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.
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.
vocalist/guitarist John Rzeznik fronts the band, with amazing lyrics and wonderful, inspirational, sentimental, and completely unique songs.
bassist robby takac sometimes writes songs and lyrics, but are usually never half as good as Rzeznik's.
drummer rotates every once in awhile (don't get too attached)
most famous song, "Iris," appeared in the film City of Angels
best albums to date are Dizzy Up the Girl, Gutterflower, and Live in Buffalo
superfans tend to be completely oblivious of anything else when the goo goo dolls are mentioned, and are way in love with Goo's music and spirit.
some semi-well-known songs (besides Iris):
I'm Still Here (from Treasure Planet soundtrack)
Here is Gone
my personal favorite song of theirs at the moment is Name.
I'm Still Here
Here is Gone
and many others. Not having heard of the Goo Goo Dolls often signifies being musically deprived. Not liking the Goo Goo Dolls is a common side effect of bad music taste. Someone who enjoys listening to the Goo Goo Dolls often boasts good taste. Someone who is obsessed with the Goo Goo Dolls is a rabid fan-girl/boy; running away and screaming in terror is advised.
Guy 2: Yeah, what a fucking knob.