The Goo Goo Dolls , John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, have spent the last 30 years making incredible music. From punk to power pop, the Grammy-nominated band has traversed the musical landscape with a catalog of 10 studio albums. The Goo Goo Dolls have had 19 top ten singles on various charts, and have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. In the spring of 2016, they’ll release their 11th studio album – Boxes.
The Goo Goo Dolls were first formed in Buffalo, NY, in 1985 by guitarist/vocalist John Rzeznik, bassist/vocalist Robby Takac, and former drummer George Tutuska,. Primarily a cover band with with power pop , punk, and classic rock &roll leanings, the band quickly began writing its own songs. Their early songs were often compared to the Replacement’s original band sound, the reason the band attracted the interest of the heavy metal label Mercenary, which issued their debut album The Goo Goo Dolls in 1987. Jed was released in 1989, and Hold Me Up was released in 1990, hitting the airwaves of college radio.
Released in 1993, Superstar Car Wash was the Goo Goo Dolls‘ artistic breakthrough. The lead single, “We Are the Normal,” was co-written by Paul Westerberg of the Replacements. Superstar Car Wash wasn’t the commercial success the band was hoping for, but was still critically acclaimed. Shortly before their next album was released, drummer George Tutuska was replaced by Mike Malinin.
In 1995, the band released their 5th studio Album, A Boy Named Goo. “Only One” and “Flat Top” were slated to be the album’s first two singles, but a DJ at KROQ in Los Angeles listened to “Name” and put it into rotation – after that, the album took off and sold over 1 million copies in the first year, earning platinum designation. After A Boy Named Goo’s success, Rzeznik was asked to write a song for the 1998 movie “City of Angels” soundtrack, and that song was “Iris.” “ Iris” spent nearly a year on the Billboard charts -18 weeks at number one – and received 3 Grammy nominations.
The band’s next album, Dizzy Up the Girl, was released during the middle of “Iris”’ success and ultimately sold over three million copies. Other songs released from the album included “Slide,” “Dizzy,” “Broadway,” and “Black Balloon”, which was also nominated for a Grammy. In 2001, the Goo Goo Dolls released What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce, a compilation of songs from previous albums with remixed and extended tracks.
The band’s 2002 release, Gutterflower, attained gold status, thanks to hit singles including “Here Is Gone”, “Sympathy”, and “Big Machine”. The Goo Goo Dolls recorded a CD/DVD combo Live In Buffalo: July 4, 2004, playing a free show to over 60,000 fans on the steps of Buffalo City Hall during a veritable monsoon. The live recording was released in November 2004.
The Goo Goo Dolls next studio album, Let Love In, was released in April of 2006. The album and three of its singles went gold: “Better Days,” “Stay with You,” and a cover of Supertramp’s “Give a Little Bit.” The band released a greatest hits album, Greatest Hits, Vol 1: The Singles in November of 2007, followed by Greatest Hits: Vol 2 in August 2008, which included more rare songs, cover songs, B-sides, and live performances. Something for the Rest of Us, their 9th studio album, was released in August, 2011, and the Goo Goo Dolls toured in support of the album from 2011 into 2012. Their 10th studio album, Magnetic, dropped in June of 2013, yielding the singles “Rebel Beat” and “Come to Me.”
Over the course of their 30 year career, the band has toured relentlessly with countless artists, including Soul Asylum, Lifehouse, Third Eye Blind, Bon Jovi, Switchfoot, the Rolling Stones, and Matchbox Twenty to name a few. The band has been invited to play incredible events, from ringing in the year 2000 in Times Square, the October 2001 Concert for New York City, the 46664 World AIDS Day concert in South Africa in 2007, and in 2013 they were inducted into the Guitar Center RockWalk Hall of Fame. The band has toured worldwide their entire career, garnering millions of fans from every corner of the globe. John and Robby will release their 11th studio album, Boxes, in spring of 2016, and Absolute Goo, the largest fan-run Goo Goo Dolls site on the internet, has been proud to work alongside the band since 1998, We look forward to many more years of Goo Goo Dolls music!