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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Alternative Albums [Fanmade]
« on: May 17, 2017, 04:19 PM »
I was just messing around with PS and decided to make alternative Goo Goo Dolls' albums. I'm planning on making more in the near future. All the selfmade albums have in common that the songs on it are similar in style, lyrics, messages etc.

NOTE: all songs, logo's, pictures and sounds I use belong to their righteous owner, I do not make profit out of any of these, it's just a hobby

Goo Goo Dolls - Pressure On The System (2017)





About this 'album'
All Goo Goo Dolls' songs about society, government, working class and the system. The picture used as cover is where 'Superstar Carwash' used to be. The backside is Broadway Auditorium in Buffalo (of the famous song Broadway)

Like I said I'm planning to make more in the near future. Tell me if you would buy this album and why (not)! If you have any suggestions hit me up and I'll try to create it.


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Personally, Gutterflower is the best Goo Goo Dolls album of all time.

''Gutterflower is a artpiece where all emotions combine.''

1. It took a LOT of effort
Try to imagine the pressure on you after you made your best album to date. In this period of time the Goo Goo Dolls were the hottest band around. All eyes were on them. John, who experienced writers block before he wrote Iris, stood before one of the biggest challenges of his life: competiting with his own album. The fact that they really took time to write, compose and experience this new album makes it great because the outcome wouldn't have been this good if it was rushed. Why? Read the review below!

2. A product of mourning and doubts
As I stated before, this period was a rough one for the band. They had moved to Los Angeles and experienced all these differences. Big Machine is literally a song about L.A being this big American machine of fame, deceit, love, drugs and rock 'n roll. The band, although not unfamilair with these things felt a bit of a cultural shock as they witnessed their new surroundings and their newfound stardom. John divorced his first wife Laurie Farinacci and you can hear the references throughout this album lyricwise. One can easily say that Here is Gone, Truth is A Whisper, It's Over & What Do you Need? are about being seperated from the one you loved, and the anger and loneliness that comes with such a breakup. John stated on CNN before the album came out that sometimes he didn't even know where he really was writing about, imagine the confusion.

3. It's a introspective diary
John's divorce, the change of surroundings, their stardom. It's all shown on this album. Gutterflower is still one of the most introspective albums of the band. It deals with such personal memories written in a way that everyone can relate to it. It's a real talent to write about your deepest fears and memories without losing your audience. The fact that Gutterflower is a public diary for everyone to hear and relate to makes it one of the most vulnerable albums to date.

4. Ballad vs Raw
Gutterflower has razorsharp edges. When they belt out songs like Sympathy it's almost impossible to follow that up with a song like Truth is A Whisper or What Do You Need. You can feel the anger right through those songs. Dizzy Up The Girl sometimes lacked a edge, that final part that knocked you out. I think Gutterflower has that perfect balance of mourning ballads followed up by hardrock anthems. These songs on this album are one of the last Goo Goo Dolls songs that could qualify as the 'older Goo Goo Dolls' As I said before its ballads vs anthems but songs like Big Machine and Here is Gone are an example of how a song with lyrics designed for a ballad can actually sound as hard as possible.

5. A tortured soul on paper.
Personally I think Flat Top is one of Johnny's best songs ever writen but the best lyrics he ever wrote are on this album. 'Livin' like a house on fire, what you fear is your desire, it's hard to deal, I still love the way you feel. On this album its all about being recognised, being loved and to accept to let it slip right out of your hands. 'and we woke up in the breakdown of the things we never thought we could be' - 'Hate is so heavy when you weak, now we're both lost in anger, when we're alone we'll find some peace'. Gutterflower was designed to pour out all of these feelings. The music was important but its really all about these lyrics. John is a tortured, incurable romantic accompanied by the soaring guitars, hard rythms and sometimes everlasting softness of his rare acoustic tunings. Gutterflower is a artpiece where all emotions combine.

