Goo Goo Dolls
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The Goo Goo Dolls don't have the gravity of most of their contemporaries. They also have a bit of a credibility problem with the critics, so I think it's a very long shot they will ever get inducted.
Posted by c.w. on Friday, 08.11.06 @ 22:26pm
I agree with c.w. The Goo Goo Dolls have several good songs, but nothing that puts them up with the elite bands.
Posted by A-Killa on Friday, 10.20.06 @ 06:48am
I think the Goo Goo Dolls hit it so big with their ballads and sounstrack hits (Iris, Name) that a lot of people either forgot or aren't familiar with their older more hard rocking songs. Check out some of their earlier albums from the early 90's. Of course, they need a couple more big albums to get into the The Hall.
Posted by Garrett on Thursday, 11.30.06 @ 11:31am
They're that band that's like the Replacements except not good, right?
Posted by Kit on Thursday, 11.30.06 @ 17:10pm
they better get in, if the hall had any sense they would.
Posted by Matt on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 12:30pm
Go to hell Kit,they're way better than some Replacement ass clowns.
Posted by Shawn on Sunday, 05.20.07 @ 05:13am
If they were better than the band they ripped off, they wouldn't have had to rip them off.
Posted by William on Sunday, 05.20.07 @ 06:18am
I don't know if there is just a second S-h-a-w-n out there posting or if this is a stupid joke, but I did not scribe the above comment about the Go Goo Dolls; don't have an opinion on the Dolls actually.
Posted by Shawn Mc on Sunday, 05.20.07 @ 13:56pm
Honestly, listen to Pleased to Meet Me and you'll hear what the Goo Goo Dolls think they sound like.
Posted by Kit on Sunday, 05.20.07 @ 15:35pm
I don't get why everyone says that. They have their own sound and EVERYONE sounds lyk their influences. It's what they like. You know how hard it would be to come up w/ ur own sound completely. If you were a musician u'd know that. I'm not bitchin anyone out I'm just sick of musicians getting put down. You know how hard it is to make everyone like your music. And who cares about the critics. I mean it's the fans that really count. Plus, they've had A Boy Named Goo which went double platinum. And Dizzy up the Girl which went triple platinum. They've also had Gutterflower and Let Love In that both went gold. I say they shuld be put into the rock & roll hall of fame....and u can hate me if u want cuz i really don't care. I'm just tryin to set haters straight...it drives me nuts that this world is so into putting people down for nothing.
Posted by Jenna on Friday, 05.25.07 @ 13:20pm
There's a difference between sounding like your influences and sounding exactly like your influences.
Posted by Kit on Friday, 05.25.07 @ 13:46pm
They have had they stying power for over 20 years..that says alot about them.That alone should be enough for them to get in..not to mention all of their ups & downs with the critics.....have you ever been to one of their live concerts to experience Goo????When you have been to one..let us true Goo fans know!!!!It is AMAZING!!!John Rzeznik can belt out tunes live, better than alot of them...
Posted by Christine on Friday, 05.25.07 @ 14:07pm
If staying together 20 years is all it takes to earn a spot, then I've got a few recommendations...
Posted by William on Friday, 05.25.07 @ 15:47pm
omg i so hope they get in.. they've been a hardworking band for 20 years and they deserve it so much. :) glad they're finally being considered.. geez they wont be inducted (maybe) until i graduate high school tho.. lol so happy anyway tho
Posted by amber on Friday, 05.25.07 @ 20:50pm
they diserve to be there, just as much as Van Halen and all those people. they have more heart and love and compassion than anybobdy. they also had the most hits ever on Adult Contemperary radio...ever. all they're fans, there loyal and true. you might have seen that stupid video around youtube. those people that were talking bad about them. they don't know the meaning of true music. true music is something that brings joy to the poeple who listen to it. now, of coruse you can say that about all music. blah. u people don't understand the way the goo goo dolls touch the lives of there fans. i hope they get in.
