Goo Goo Dolls, formed in 1987 were first known as "The Sex Maggots." Of course, an odd and childish name to start out with, but they had no intentions of going mainstream. They changed there name in the late 1980s because they were approached with there first record deal and then from there, they were forever known as the Goo Goo Dolls.
Their first hit was in 1995 with a song called "Name". Now "Name" is a very original song, with lyrics so deep that it might take the common man sometime to read between the lines. An example,"Scars are souvenirs you never lose, the past is never far." This song was the turning point of the Goo Goo Dolls. The acoustic guitar had an alternative tuning, which was very surprising for a lot of people. The nice pleasant sound of the acoustics in the song were forever touched by hearts and the passionate, heart breaking voice of John Rzeznik still echoes in my ears. There album, "A Boy Named Goo" went platinum in 3 months. Still the critics failed to respond justly to the contempt but the Goo Goo Dolls had now earned a platform in Alternate Rock.
Their next mega hit was the wonder "Iris" which proved to have the thoughts and lyrics of a man who had come from heaven. The hauntingly beautiful voice of John Rzeznik with the powerful chorus proved to all doubters in the industry that the Goo Goo Dolls were indeed producing original material which few in the industry were making. The guitar tunings again left all the critics flabbergasted and proved that the young guitarist of the Goo Goo Dolls was born with a gift of special tunings which he later proved in the Album, "Dizzy Up The Girl." Still the critics failed to understand the message behind every song.
More hits and platinum albums were produced later on the years and the Goo Goo Dolls featured in multi-million dollar films such as "Transformers" and "Transformers 3", "New Years Eve" etc.
As I hear the Goo Goo Dolls live, I am embraced in the charisma and devotion that the band gives still after 20 years in the industry. But as I glance and see the crowd, I see that the number of fans are decreasing and have lost heart in the band. It is the fans that make the band not the critics. At the end of the day when I go home after a tiring day from school and put the earphones to my ears, and click play and when I hear the first strum of "Black Balloon" or the emotional taunts in "Hear Is Gone" I sit and wonder, how can a band of such calibour have less albums sold that from a woman who forgets her name in the song, or from a 60 year dinosaur like Madonna?
Maybe its the name of the band that gives the first impression to people who haven't heard of the yet. Most people consider them gay because of their name. For them I have one thing to say: "Never judge a book by its cover."
The Goo Goo Dolls don't involve themselves in rubbish like other artists do and maybe that's why they don't get the hype they deserve, but its fans like us that promote and love the Goo Goo Dolls, no matter how old they get, or no matter in which country we are. The critics Need to pay heave to a band like the Goo Goo Dolls, before they perish, and leave us only with the likes of Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.