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Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls

Date: Oct 29 2007

Themes: Music


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Ask David Hasselhoff. Once your career is over in the United States, it has just begun abroad. This star of Baywatch was washed up here before the ‘90s hit, but around the same time he began a successful music career in Germany.

Punkers gone pop, The Goo Goo Dolls, are no different. Though their popularity has severely decreased since their hit 1995 album A Boy Named Goo, they are still doing well overseas and still contributing to movie soundtracks.


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Marni:  So, what do you think about the Goo Goo Dolls? They’re this band that sort of…I lump them in this sort of genre of bands that’s like, “Wow, you still have a career?”

Mason:  Yeah, I put that in the like, bands-I-liked-when-I-was-in-junior-high category. But they do really well internationally.

Marni:  They do. And I think they have talent, I just…it’s kind of the same. Old.

Mason:  I mean, I remember when they first came out, hearing an interview with the guy, “Yeah, I wish we could change our name but then we kind of got big.”

Marni:  Well, they have changed their name. They were called something else, some like, Sex Maggots or something…

Mason:  Oh, ‘cause that’s better…

Marni:  Well, they wouldn’t print up the fliers so they changed it to the Goo Goo Dolls, which is actually based on a real character. But they were sort of like…whatever…they were supposedly punk and then they sort of morphed into this very radio-friendly...They have a new song…They have a song on the new Transformers film.

Mason:  What was that song they had on the City of Angels movie?

Marni:  “Iris”?

Mason:  That’s totally what it was.

Marni:  Big hit though, it was a big hit.

Mason:  Such a friggin’ tear jerker.

Marni:  Well, you know, people like it.



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Like many people who grew up with the Goo Goo Dolls, Marni is amazed that they are still playing music. Mason writes the band off to groups he used to like when he was a pre-teen.

But Marni insists the band has talent. Maybe their silly name has a lot to do with how they aren’t taken very seriously in the US. Apparently they wanted to change it but it was too late because they were already famous. At least the Goo Goo Dolls is better than the first name they used: Sex Maggots.

And even though Mason thinks it’s ridiculous that the Goo Goo Dolls are still at it, they have a new song on the Transformers soundtrack. Luckily it’s not as sentamental as “Iris,” the band’s song from City of Angels.

Are there any bands you like that you would guess most Americans are totally over?



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tiger lilly


12:21 PM Nov 04 2007 |



I like brand ,because they are families.ha ha …..Who can tell me their well—knowen songs?

Thanks !

05:54 AM Nov 04 2007 |


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03:53 PM Nov 03 2007 |




Goo Goo Dolls that I'v never heard. But I konw the band called westlife, it is very nice for the song of this band named dreams come true. And also I like the band "back street boys", they were well-known in my country ten years ago.I love R&B music so much,it's cool!

Actually music is an energy for people to get closer.FANS NO FENCE!

05:42 AM Nov 03 2007 |



thanks very nice prattic

09:43 AM Nov 01 2007 |



good man


08:32 AM Nov 01 2007 |





08:30 AM Nov 01 2007 |




I luv it

07:07 PM Oct 30 2007 |


El Salvador

all the people here is kind of crazy, I mean not only because they didn´t know anything of the goo goo dolls (bad name), but is good for us practice our englis in 

04:58 PM Oct 30 2007 |




I like them.especially on the stage:)

03:37 PM Oct 30 2007 |



ok , I dont know the GooGooDolls verywell but Iknow that the music can hellp peaple how suffring by war or by terrorisme ,these peaple neads to be happy .Laughing

06:47 AM Oct 30 2007 |



thats untrue ,because quran treats all  human suffrings

03:08 AM Oct 30 2007 |



I like it

02:36 AM Oct 30 2007 |




i  saw city of angels two years ago i liked it very much and its soundtrack was beautiful but i didnt know goo goo dolls's music while i was listening it .

08:17 PM Oct 29 2007 |




hey tottiahmed they are awsome i like them too men.I mean westlife.

04:51 PM Oct 29 2007 |




I have no idea about goo goo dolls that doesn't mean am alargic for movies and this kind of things.is it? 

04:44 PM Oct 29 2007 |



what is the name of the track they hadin transformers?



04:44 PM Oct 29 2007 |




I like "Westlife" They have a great songs but I don't think they are fanpus in the unites states! I don't know why?!

04:40 PM Oct 29 2007 |



I saw "Transformers" instantly when it is shown in my country.But obviously I didn't pay any attention on the new song of Goo Goo Dolls.Actually I don't know about it.Maybe when next time,I see it again,I will notice it.

BTW,it seems that I am easily moved by a movie,any kind ,so many movies are tear jerker for me!:)

03:13 PM Oct 29 2007 |



well ,I thing that we've sometihings more important than the Goo Goo Dolls to

speak about it , but anyway … thank uyou.Wink

02:05 PM Oct 29 2007 |

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