Posted by AE on Friday, 05.25.07 @ 22:02pm
As I was looking at all the other eligible aducties, I must admit there are few choices to pick from. You have to look at what they have done for music. And who has actually had the staying power. I don't recall hearing any of the other artist on the list music being played to help the victims of Katrina like The Goo's Better days. That in its self should say something. I beleive they have earned the there place, They put in the effort and grown as a band and still around. You have to have something to still be around and playing to sold out crowds!!!!!!!
Posted by Shannon on Saturday, 05.26.07 @ 07:44am
Honestly, like Christine said, if you ever go to a Goo Goo Dolls concert you could see how they are not like many other bands..sure there are tons of just as good bands on here in albums, theres people that have been around longer than the Goo Goo Dolls, but when you can sound that good on tons of albums, and then AMAZING in concert, you deserve it. If you could only see how they have touched their fans and people who love their music, you probably wouldnt be putting them down so much...
Posted by Carly on Saturday, 05.26.07 @ 09:10am
"..If you could only see how they have touched their fans and people who love their music, you probably wouldnt be putting them down so much..."
Posted by shawn mc on Saturday, 05.26.07 @ 09:23am
The main criteria for induction is significance and influence - both of which the Goo Goo Dolls have.
Posted by susie on Saturday, 05.26.07 @ 11:17am
Susie has said that perfectly! The Goo Goo Dolls will be remembered not only for their amazing lyrics and wonderful hook-filled music, but also for the humanitarian philanthropists that they have become. When they began as an alternative garage band in their native Buffalo, NY, they cited the Ramones, the Clash and Elvis Costello as their major influences in addition to the Replacements. Over a 20-year period, they have evolved into one of the most well-loved and respected bands today. In a country filled with school violence, bassist Robby Takac started a program to help "at risk" teens get involved in art and music education and producing music, which in and of itself, is a lot more than any of his contemporaries are doing presently. He not only produces other bands such as Terry Sullivan, Klear, Last Conservative, and the Julet Dagger, but also hosts an annual "battle of the bands" for the Western New York area high schools' aspiring musicians. I checked out his MIA 2005 which had over 80 acts over a 2 day period in the historic Allentown section of Buffalo, and I was thoroughly impressed with the spirit of cooperation among his all-volunteer team of workers to man the booths, etc. John Rzeznik has penned some of the most poignant lyrics ever written and has recently won another ASCAP award for the song, "Better Days" which has become the anthem for the still struggling survivors of Hurricane Katrina's ravaging of the Gulf Coast. They were invited to open the superdome in September of 2006, for the very first Saints game since the disaster, and helped unite neighbors who had not seen each other in a year. The spirits of all those who attended were uplifted on that day. They have also given their time and energy to USA Harvest, a "grass roots" food bank which serves the local communities where they perform all around the United States by their generous fans donating non-perishable food items at the show which are immediately distributed to the people, no money involved. Bono has stepped up to the plate using his celebrity to bring attention to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa and the Goo Goo Dolls put their hearts and souls into charities in the U.S. and abroad. They personally collected and delivered toys to children of war-torn Bosnia during the conflict there. I can go on about their relevance and perseverance to do what they do in the face of their critics. I haven't even touched on the topic of their love and admiration by and for their fans. That would literally fill a volume by itself. So to imply that they are nothing but power pop eye candy means that you truly do not know very much about this extremely popular band. Unlike the antics of other rock stars cited for spousal abuse and other degenerative acitivites, these guys are the most down to earth, respectful men I've met in the music industry. I challenge these other people to go to a show and you will definitely change your minds. Heart and soul is what each performance is about and there's no place they'd rather be than playing for their fans! I've followed their career from their early days and they have morphed into one of the most sustainable sounds today!
Posted by Teri on Saturday, 05.26.07 @ 23:49pm
The Goo Goo Dolls are the best band around today.
Posted by Marlena on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 07:02am
20 years making music, a sound has become very much their own, haunting lyrics, and guitarists still struggle to figure out how Mr. Rzeznik made his music sound the way it does, with that funky tuning he uses.
