Good Charlotte is:

Joel Madden(vocals)
Benji Madden(guitar/vocals)
Paul Thomas(bass)
Billy Martin(guitar)
Chris Wilson(drums)

Identical twins Benji(guitarist/singer) and Joel(lead singer) Madden were born March 11th, 1979. The two grew up with their mother, father, older brother Josh, and younger sister Sarah. The twins (who are Christian) grew up in a strict house hold. Their brother had introduced them to rock music, but in the beginning, their mother was very strict about 'punk' music and had restricted her children to Christian music. Once, after finding a poster of a punk band on their bedroom wall, Benji and Joel's mom quicky tore it down. But that didn't stop them... At the age of 16, their father walked out on Christmas eve, leaving the family deep in financial problems and homeless for a while. The family struggled with money and housing for quite a while. Their anger against their father inspired and encouraged the twins to start writing songs and making music. Benji learned guitar, and Joel went into vocals. After graduating from highschool, their mother presented two plane tickets to California to them as gifts. The two then set off to pursue their goals. Pretty soon, the twins were getting recognized and got friends Paul Thomas(bassist) and Billy Martin(guitarist) to join in. Once the band was complete, the foursome took the name 'Good Charlotte' from a children's book. Soon after, Good Charlotte was signed and they recorded the epic and last year recorded their second cd; the young and the hopeless. They have written songs about suicide('hold on'), being yourself and not giving a shit about what others say('the anthem'), relationships('boys and girls', 'my bloody valentine', and 'say anything'), and even one about Benji's dog (cashdogg) "wondering". They've created these songs with so much talent while adding a little humor into them and their music videos.

Good Charlotte currently have 3 albums.

If you didn't buy the cd 'The Young and The Hopeless', here's the letter that Benji wrote inside:
"so it's 2 am july 27 2002, and we're driving thru the middle of nowhere on our way to a show in chicago. i haven't showered in a week, i'm running on no sleep, i miss cashdogg and some kid at the show today asked me "why i even call myself punk". these may sound like complaints but actually i'm really happy. i am listening to this record, yea i'll admit it I listen to our records and i am thinking how crazy all this is. 3 years ago i was stockin shelves at target living on ramen noodles and crashing at Billy's house. now i'm on tour. 4 kids from nowhere. we made another record and i feel just as excited as i did the first time. i say this all the time, but i mean it, if this all stopped yesterday i would still feel like the luckiest guy alive. i remember going into my room after school writing letters to record labels saying "you can sign us now for cheaper" and sending out demos. i laugh about it now but back then i was so serious. you know we dreamed about this all day every day and i gotta say it feels just like we thought it would. our goals may have changed. i'll admit, it's not about being famous or making millions of dollars anymore. yeah, i used to day dream about that, being broke gets old quick, but now i have sorta seen how it all works and i don't want to be the biggest band in the world i want to make music with paul and billy and joel. that's all. i want to tour. i want to be good to my friends. i want to take care of my family. i want to meet kids at shows. that's real to me. i see some bands and i get frustrated for them. it's easy to get lost in the whirlwind of all of this but i realize we all have to learn on our own, we are still learning. we have made our share of mistakes. we have done some cheesy stuff. but it's good to look back and laugh at how young we were. i see a lot of bands worrying about credibility and all of that and i guess i have realized it only comes with time if we are still here in ten years maybe we will be credible. til then we just gotta do what we want to do, make music. tour. provide for our families. you know i used to fist fight every guy i came across that told me i wasn't punk. lars asked me one night "are you gonna fight the world?" he was right, i was pretty stupid. it made me realize we are what we are and no one can change that. i guess we have done a lot of growing up since the last record. we started this when we were 16. its the only thing i ever had. its probably the only thing i ever will have.. i just feel lucky. we are four kids in a rock band from waldorf. we're no better than any other band out there and we know it. so thanx for getting our record and being part of this. thanx for giving us a chance to do what we love. thanx for making this real.
see ya at the show
benj
good charlotte
the young and the hopeless"
by Riot Girl May 14, 2005
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Top Definition
A band that is only popular because the goons at MTV made them popular. Some people think that all bands on MTV are good, but good bands are bands that make music not for cash, but for the fans and meanings.
Fuck the Media that thinks they can tell bands how to play.
a poser-punk band that tries to be emo but in reality, just sucks. they dress punk but then their music sounds like a darker version of the backstreet boys. if you would like to hear more about this band, head over to hot topic and ask all the preppy chicks, im sure they have a lot to say.
interested person: what do you know about the band good charlotte?
preppy chick: OMG THE SINGER IS SO HOT AND THEY ARE HECKA PUNK SO I WEAR CONVERSE NOW CUZ IM HECKA PUNK!! OMG!!!
(interested person runs away in fear)
by Lynny July 20, 2005
A poseur punk-pop band from D.C. The lead singer sounds like a castrated church boy. Thanks to the folks down at MTV, we have to put up with these ass wipes.
You like Good Charlotte? Dude, get a life.
by Benji Madden March 20, 2005
A band that starts many arguments about what a 'real' punk is, but, has never stated their own music category.
Person 1-I like Good Charlotte.
Person 2-You poser. Listen to some REAL music.
Person 1-Fuck off. I'll like whatever I want to.
by zaambee June 02, 2005
Alright, I will state that I was curious about this band about four years ago. I thought to myself: "Good Charlotte can't be that bad if they have so many 'hardcore' fans that go everywhere, buy everything and speak anything that is to do with Good Charlotte." Man, was I wrong. Good Charlotte sucks. They're basically a boy band that wears black clothes and wears eyeliner. Their music sounds like sped up emo music. You could describe their music as "emo with estrogen". MTV markets them to the teenybopper crowd. How so many young, impressionable kids can get suckered hook, line, and sinker into ANY of the garbage that this pathetic excuse of a band dumps onto them is beyond me. They definitely appeal to 12 year old kids, who have such a horrible life because they can't go to the mall and buy new clothes or get a new video game.

