A criminally underrated alternative band from Buffalo, New York. Formed in 1987, the band consisted of John Rzeznik (lead guitar, became lead vocals later on), Robby Takac (bass guitar, was lead vocalist), and George Tutuska (drums; later replaced by Mike Malinin). They spent the next 10 years climbing up through the underground scene and, later, the charts.
Their breakout hit came ten years later in 1997 when Iris, off the City of Angels
soundtrack, became one of the most popular ballads of all time and made the Goos a household name overnight. Before this, they had been prominent figures in the Buffalo rock scene and had also released a fairly popular album, A Boy Named Goo
, in 1995. The album contained Name, which was, until Iris's release, their most well-known song.
Their early musical style has been compared to the 80s alternative, 'garage' sound of bands such as The Replacements
. Later on, around the time of Name and Iris, they came more to resemble hard rock with some lingering 'Mats influences.
Recently, they have become insulted and spat upon by the 'cool' kids who listen to Nickelback
and Linkin Park
, as well as the indie kids who think that their music is 'insignificant' (when ironically they're a lot more listenable than Kid A
). The only ones that seem to linger are their fangirls. You know, the ones that only listen to, you guessed it, Name and Iris. However, those who actually shut up and listen will find a great rock band whose songs contain deep, awesome lyrics.
Idiot: Goo Goo Dolls are a crappy girly band. LINKIN PARK IS THE GREATEST BAND EVER! SO MUCH MEANING TO THE LYRICS
Goo fan: Linkin Park's songs have no meaning except for I HATE EVERYTHING I'M DONE WITH THIS WAHHH I HATE YOU. GGD's lyrics are so much more mature. I don't know what you're on.
Idiot: Oh yeah? I FUCKED YOUR MOM
Goo Fan: Um, ok?
Indie kid: *fake british accent* Goo Goo Dolls suck arse! Radiohead
actually has meaning behind their music!
Goo fan: Ok, whatever. I actually like Radiohead... well, their first three albums, anyways. After that, they got weird.
Indie kid: HERESY ALL THEIR ALBUMS ARE BETTER THAN THE GOO GOO DOLLS *listens to Kid A*
Goo fangirl: OMGWTFBBQ JOHNNY IRIS
Goo fan: I have no words.