6. The instrumentation carries the transfer
Distorted riffs and echoed vocals on What Do You Need & It's Over... Rythmic basslines on Up, Up Up. The sound of fingers moving across the neck of the guitar and the little guitar solo on the end of 'What A Scene' Gutterflower really delivers some thoughtful instrumentations that fit perfectly around the lyrics. The outro on Up, Up, Up tells us beneath all that pain and bitterness there is a time and place for a groovy tuning, a bright moment and some amazing guitarplay. Gutterflower leans on melody, great lyrics and a most of the time is a core of repetitive (rough) carrying riffs (What Do You Need). As we know them they always make space for a ballad, Sympathy is one of their best acoustic songs because it really shows the complexity of John's alternative tunings combined by his honest lyrics. While really sandwiched between heavier songs, Sympathy really stands out has it's own kind of hardness.

7. They were on top of their game.
Big Machine, Sympathy, Here Is Gone were all massive hits in the US. it proved that heartfelt music with a real message could find its way to the charts and to the people. Still to this day I think Gutterflower was their absolute peak musical and lyrical. The Goo Goo Dolls have churned out the most amazing ballads but almost none of them were as dark as the songs on this album. Among some fans Gutterflower was the last album that was recognized as 'their old sound' and the critics' first impression of the following album was not great. After Boy Named Goo, Dizzy Up The Girl and Gutterflower, the band entered a period (2004 -) of a more contemporary and adult sound. A band grows, and I adore the following up albums, but the rawness and honesty on this album were never reached again.

8. Robby brings on the light
The lyrics might not be the brightest, but the vibe of Smash, Up, Up, Up, and Tucked Away breaths some hope. Robby is known for his lyrics about tragic or hard situations molded in a often danceable, rocking structure. It's easy to give a nuance to Robby's lyrics while he - like John - also writes about difficult topics, love, affection and losing people. It's just the fact that he combines those lyrics with his instrumentation that makes his songs a breath of fresh air after all the despair of the previous songs. But dont be fooled, listen carefully and you will hear that Robby has some important things to say: 'Making me remember when your pushes became shoves' - 'I hope you're gonna see these things happen someday, so don't stop lookin' for that light along the way'...

9. Small ingenious details
After all of the above reasons to love this album, there are a lot of things that people dont know about Gutterflower. The title 'Gutterflower' actually originates from the poem 'The Beggar' from Pablo Neruda, John's favorite writer. His favorite book (American Tabloid by Ellroy) was on his mind while writing Big Machine. That particular song used a drum machine before recording it, Johnny calls it his 'disco track' because the drum rythm was named 'disco' in this machine. He also calls it a propulsive tale of unrequited love. There is a small little guitar solo on the end of 'What a Scene' that makes it a even better song. If you know more little details or other cool facts about Gutterflower, let me know!

10. What is your reason?

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For me, Magnetic is the Goo Goo Doll’s second best album after Gutterflower.
This is why:

1.   Reinvention of a dazed sound
Lets be honest. Nobody was entirely happy with the directon of Something For The Rest Of Us. It had its good parts but everyone wanted the Goo Goo Dolls to rock again like the old days. Fans wanted them to do something different. They listened, and for a lot of people not in their favor. Magnetic is a total reinvention of their sound and paved the way to experiment with different writers and instruments. Claps, ukelele, background singers, electronic beats and orchestra. Ofcourse, the Goo Goo Dolls have used these feautures before. But in each and every song there is something that wasn’t in their pallet of sound before this album. They’ve let other influences in and made an album that is a beautiful product of honest reinvention and growth. Sure, its lacking some guitar riffs or even solo’s, but can we expect guitar solo’s from guys in their 50’s? John and Robby grew and so did their musical perception. Its a beautiful product.

2.   Hooks & beats.
Magnetic is known for its upbeat and positive vibe. Songs like Caught in the Storm, Slow It Down and Rebel Beat are leaning on the rythmic structure rather than on melodic structure. Goo Goo Dolls for years have made music based on drums, bass and melody. Its a real change of pace to make your music around the rythm and pace instead of the melody. It makes the album dynamic and it never loses its tempo.

3.   Sincerity, pure sincerity.
As John, Mike and Robby stated: the band wanted to move from the negativity that was Something fort he Rest of Us. They’ve let other people in to write and compose with them. They came up with idea’s that would’ve never been theirs . Does this make the album fake, commercial or hitdriven? Not at all. It’s a fresh package of songs that are all unique but mostly full of honest optimism. Songs like Rebel Beat and Come To Me have a beautiful story of wanting to belong to someone or somewhere. Trying to fit into society or a relationship.

