Boy Named Goo CD (1995)

Artist: Goo Goo Dolls

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4.5/5; mostly good power-pop + "Name" & 2 throwawa

by Jonathan C on 2/22/2013

The hit single "Name" and the two closing tracks aside, this album is thick & fast-paced soulful indie rock n' roll. That's tracks 1-5 and 7-11, equaling ten out of thirteen, a good value, IMO. The lyrics, and vocal delivery, as well as the moaning whale of the guitar(s) signal melancholy, although it's not a sappy sobby melancholy, but rather as a kind of bittersweet nostalgia. Not all the aforementioned ten songs are pure gold, but at the very least they compliment each other's strengths.

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Label Wea/warner Bros.
SKU 60144435
UPC 093624575023
UPC 14 00093624575023
Format CD
Release Date 3/14/1995
Author Goo Goo Dolls
Artist Influence Black Flag (Punk)
Artist Influence Cheap Trick
Artist Influence Dinosaur Jr.
Artist Influence Hsker D
Artist Influence Neil Young
Artist Influence R.E.M.
Artist Influence Soul Asylum
Artist Influence Superchunk
Artist Influence The Beatles
Artist Influence The Lemonheads (Group)
Artist Influence The Nils
Artist Influence The Plimsouls
Artist Influence The Ramones
Artist Influence The Replacements
Artist Influence Tom Petty
Artist Contemporary Alice in Chains
Artist Contemporary Barenaked Ladies
Artist Contemporary Bash & Pop
Artist Contemporary Buffalo Tom
Artist Contemporary Citizen Cope
Artist Contemporary Collective Soul
Artist Contemporary Counting Crows
Artist Contemporary Cowboy Mouth (New Orleans)
Artist Contemporary Dishwalla
Artist Contemporary Drivin' n' Cryin'
Artist Contemporary Everclear
Artist Contemporary Fastball
Artist Contemporary Foo Fighters
Artist Contemporary Grandpaboy
Artist Contemporary Hootie & the Blowfish
Artist Contemporary Marcy Playground
Artist Contemporary Matchbox Twenty
Artist Contemporary Our Lady Peace
Artist Contemporary Semisonic
Artist Contemporary Shawn Mullins
Artist Contemporary Soul Asylum
Artist Contemporary Sugar Ray (Rock)
Artist Contemporary Super Deluxe
Artist Contemporary The Clarks
Artist Contemporary The Offspring
Artist Contemporary The Verve Pipe
Artist Contemporary The Wallflowers
Artist Contemporary Third Eye Blind
Artist Follower 3 Doors Down
Artist Follower Augustana (The Augustana Choir)
Artist Follower Avril Lavigne
Artist Follower Daughtry
Artist Follower Dinosaur Eyelids
Artist Follower Eve 6
Artist Follower Jason Mraz
Artist Follower John Mayer (Adult Alternative)
Artist Follower Matt Nathanson
Artist Follower Ryan Cabrera (Guitar/Vocals)
Artist Follower The All-American Rejects
Artist Follower Tonic
Artist Follower Vertical Horizon
Technical Info
CatalogID 9362457502
Lable Name Metal Blade
Released 03/14/1995
Original Release 1995
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 42m : 20s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624575023
Album Notes and Credits
Goo Goo Dolls: John Rzeznik (guitar), Robby (bass), George (drums).
Producers: Lou Giordano (tracks 1-11); Rob Cavallo, Goo Goo Dolls (tracks 12-13).
Engineers: Lou Giordano (tracks 1-11); Jerry Finn (tracks 12-13).
Recorded at Beartracks Studios, Suffern, New York and Soundcastle, Los Angeles, California.
All songs written by John Rzeznik or Goo Goo Dolls except "Disconnected" (Mann/Piranha/Secrist/Sinister) and "Slave Girl" (M. Blood/J. Jakimyszyn).
A BOY NAMED GOO shows that the Goo Goo Dolls have soaked up all the elements necessary to make them a great guitar band. The album's title clearly harkens back to Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue" and its narrator's search for the people who named him; but the Goo Goo Dolls aren't taking that path. They already know their past (straight-ahead post-punk), and A BOY NAMED GOO plots out their present.
With a smart-alec, bar-band approach reminiscent of the Replacements, the Goo Goo Dolls rage about being "Disconnected"--that "someone pulled the plug." They sound worried on "Long Way Down," realizing that "I don't think I'll make it on my own." "Burnin' Up" offers another key to the Goo Goo Dolls' garage sound by adding a smidgeon of Husker Du (the Bob Mould guitar chimes and Grant Hart's melodic vocal sense are properly reproduced). But it's on the acoustic "Name" that the Dolls' own context emerges. The song complains about "growing up way too fast" in a culture where everything seems borrowed and "re-runs are our history."
This is what makes the Goo Goo Dolls admirable. They're thoroughly aware of the repetition within today's guitar-rock, and use only the good pieces to evaluate the present. A BOY NAMED GOO shows a band completely aware of their surroundings, and boasts some great guitars in the process.
Personnel: Johnny Rzeznik (guitar); George Tutuska (drums).
Audio Mixer: Lou Giordano.
Recording information: Bear Tracks Studio, Suffern, NY; Beartracks Studios, Suffern, NY; Sound Castle Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Trackmaster Recording Studios, Buffalo, NY; Trackmaster Studios, Buffalo, NY.
Though they hailed from upstate New York, the Goo Goo Dolls began as a band enamored of the '80s Minneapolis sound of the Replacements, Husker Du, Soul Asylum, et al. Accordingly, their early albums were fervid punk-flavored items full of barely controlled sonic mayhem and occasional hints of pop songcraft. By the time of 1995's A BOY NAMED GOO, the band had honed its sound to perfection, trimming off the roughest edges and seriously pumping up the pop sensibilities. Sure enough, it provided the Dolls with their commercial breakthrough five albums into their career.
It was the poignant semi-ballad "Name" that provided the band with their all-important radio smash, but in fact that tune was a bit of an anomaly. Though the Dolls had prettied up their approach, most of the songs on GOO were still full-on rockers replete with thick, chugging guitars and bravura drum-bashing, standing in stark contrast to the low-key, acoustic-based "Name." Still, once listeners were drawn in, they had no problem connecting with the more energetic side of the band.
Artist Overview
The angst-ridden alt-rock that bands like Nirvana popularized in the early-1990s eventually branched off into a softer, more mature sound with such groups as the Goo Goo Dolls. Formed in Buffalo, New York in the 1980s, as raw and rowdy Replacements-style rockers, Johnny Rzeznik and company hit paydirt a decade later with the pop ballads "Name" and "Iris." They would remain steady hitmakers for over a decade.
Professional Reviews
Alternative Press (4/95, p.66) - "...With A BOY NAMED GOO, the Goo Goo Dolls again churn out a workmanlike mix of catchy, angst-ridden retro-Replacements and driving, straight-ahead rock..."
Musician (5/95, p.92) - "...Between its bristling, punkish guitars and bright, pop-savvy melodies, this comes on like the greatest album Paul Westerberg never made...giddily infectious..."
Disc 1
1 Long Way Down
2 Burnin' Up
3 Naked
4 Flat Top
5 Impersonality
6 Name
7 Only One
8 Somethin' Bad
9 Ain't That Unusual
10 So Long
11 Eyes Wide Open
12 Disconnected
13 Slave Girl

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