The Goo Goo Dolls
will release their sixth studio album "Gutterflower"
on April 9th, and they’re in the radio.wazee spotlight
with the first single from that forthcoming Warner
Bros. release, "Here Is Gone."
The Goo Goo Dolls formed in Buffalo
(my home town!, ed.), New York in 1986, with a line-up
of bass player and vocalist Robby Takac, guitarist
vocalist Johnny Rzeznik and drummer George Tutuska.
A continuous round of touring eventually brought them
to paying gigs in New York City and Canada, though
not always under the cushiest conditions. "We'd
go out on tour in a rented or borrowed van, and if
we couldn't afford a motel, the van was where we'd
eat and sleep," recalls Takac. "We depended
on the kindness of fans who would offer us their apartments
to take showers."
The band's first two albums were
compared to Cheap Trick and theReplacements. Their
commercial breakthrough came with 1995's hit single
"Name" from the album "A Boy Named
Goo," which was produced by Pere Ubu, Hüsker
Dü and Sugar accomplice Lou Giordano. In 1997,
Tutuska departed, replaced by new drummer Mike Malinin,
but rather than spelling disaster for the band, things
took off for the Goo Goo Dolls. In November, "Name"
reached No. 1 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart, and
the video was added to heavy rotation lists on MTV
and VH-1. "The album was out for almost eight
months before 'Name' took off," says Rzeznik.
"We were just about to give it all up and go
back to our day jobs." After ten years together
and almost a year after the release of "A Boy
Named Goo," the band was propelled to "overnight
success," with sales eventually reaching over
three million copies.
Similarly, the song "Iris"
became a huge radio hit after featuring on the soundtrack
of the Nicolas Cage/Meg Ryan movie "City Of Angels."
On the back of that single, the new album "Dizzy
Up The Girl" climbed to number 15 on the Billboard
200 album chart in October 1998, and the single "Slide"
hit the U.S. Top 10 the following January.
"Gutterflower" was produced
by Rob Cavallo ("A Boy Named Goo," "Dizzy
Up the Girl") and recorded in the summer and
fall of 2001 in Los Angeles. It is the Goo Goo Dolls’
first new studio album since 1998’s "Dizzy Up
the Girl," but to tie fans over, the group released
the compilation album "What I Learned About Ego,
Opinion, Art and Commerce" in May 2001. As for
that album's unconventional title, Rzeznik explains,
"After doing this for fifteen years, you learn
what the music business is composed of. It's unfortunate
that 'art' seems to be the least important of the
A world tour is expected after the
release of "Gutterflower," and fans can
also hear Rzeznik performing Pink Floyd’s "Wish
You Were Here" with Limp Bizkit on the "America:
A Tribute to Heroes" compilation CD, and the
whole band is featured on the "Concert for New
York City" album.