4.   New lyrics!
We all know John can pour out some heartfelt lyrics. He’s is one of the best writers of the last years. But John felt tired of writing on his own, pulling his own strings and thoughts again and again. Ofcourse, the lyrics are more simple and more repetitive, but they are in harmony with the melodies and vibe of the songs. The songs are more about experiencing a certain feeling than to reach a poetic height, although simple lyrics like in Come to Me can be poetic in its own simple and lovely meaning. Briljant lyrics are not briliant because they’re deep, but because they reach into a certain feeling.

5.   The best Takac songs to date.
Our Robby, the energetic and scruffy punkrocker. He always kept that rockflame burning. The producers on Magnetic convinced him to push his boundaries and that resulted in Happiest of Days. And who would’ve expected his voice would fit this type of songs? The guitar and orchestra is something we NEVER heard before on a Robby song. It has the perfect ending as well: a little collab with John. Talking about expanding your horizon. Robby totally nailed his 2 songs.

6.   ‘Robby, we turned another corner… They’re going to kill us’ – Rzeznik after recording ‘Iris’.
More Of You anyone? It’s a Goo Goo Dolls song like we never have heard before. It’s catchy, upbeat and above all: electronic. John stated in 2013 that he was into EDM and producing music in other ways. This is his little experiment. It is very brave to put it on the album and tells me the Goo Goo Dolls were in a great place when they made this album.

7.   Its light, fresh and made fort he summer.
Magnetic came out in the summer and almost every song fits perfectly in this season. The songs are positive, fresh and tightly wound. Rebel Beat is produced in a way you want to jam to it on the beach at a campfire. Caught In The Storm is the song you want to blast in your car. BulletproofAngel is the song you listen to when you watch the sun go down and you think of precious memories. The artwork of Magnetic is bright, eyecatching and ‘new’ just like the sound.

8.   It was not made for money, succes or hits.
Lets face it, Goo Goo Dolls aren’t that relevant in the charts anymore. Magnetic was made for fun, for making music after a rough patch and enjoy eachothers company. The boys never felt so alive as making this album they stated in various interviews before the release. They wanted reinvention, new things and they did just that. Every song on the album COULD’VE been a hit, but the intention of Magnetic was pure and heartelt: a bright new sound.

9.   They never forgot how to rock.
The ending part of When The World Breaks Your Heart, the riff in Bringing On The Light, Last Hot Night In America and ofcourse Keep The Car Running. For some of you may have been hard to encounter some electric guitars. Magnetic is by far the most poppy album they’ve made before Boxes. Their Buffalo and rockroots are oozing through every song. The guitar parts that are on Magnetic are not overdone and contribute tot he structure and climax of the song. Magnetic has a real balance that Dizzy Up The Girl or A Boy Named Goo missed. Magnetic clearly knows when to be silent or when not to crash into a guitar riff. Keep The Car Running demonstrated how Goo Goo Dolls can rock without being too much. This is clearly the direction in which they’ve found peace and fun. That’s something I noticed immediately.

10.   What makes Magnetic a great album to you?

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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Drums on Boxes
« on: June 03, 2016, 03:01 PM »
I am nowhere near a expert but I love the drums on Boxes.
Over and Over has a really amazing beat, Souls after the instrumental part is really great rythm wise, very skillfull drums.  The chorus on the Pin is just bad ass while Reverse has that great going. Love the urban rythm on Lucky One. So Alive is also a beatdriven masterpiece. 

Which one do you like? 

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There is this really weird guy mentioning the Goo Goo Dolls' song Rebel Beat. He names it the most mind-opening and thought influencing paranormal video ever made. He's talking about the lyric video.
Its really strange and I can't really understand what this guy is talking about. Its interesting to listen a bit but as far as I know nobody takes this seriously.
Pay attention to the description as he explains it all on there, as far as I can understand.
Weird.

The link to the video is:



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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Will So Alive hit top 10?
« on: May 23, 2016, 07:36 AM »
So I see its steady at #18 if I'm not mistaken?  Do you think it's going to be a hit?
Let's share our opinions.

Personally I don't see it going into to 15 which is a shame.  The video had to be released when the single came out. Now it's just too late.

