Goo Goo Dolls extend their record for most Adult Pop Songs top 10s, as “Home” becomes their 14th. “I want to say ‘thank you’ to our audience for keeping us busy for the last 15 years,” Goo Goo Dolls’ frontman John Rzeznik told Billboard. “It’s an honor to be ranked with the other great artists that have dominated this format at radio” …
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FOSTER (voice-over): With songs like “Iris,” which featured in the
1998 film “City of Angels,” the Goo Goo Dolls have won an army of fans. In fact, “Iris” was so popular, it spent almost a year in the US Billboard charts, including a phenomenal 18 weeks at number one.
And that was just the beginning. The Goo Goo Dolls are behind some of the most memorable songs of the 1990s, including “Slide,” “Big Machine,”
and “Name.” Even Barack Obama is a fan. The Goo Goo Dolls sang songs like “Stay With You” at a concert in 2007 to raise money for his presidential campaign.
Today, they are back with a new album, “Something for the Rest of Us,”
and I began by asking them about it.
JOHN RZEZNIK, LEAD SINGER, THE GOO GOO DOLLS: During economic hard times, people sort of tend to go to escapism in music.
FOSTER (on camera): Yes.
RZEZNIK: And I did the exact opposite on this album. I wanted to give a voice to a lot of people who are feeling kind of desperate and uncertain of where they’re going. We have friends who are losing their jobs and losing their homes, and it’s — or they’ve been affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
FOSTER: Kim O. “What are the upsides and downsides to being traveling musicians?
RZEZNIK: The downsides to traveling as a musician is getting your laundry done.
FOSTER: It just doesn’t get done.
ROBBY TAKAC, BASS PLAYER, THE GOO GOO DOLLS: Consistently.
RZEZNIK: It just doesn’t —
FOSTER: What do you do, just buy new stuff?
RZEZNIK: It’s the most frustrating thing, it’s the most frustrating part of it. And finding decent food to eat.
TAKAC: I think the greatest part, obviously, is being able to share what you do with people all over the world.
FOSTER: And does it always surprise you, the reaction you get in places?
TAKAC: Well, it’s crazy, when you think about an idea that maybe you came up with on your couch —
TAKAC: Is all of the sudden being screamed back at you on the other side of the world. It’s — if you don’t get some sort of excitement from that, then you’re in the wrong business, I think.
RZEZNIK: It’s pretty amazing, especially when we’re in the UK, just how active and involved in the shows the audience is, and the amount of adrenaline that I get from the audience here, you know? It’s — in America, it’s a little more passive of an audience. They’re just sort of –
FOSTER: — the rest of the time, probably.
RZEZNIK: Everybody cheers —
FOSTER: How does that go?
RZEZNIK: It’s really fun, because music means more to people here than it does —
FOSTER: Do you think?
RZEZNIK: I — absolutely.
RZEZNIK: Just judging by the all festivals that we’ve done here. It’s insane. It’s a rite of passage. Did you ever go to a festival when you were a kid and put your wellies on and drink and —
FOSTER: Yes, yes. And you’re there for days, and you can’t — you still remember bits, but it’s all a little vague. Jurgen R. Brul in Suriname, “What is behind the name Goo Goo Dolls?”
MIKE MALININ, DRUMMER, THE GOO GOO DOLLS: Where is he from?
TAKAC: Wow. Should make up —
RZEZNIK: I hope it’s not a Surinamese insult.
MALININ: Because we’re not sure what it means.
FOSTER: Did you check that out?
RZEZNIK: No, but our name in German is “Schmiere-Schmierepuppen.”
TAKAC: Which can’t be good, either.
RZEZNIK: It just doesn’t sound right.
FOSTER: Heather. “If you could choose any artist to work with, who would it be, and why?”
RZEZNIK: Wow. If I could choose any artist to work with, who would it be and why? I’d like to work with someone like Matt Bellamy from Muse because his — I think that band is really pushing music forward a lot.
And you hear the influence, their influences, but the whole thing is just so intense and, like — it’s like this post-apocalyptic soundtrack, you know? It’s just so intense, I’d love to see what he would do with one of our songs.
FOSTER: You guys, anyone in particular?
MALININ: No. I just play drums.
FOSTER: You can’t express a preference about the singer, I don’t think?
MALININ: Obviously, there’s a lot of musicians that we all admire, and it would be great to work with any of them. There’s a huge gamut of them, so I don’t even know where to begin.
FOSTER: OK. Michael Julian. “What has been your biggest source of inspiration?”
RZEZNIK: On “Something for the Rest of Us,” the biggest source of inspiration has just been really sort of — talking to people and listening to what’s going on in their lives. We meet people every day. There’s a song on the album, it’s called “Not Broken,” which is basically, I met a woman at a meet-and-greet, and she handed me a letter, and it was a letter about how her husband had been wounded in Iraq, and he did — he was really apprehensive about coming back and settling back in with her because his entire life and his physical form was changed in an instant. I just wanted to write a litter to him from her, saying that, it’s time to come home and start our lives over again.
FOSTER: And did you get a response to the song from them?
RZEZNIK: No, I don’t — I have no idea who she is. It’s just — you do these meet-and-greets, and people, they always — we never get the supermodel’s phone numbers, you know? We have —
MALININ: We get the really sad stories.
RZEZNIK: We always get a lot of stories about the music and where it fits into people’s lives.
FOSTER: That’s a compliment, isn’t it?
RZEZNIK: I think so. But — getting a supermodel’s phone number once in a while wouldn’t hurt, right?
MALININ: I’m hearing that.
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