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The Goo Goo Dolls

The Goo Goo Dolls photo 2010
from left: John Rzeznik, Mike Malinin and Robby Takac.

The Goo Goo Dolls Biography

Formed in the mid-'80s in the crumbling rust belt city of Buffalo, New York USA, this Alternative-Rock trio was probably started for no better reason than to kill time, make some music and hopefully get a few free beers from the clubs where they were lucky enough to get a gig. Lead singer + guitarist Johnny Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and drummer George Tutuska, were initially a cover band named Sex Maggots, but soon started writing and performing their own material.

In 1987 they renamed the band to The Goo Goo Dolls and eventually issued their self-titled album on the indie-label Metal Blade.

The group's sophomore effort, "Jed", arrived two years later and marked an important transition in The Goo Goo Dolls' career, refining their mixture of aggressive Punk energy and melodic power-Pop hooks, but the disc received a rather cold reception from critics and little attention outside of the college radio circuit.

1990's "Hold Me Up", their third album, generated the band's first Modern Rock top 30 hit, "There You Are".

The Goo's musical development coincided with their growth in popularity and their next offering, "Superstar Car Wash", cracked the top 40 of The Billboard's Heatseekers chart upon its 1993 release, led by the single, "We Are The Normal", which soared to #5 on The Modern Rock chart.

"A Boy Named Goo", which was released two years later in the spring of 1995, landed the band their first international hit song with "Name", this beautiful ballad topped both Mainstream and Modern Rock charts, it also smashed into the top 5 of The Billboard Hot 100, into the top 3 in Canada and helped propel the album into the top 30 of The Billboard 200 chart. "A Boy Named Goo" went on to sell over two million copies producing four more Mainstream Rock charting singles, including the top 40 "Flat Top", "Only One" which nearly became a top 20 and two top 10 hits, "Naked" and "Long Way Down". The band toured extensively around the world to support their newfound success.

After the replacement of Tutuska by the new drummer Mike Malinin, the threesome recorded "Lazy Eye" for the soundtrack of the film "Batman & Robin", the single peaked at #9 on the Active Rock chart and at #20 on The Modern Rock Tracks.

But it was in 1998 that The Goo Goo Dolls proved that they were not destined to be a one-hit-wonder. In that year Rzeznik penned the magnificent ballad "Iris" which originally appeared on the "City Of Angels" soundtrack and was also included on the band's sixth album, "Dizzy Up The Girl". Released in September on Warner Bros, the CD burned the American Abums charts rocketing to #9 in Canada and to #15 Stateside, with worldwide sales approaching 6 million. "Iris" peaked at #9 on The Billboard Hot 100, hit #1 on The Modern Rock as well as the top spot on three other Billboard airplay charts. The follow-up single, "Slide", also hit #1 on The Modern Rock list, peaked at #4 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks and made it into top 10 of The Billboard Hot 100; "Dizzy" rose to #9 on The Modern Rock chart, "Black Balloon" reached the #13 position on the same chart and also cracked the top 20 of The Billboard Hot 100. The fifth and final single off the CD, "Broadway", debuted at #24 on The Billboard Hot 100 and at #38 on The Modern Rock chart.

"Gutterflower", the long awaited follow-up to "Dizzy Up The Girl", was released three and a half years later, in April of 2002, it peaked at #4 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums listing highlighted by the U.S. Hot 100 top 20 smash single "Here Is Gone" plus the minor hits "Big Machine" and "Sympathy".

In November 2004, the trio released the CD-DVD set "Live In Buffalo July 4th 2004", which featured the cover of Supertramp's "Give A Little Bit"; released as a single the track hit the American Top 40 chart and cemented their reputation as one biggest Adult Contemporary Rock bands.

Their next album of all-new-material, "Let Love In", arrived in April 2006 reaching #9 on The Billboard 200; it included "Better Days" which hit #36 on The Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Canadian Singles charts in late 2005; it was followed by two triple-A radio smash singles: "Stay With You" and the CD's title-track.

In 2007 The Goo Goo Dolls contributed the Hot Adult Top 40 hit "Before It's Too Late (Sam And Mikaela's Theme)" to the soundtrack of the live-action movie "Transformers".

With their ninth studio record, "Something For The Rest Of Us", the Buffalo trio remained much closer to the warm AAA bath that's become their defining signature; released in August 2010, the disc shot to #7 in U.S. and climbed into the top 20 in Canada. Two singles were pulled from the CD: "Home" and "Notbroken".

Latest News:

The Goo Goo Dolls has targeted May 6, 2013 for the release of "Magnetic", their new studio effort which includes the Hot Rock Songs top 40 single "Rebel Beat".


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    Group shot 2004
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    The Goo Goo Dolls in 2006