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Boy Named Goo (1995)

Artist: Goo Goo Dolls
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Format: CD
Sku: 60144435
UPC: 093624575023
UPC 14: 00093624575023
Release Date: 3/14/1995
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Long Way Down ~ Goo Goo Dolls
2. Burnin' Up ~ Goo Goo Dolls
3. Naked ~ Goo Goo Dolls
4. Flat Top ~ Goo Goo Dolls
5. Impersonality ~ Goo Goo Dolls
6. Name ~ Goo Goo Dolls
7. Only One ~ Goo Goo Dolls
8. Somethin' Bad ~ Goo Goo Dolls
9. Ain't That Unusual ~ Goo Goo Dolls
10. So Long ~ Goo Goo Dolls
11. Eyes Wide Open ~ Goo Goo Dolls
12. Disconnected ~ Goo Goo Dolls
13. Slave Girl ~ Goo Goo Dolls

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Goo Goo Dolls: John Rzeznik (guitar), Robby (bass), George (drums).
Muze PNote Producers: Lou Giordano (tracks 1-11); Rob Cavallo, Goo Goo Dolls (tracks 12-13).
Muze PNote Engineers: Lou Giordano (tracks 1-11); Jerry Finn (tracks 12-13).
Muze PNote Recorded at Beartracks Studios, Suffern, New York and Soundcastle, Los Angeles, California.
Muze PNote All songs written by John Rzeznik or Goo Goo Dolls except "Disconnected" (Mann/Piranha/Secrist/Sinister) and "Slave Girl" (M. Blood/J. Jakimyszyn).
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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."
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Personnel: Johnny Rzeznik (guitar); George Tutuska (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Lou Giordano.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/14/1995
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1995
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 9362457502
Music Label Name Label : Metal Blade
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00093624575023

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..."

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