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
GC are a band from DC who were brilliant but then got too big, they play pop/punk music but are gettin way too pop for their own good.
their fan-base is a group thats 90% fake-ass teens and 10% true fans.
i for one love GC b/c theyre brilliant, but if they keep playin music like they are, im gonna h8 em, b/c honestly GC u could do WAY! better than that.
joel needs to go back to the original joel we know, the rest of the guys can go on like they are til the day they die but joel has got to change ASAP.
good charlotte-bloody marvelous album

the young and the hopeless-still brilliant, turning dodgy

the chronicals of life and death-(fake-fan)OMFG!...CHRONICALS IS THEIR BEST ALBUM YET!...OMG I LUV U JOEL!!!...CAN U TELL ME WHO PAUL IS?
by D.J August 28, 2005
5 Punks from an AFI concert who went to West Coast Customs
bling and eyeliner = good charlotte
by nuclear winter November 25, 2006
yet another band that is beloved by teenage girls who don't know patti smith from avril lavigne and hated by people who know what good music sounds like and understand that staying past your bedtime, wearing makeup, and looking "different" does not cover up you being a no-talent and poser
good charlotte has been built up by mtv and trl, but will hopefully be brought down by johnny rotten, iggy pop, and any ramone who is still alive. that would be cool.
by clevelandsteamer96 October 04, 2005
a pop rock / image band that started a big circle of accusations about being 'poseurs' - basically this was done with their 'non-conformist' song 'The Anthem.' soory, what kind of non conformist song is also an anthem? joel madden unwittingly created a large preppy army of poseurs, all of whom are posing as non posers, all the while accusing everyone who disses GC for being the shitty band they are of posing and denying an apparent hidden desire to listen to the horrible rubbish they continue to churn out. yes, i personally have been told by a gc fan that if i were to pretend not to know anything about the band and listen to their new album, i wouldnt be saying they were musically insignificant, unoriginal AND untalented by all definitions of the words. hmm perhaps if they were good... wed all LISTEN TO THEM AND NOT DISS THEM IDIOTS

im confused...
Good charlotte encourage, if anything, mass confusion.
by english___p October 06, 2006
Why God invented mallets.
(To smash)
(CDs)
(Obviously)
Person1:"Woah.Green Day got shit.And ugly"
Person2:"That's Good Charlotte"
Person3:"There's a differrence?"
by Youshouldhearmeplaypiano June 23, 2006
A really shitty sell out band that sounds like every other emo/punk band. To every one who is sticking up for Good Charlotte, you know damn well that no one would know who Good Charlotte is if it wasn't for MTV. It's not because they're good that everyone knows them, its because MTV SAYS they're good that everyone knows who they are.
I once saw two guys kissing in public and i thought that was the gayest thing ever, then i heard a Good Charlotte song
by notaslave May 14, 2006
One of the worst bands ever along with simple plan, bowling for soup,and sum 41.
Everytime i hear good charlotte i want to kill myself. No wonder every one who listens to them is suicidal.
by 112233445566 April 08, 2006

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