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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / European Tour?
« on: May 10, 2016, 05:32 PM »
Is there any chance or information about them going on a (small) European tour. I know a lot of German, French, Belgian and Dutch fans who would be so happy if they would only hit some European cities.

I dont know why they dont do this. I can imagine the lack of promotion or hits, but there are a lot of smaller bands (some even without 1 hit) who do clubtours in Europe. It could expand their fanbase. I can see them playing Pinkpop or Lowlands (huge Dutch festivals with various sized stages) or other smaller venues.
Any 'AbsoluteGoo information' about this at all or do I need to bury these dreams...?

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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / The meaning behind 'Reverse'
« on: May 07, 2016, 09:30 AM »
When you listen to Reverse he is talking about rewinding a certain memory when he was drunk:
'Yeah, I was drunk tonight when I thought I caught a glimpse of you'
after that he sings about her 'saving his life' if she stays all night but still not owning his heart and not knowing him the morning after.
'Its A Brilliant distraction from all of this deceit
And I, I think its crazy how we took it way to far'

Is he actually singing about cheating/deceiting?




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I had to make this topic because of this song.

This song is (for me) everything that is Goo Goo Dolls.
It could've come off Gutterflower, one of my favorite albums ever. Souls is so layered, so unique in sound and lyics. The last part and the amazing instrumental solo instantly gives me goosebumps.
I salute the best Goo Goo Dolls song since Let Love In.
Whát a gem. Anyone with me?

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“I guess the single is getting a good response. I try not to look,” Rzeznik said, admitting that he can get a little “neurotic” about these things. The song is a personal one for the 50-year-old singer, who says he’s in a great place right now.

“I made some really, really good decisions and some changes over the last 18 months,” he said. “About three months into getting sober for the 50th time, I realized that I had no coping skills because every time I felt something that was uncomfortable, I would just drown it. So sitting there were all these immature, childish, out-of-control emotions and needs that have never been really addressed or taken care of and put aside so that I could actually grow up. They were staring me right in the face. I couldn’t take a drink or take a pill to make it go away. And it scared the shit out of me. I kind of flipped out from it ... That’s what the song is all about. Being alive is painful. Feeling things is painful.”

The rest of the album, too, is a personal one for Rzeznik, who tried something he has rarely done with Goo Goo Dolls music: team up with other songwriters. The singer-guitarist, along with Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac, co-wrote much of “Boxes” alongside Gregg Wattenberg, Derek Fuhrmann and Drew Pearson (who has worked with Phillip Phillips and OneRepublic).


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“The majority of the writing I’ve done over the last 25 years, or however long I’ve been writing songs in earnest, has been on my own. I just got sick of it,” Rzeznik said. “I didn’t want to do it anymore. I felt isolated and depressed … I needed some influences. I needed someone to sit with and throw ideas back and forth. I started to feel like I was in an echo chamber. So I made a couple of phone calls, and it was so much fun. This was as deep as I have ever gotten.”

It’s a good thing Rzeznik stepped out of his comfort zone, because if he hadn’t, there may not have been any new Goo Goo Dolls music, at least for a while. Plus, Takac has played a large role in the group’s longevity. Rzeznik credits his longtime friend and bandmate for helping to keep the Goo Goo Dolls together for so many years.

“I’m ready to quit every day … like, ‘I’m done.’ And he’s like, ‘Nah, you’re not done. Just give it another day.’ ... He and I appreciate each other a lot more than we did. And we finally manned up and made all the hard decisions that we had to make to continue doing this. There was a point on the last touring cycle on the ‘Magnetic’ record where we were just in complete freakin’ chaos … Little did I know that I was one of the causes of the chaos.”

The chaos, Rzeznik, hopes is in the past. He got married a couple of years ago and is readying a move to New York after spending many years in Los Angeles. In addition to Takac, the Buffalo, New York, native keeps good people around him in his personal life as well.

“Whenever I feel like having a drink, I call my wife or I call a friend. In my phone, I have a list of this stuff called ‘the greatest hits.’ And I’ll call them and I’ll be like, ‘Hey, can you just tell me some of my greatest hits?’ And they’ll run down an unbelievable list of ridiculous shit I did when I was drinking and don’t remember,” he said. “And I’ll be like, ‘All right, that’s cool. I don’t ever want to have another drink again.’”

