Good Charlotte Biography
This Punk-Rock Waldorf, Maryland USA-based outfit was founded in 1995 by the identical twins Joel and Benji Madden, lead singer and guitarist respectively; with the addition of second guitarist Billy Martin, bassist Paul Thomas and drummer Aaron Escolopio, Good Charlotte was solidified.
The band toured with Blink-182, Bad
Religion and Lit before being signed to
Epic Records, who eventually released their self-titled debut album in
September of 2000, it generated the Modern Rock top 30 single "Little
Following the departure of Escolopio, who went on to form Wakefield, the band recruited Chris Wilson on drums to round out the line-up. In October 2002 the quintet released their breakthrough LP, "The Young And The Hopeless"; with 3 million copies sold in U.S. alone, the set pierced the top 10 of The Billboard Top 200 chart spawning the massive hit "Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous", the single peaked at #11 on The Modern Rock chart and hit the top 20 of The Billboard Hot 100; "The Anthem" followed suit reaching the top 10 of The Modern Rock Tracks; "Girls And Boys" was the band's second Hot 100 entry at #48 while the title-track hit the top 30 of Billboard's Modern Rock chart; the fifth and final single from the album, "Hold On", made it to #63 on The Billboard Hot 100.
October 2004 saw the release of the group third album, "The Chronicles Of Life And Death", a worldwide smash which rocketed to #2 in Canada, to #3 in U.S. and into the top 10 in Britain, but the first single, "Predictable", didn't rise higher than #28 on The Modern Rock chart and its follow-up, "I Just Wanna Live", failed to crack the top half of Billboard's Hot 100.
Good Charlotte put out their fourth studio album, "Good Morning Revival" in March 2007. The 13-song set went straight into the top 10 of The Billboard 200 and hit the top 3 of the Top Canadian Albums charts; it contained the Hot Modern Rock top 40 hit single, "The River", a collaboration with M. Shadows and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold. In U.K. they scored a top 40 hit with "Keep Your Hands Off My Girl".
In November 2010 arrived "Cardiology" which reached #36 on The Billboard 200; its main single, "Like It's Her Birthday", failed to chart in U.S. however the track hit the top 10 in Australia where the album eventually climbed into the top 3 of the ARIA charts.