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
Fuckin emo, lame ass, "thugs" who indoctrinate 12 year old girls to sell cds and whine and cry about how hard their lives are. They are inspiration to those people with no talent that want to be rich and idolized by 10 year olds.
Sane person- Good Charlotte fuckin sucks sonkey dick. They ehine and cry too much
12 year old brainwashed girl- No they are an inspiration. They helped get me through hard times by saying suicide is cool.So now I shop at Hot Topic and wear pants with holes and tears that cost 60 bucks!
by Supersteven June 11, 2005
Good Charlotte is a fuckin pouser band they should die
pouser band that should die for reals anyone that likes them should die too
by fucker May 30, 2005
Possible the worst band ever. They are poseurs and actually think they're punk. If y'all want to listen to some real punk, go check out the Pistols or Sublime. Good Charlotte is pop, pop rock at the most. All the members of the band are fugly assholes. Especially Joel, who called himself "Kid Vicious" - like Sid Vicious, the godfather of punk.

And their music sucks ass! If you stop and listen to the music, the main message of it is to not conform. But that's exactly what they're doing! They try so hard to be punk they forget to be themselves.
Guy 1: "God, have you heard Good Charlotte's new single?"
Guy 2: "Yeah, it sucks ass. I wish MTV would stop paying that shit."

Poseur Girl: "OMG! GC is like, so hawt! They're like soooo punk rawk!"
Other Girl: "God, get a life, you loser. Listen to some decent music."
by JOEL MADDEN IS FUGLY May 19, 2005
a group of young men who play pop music under the beleif that they are "Punx rawx". fans are usually under the belief that they too along with good charlotte are "punx rawx", and shop at hot topic whenever possible. also see poser or wannabe
"punx": i listen to good charlotte ALL the time, unless of course im listening to mxpx or rancid, i dont understand any of the other two bands lyrics but punks listen to them so i guess i should to.
sane person: ur a fucking retard you know that?
"punx": DONT JUDGE ME!!!!11111oneoneone UR GAY!!!!!
sane person: riight *rolls eyes*
.Adjective to describe self-declared 'artists' that wrecked the miniute chance of decent prosperty they had by emoing their way to the dark side that is commercialism and materialism
GC: Lifestyles of the rich and the famous, they're always complaining

Me: Didn't you demand Mcdonalds delivered food to you because youre 'celebrities'?

GC: We're going to write a song about how ignorant you are

Me: fuckheads...
by kimmy booth June 12, 2005
A rather pathetic band that no one really likes. See Simple Plan (my definition).
You're going to play Good Charlotte at your party? You loser!
by Ben Kenobi May 29, 2005
Good charlotte are one of the biggest poser bands to hit mainstream and to anyone that thinks any diffrent then explain
why they've changed there genre in every single album that they make

eg; first they were pop punk
then emo pop punk
then trying to be hip hop

and im guessing that its not a coincidence that the scene went from Pop punk to emo to hip hop
all they are is genre hopping poser sellout scum
they are disgraces to music...xx
good charlotte suck ass
by Brody 3060 October 04, 2007

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