A clean and sober Rzeznik will spend much of his time this year on the road, touring with Collective Soul and Tribe Society from July through September.

“I’m so grateful that people still want to come and see us and that our tours still do really well and that people still relate to things and sing along,” said Rzeznik, “That’s a pretty amazing feeling when you sing a song and everyone sings along with you.”

Rzeznik hopes that fans will sing along to the songs on “Boxes,” too.

“I just think that I took a big risk ... I opened my mind to a lot of different influences and wanted to put those together on an album and I hope everybody’s cool with it,” he said. “And if not, what can I say? Next!”

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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / 'Boxes' review by Amnplify
« on: May 06, 2016, 11:09 AM »
Goo Goo Dolls – Boxes (Album Review)
Written by Joel


It might seem hard to believe, but 2016 marks the 30th year anniversary for alternative rockers the Goo Goo Dolls. Although nursing perhaps one of the worst band names ever for three decades, they are definitely a band to be admired. Their career has been generally well received by critics, being described as a reliable above average radio pop/rock band who play to their strengths. The Goo Goo Dolls have always produced a blend of pop/rock that is mature, catchy and heartfelt enough to strike a chord with listeners. But after their lacklustre 2013 release Magnetic, the band is now back on the scene with their 11th studio album Boxes.

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Just like your favourite take-away meal, the Goo Goo Dolls are reliable. However, their last album Magnetic saw them experiment with a more uplifting pop orientated sound, which worked in parts but ultimately left the album feeling hollow. Magnetic showed that although change is usually welcomed, changing to follow trends certainly isn’t; especially when you are behind the curve. The new album Boxes sees the Goo Goo Dolls combine elements of Magnetic with their previous catalogue, making for a much more enjoyable listen. Boxes opens with the infectious Over & Over, an adequate stadium sized rocker that doesn’t stray too far from their signature formula. The song relies on small effects to lead singer John Rzeznik’s vocals, which helps push the song to a climatic ending. The music backs up Rzeznik’s gravelly voice nicely, crashing around like a whirlwind; in what really is a return to form for the band. The track Flood sees the band utilise backing vocals from the exceptional Sydney Sierota (from the indie rockers Echosmith), in which her and Rzeznik team up to swap verses in what works a charm. This song is perfectly timed and feels naturally enjoyable, rather than being overproduced to the point it feels forced.

As well as trying to develop some of the soundscapes from Magnetic, the band also offers fans a sense of nostalgia on some tracks. The main tracks that give glimpses of Dizzy Up The Girl and successive albums are the title track Boxes and the carefully crafted Reverse. Boxes isn’t anything ground-breaking but it excels in what the band does best; combining a catchy uplifting chorus with heartfelt lyrics. Meanwhile, Reverse is another example of the band just purely nailing it. Reverse rollicks along, building an emotional rapport with listeners around Rzeznik’s voice and the chorus picks up to a refreshing dance floor-esque pace. Like most Goo Goo Dolls albums backing vocalist and bassist Robby Takac again gets a chance to demonstrate his vocal talents. Unfortunately, the song Prayer In My Pocket which sees Takac grasp the microphone doesn’t really achieve any great heights and fails to showcase what Takac can achieve vocally. 

The Goo Goo Dolls 11th studio album Boxes, is simply a return to form for the band after a previous album slump and nothing more. The band still tries to remain relevant in a mainstream sense, but also succeeds in producing a record that will please their most die-hard fans. On what is their first release since 1995 without drummer Mike Malinin, the band showcases that they can still produce good quality music and that Malinin may not have been abandoning a sinking ship after all.


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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / For all Boxes' haters.
« on: May 02, 2016, 12:12 PM »
. I go in on a Tuesday, and I’m hanging out with my buddy Greg, who’s messing around with a synthesizer. Or we sit around and play piano. It’s just the freedom of it. I no longer feel the pressure of trying to write hits for the radio anymore. And it’s a lot of fun sitting with the people I work with. I have an incredible amount of respect for them. We give each other a lot of room to breathe and we have fun. Robby and I started writing songs together again on this album. On Magnetic I said, “I’m not going to tie myself down to one producer because I think and feel different things on different days.” The albums have always been, like, “where is my head at?”

Rzeznik (2015)

Just saying.

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