls

Broadway

240,329
1,039,928
Sympathy - Goo Goo Dolls

Sympathy

180,178
953,332
Dizzy - Goo Goo Dolls

Dizzy

178,416
685,281
Better Days - Goo Goo Dolls

Better Days

172,347
1,097,009
All Eyes on Me - Goo Goo Dolls

All Eyes on Me

131,930
443,970
Acoustic #3 - Goo Goo Dolls

Acoustic #3

124,839
665,134
Let Love In - Goo Goo Dolls

Let Love In

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755,731
Stay With You - Goo Goo Dolls

Stay With You

119,754
641,224
Bullet Proof - Goo Goo Dolls

Bullet Proof

116,314
407,649
January Friend - Goo Goo Dolls

January Friend

113,688
348,242
Hate This Place - Goo Goo Dolls

Hate This Place

110,189
370,122
Amigone - Goo Goo Dolls

Amigone

100,445
319,263
Extra Pale - Goo Goo Dolls

Extra Pale

97,074
286,091
Big Machine - Goo Goo Dolls

Big Machine

92,495
592,825
Full Forever - Goo Goo Dolls

Full Forever

92,380
268,155
Give a Little Bit - Goo Goo Dolls

Give a Little Bit

77,037
391,538
Before It's Too Late - Goo Goo Dolls

Before It's Too Late

72,794
460,263
Long Way Down - Goo Goo Dolls

Long Way Down

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287,769
Without You Here - Goo Goo Dolls

Without You Here

55,279
323,992
What a Scene - Goo Goo Dolls

What a Scene

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199,671
Feel The Silence - Goo Goo Dolls

Feel The Silence

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270,197
Naked - Goo Goo Dolls

Naked

48,323
252,018
Think About Me - Goo Goo Dolls

Think About Me

40,961
202,012
Iris (acoustic) - Goo Goo Dolls

Iris (acoustic)

38,608
256,174
come to me - Goo Goo Dolls

come to me

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165,018
Fallin' Down - Goo Goo Dolls

Fallin' Down

36,356
114,868
Can't Let It Go - Goo Goo Dolls

Can't Let It Go

35,915
197,055
Ain't That Unusual - Goo Goo Dolls

Ain't That Unusual

35,563
159,747
Rebel Beat - Goo Goo Dolls

Rebel Beat

35,385
154,701
Cuz You're Gone - Goo Goo Dolls

Cuz You're Gone

34,907
114,259
We Are the Normal - Goo Goo Dolls

We Are the Normal

34,095
114,488
Become - Goo Goo Dolls

Become

33,060
189,528
Flat Top - Goo Goo Dolls

Flat Top

32,331
134,377
Girl Right Next to Me - Goo Goo Dolls

Girl Right Next to Me

31,497
96,890
Burnin' Up - Goo Goo Dolls

Burnin' Up

31,102
118,463
Listen - Goo Goo Dolls

Listen

30,802
138,789
Eyes Wide Open - Goo Goo Dolls

Eyes Wide Open

30,632
123,026
Only One - Goo Goo Dolls

Only One

30,462
110,400
Truth Is a Whisper - Goo Goo Dolls

Truth Is a Whisper

30,224
124,609
It's Over - Goo Goo Dolls

It's Over

29,721
137,408
You Never Know - Goo Goo Dolls

You Never Know

29,100
113,977
Lucky Star - Goo Goo Dolls

Lucky Star

29,060
76,850
On the Lie - Goo Goo Dolls

On the Lie

28,115
76,188
Smash - Goo Goo Dolls

Smash

27,974
113,931
What Do You Need? - Goo Goo Dolls

What Do You Need?

27,665
116,196