They are a whiny band that love to sing about how "horrible" and "tragic" their life is, meanwhile they are sitting in cash in their mansions. No one cares except for their legions of self-pitying fans who feel they can truly connect with GC's "deep" and "inspiring" so-called "music". They even have whiny ballads that sound like the rest of the "pop-punk" and "emo" genres at the moment. Yeah, GC is fuelled by teen angst and armed with extremely bad talent. I'm sorry kiddies but Good Charlotte is nothing more than pop. I'm 16 & I'm already getting tired of the new music because it is getting horrible & more horrible. It's a manufactured popularity contest now. With their mediocre cliched song lyrics, Good Charlotte are 100% worshipped by their demographic, pre-teen and teenage preppy girls (and flamer guys.) This group of pop icons do nothing more than create crappy music (which is charged to audiences at well over $50 per ticket) and find themselves on MTV acting like jackasses every chance they aquire for the pleasure of their braindead viewers.

Their fanbase consists of 12 year olds that think they know all about music, therefore claim that they have the right to say that "GC" are musical gods or are the "best punk rawk band eva!111!1!", while talented bands like The Beatles and Pink Floyd to them are "old" and "horrible". These 12 year olds can usually be found online, usually on message boards, with usernames like "XxGCIsDaBestPunkBandEvarxX" and "trU3_pUnk_raWk3r"

Teenybopper talking to herself: "Oh my gaaaawd. I hate my liiiife. I can relate to these guys sooooo much because nobody listens to me and everyone hates meee"

Ugh.

In the end, I recommend the following punk rock albums to those who have been victimized by Good Charlotte:

Raw Power - Iggy and the Stooges
Ramones - The Ramones
London Calling - The Clash
Good Charlotte is the worst crap I've ever heard.
by SuperSonicX October 09, 2005
a band that used to be cool. then they sold out big time, and there fanbase is a bunch of preppy teenage girls who think they are rebellious. also the lead singer thinks he is black.
preppy teenage girl: this is the anthem throw all your hands up i dont wanna be just like you!! Good Charlotte is sooo cool!! I especially like them because all of my other friends do!
Sane person: I thought you just said you didnt want to be just like everyone else.

Comment submitted with request to Delete: "i think this definition along with most of these should be deleted because if these people really like good charlotte in the first place, they wouldn't have stopped liking them just because other people started liking them. These idiots are just jealous because these guys are living their dream and the people complaining about them."
by Anonymous March 30, 2003
A band that wrote and performed "i just wanna live" and continued to call themselves punk. Fucken i just wanna fucken live. And still punk. An MTV created scourge thats a greater threat to individual freedom than islamic jihad and talk back radio combined.
we're so punk. i mean look at us. we have studs on our belts. ON OUR BELTS!- Good Charlotte
by Johan Svenson May 20, 2005

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