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
an inevitable reason to use god's name in vain
jesus f**king christ !!! apocalypse is coming!!! ... and good charlotte is here to make our lives more miserable ... what have you created my lord ???!???
by A. Aquino March 10, 2006
The worst boy band on the face of the earth that thinks they are hardcore but really they arent. They also like to suck big fat cock.
"0 mi g0d 1 l1k3 l0v3 Good Charlotte th3y r s0 hardc0r3 m@n!!!!!" - some poseur
by Good Charlotte hater for life February 27, 2006
For the past 13 years of my life, i never liked them. Its like preppy meets hardcore(for them which in real life its pop) Like a another band name for those poppy boy bands you heard on mtv. I guess wtf went wrong with the backstreet boys a.k.a. good charlotte.
person 1-i like love Good Charlotte!!!!THEY HAVE A REASON TO WHINEE!!!
me-wow, you have not heard real music.
by okkk June 13, 2006
simply said...the worst band on the face of the earth.they should do the world a favor and die.(and take all the emo kids with them)
hey dude,you listen to good charlotte.........? MAN THAT SHIT SUCKS!!!!!!!!
by Hearse060 February 25, 2007
a band that people judge to much; and keep doing it because the band doesnt give a fuck what people say.

They take a look at the world from a postive and negative point of veiw. but people always judge them anyways, sure the Madden twins had a rough life since their dad left, but their mom was alaways there for them, and if she wasn't who knows what they'd be like today, they'd probably dress even more punk, and their music would become huge ass punk too.

But i talk to alot of people on their site, from their message boards. those people might not even be here today if Good Charlotte wasn't inderectly there for them, with their song "hold on." that just goes to show people that how one song, from one band can change billions of peoples lifes; and i don't even think they no that that one song written for their friends has affected billions. i'm sure i wouldn't be here today writing this review today, if not for them and their song.

but its not just a couple of songs and image who make them who they are; Good Charlotte. it's their personality that makes them them. Benji is a very good example of what i mean. he comes off looking all punk, like he doesn't give a care in the world, but underneath it all, hes a miracle. he gives change to homeless people and cares very much for his family and friends; but not everyone nos that, just becuase they judge before getting to know people.

and at their concert they tell you,: to follow your dreams, not to give up just because things go wrong, after all shit happens.
2 lines of hold on by good charlotte:
but we all bleed the same way as you do.
but we all have the same things to go through.
by rachel ainsworth July 25, 2006
exactly the same thing as simple plan whiny hormone driven..........grown men??
yea good charlotte sucks
by tarantino April 11, 2006
*nsync in black clothes that have no talent
lifestyles of the rich and the famous! by Good Charlotte
by Mackenzie J October 04, 2005

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