Posted by Mrs. T on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 07:05am
wow, some of you people know nothing! the goo goo dolls have broken the record for the 12 songs they had that made the top 10 on the charts. besides johnny's introspective songwriting abilities, robby and mike's unique musical abilities, this band is one of the very few who still write their own music, and don't feed into the bullshit that presides in the industry today. they are there for their fans. they also are humanitarians, and help many causes and organizations whenever they can. i don't know of another band who collects food for the needy at every show they play. they deserve to be inducted for so many reasons, but mostly because the music they play is inspiring and something all their own.
Posted by tina on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 10:13am
"this band is one of the very few who still write their own music,"
Posted by shawn mc on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 11:20am
The Goo Goo Dolls Are Incredible Artists. Johhny Rzeznik Deserves Every Bit of Recognition. All The Boys Have Great Souls.They Have Had The Top Songs on The Charts For The Past 15 Years. Who Cares What The Critics Say. Its What The Fans Want. God Bless Them All. Hurray ....For The Goo's. We Love The Awesome Music. Just Keep on Keepin On.
Posted by Rhonda on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 11:35am
shawn mc-what are you talking about? First of all, you need to be around long enough to see where the industry has been and notice the major changes due to the commerciality and formulaic writing of songs that has become the "norm" in today's scene. I've been around the music scene for as long as the Goos and the bullshit that's being pumped out now is rehashed garbage in comparison to what I was fortunate enough to be a part of in the late 70's, early 80's through now. Can you please explain what your reference to Josie and the Pussycats means? What me and my fellow Goo fans are saying is that music has become a factory lately, having nothing whatsoever to do with expressing "true gut" feelings and observations, but just "bottled" for the masses. You can see this in country music especially and rap too. There actually isn't anything representative of "rock" music like there used to be, and the Goos are as close as you're going to get to an "original" band who keep re-inventing themselves much in the way artists like David Bowie have, changing with their soul's growth spurts and bringing their honest expression to millions of their fans! There isn't many other bands today that have the longevity and relevance that the Goos have, and still continue to make great music! John, Rob, and Mike are going into a studio they just purchased recently in Buffalo to "bring back the rock" and record new material right after this summer leg of their "Let Love In" tour. We are not all just "dreamy-eyed" teens here. As a matter of fact, I am a 44 year old entrepreneur who owns a very successful interior design business and a multifaceted musician myself who plays bass, guitar and keyboards, so I advise you to refrain in making prejudgemental assumptioms here. May I ask your age because you are coming across as a very inexperienced and immature adult? John Rzeznik was asked to appear on a Les Paul tribute album along with contemporary Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. He most recently received an ASCAP award for the amazing song, "Better Days" and on May 4th was invited to play at the Tribeca Film Festival's music lounge for the purpose of showcasing to industry film professional directors and producers and has written one of the upcoming tracks for the Transformers movie to be released on July 4th called "Before It's Too Late", so you can't tell me that he doesn't deserve everything he has accomplished and worked so hard to achieve. Unlike so many fickle and demanding performers, the Goos exhibit the best work ethics in the industry. John has performed with nicked vocal chords, Robby with a badly cut hand and Mike has stepped up to the plate on the night he was told a good friend had passed on, so nothing you say will deter me from my original conviction that the Goo Goo Dolls deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Even they admit if they could turn back time they most certainly would have taken their name more seriously and chose something different and more appropriate for such an amazing band!
Posted by Teri on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 12:16pm
Hey shawn mc - that's misogynistic. If you want to use big words to insult people, you should look up how to spell them first. You seem very focused on how dreamy they are - maybe you're the one with a thing for them???
Posted by susie on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 12:27pm
Very well said, Teri!
Posted by susie on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 12:55pm
The Dolls sound better today than ever and if you go to a concert, you will see people of all ages singing along with them. It's not all about them...they love their fans and give back to society. Yes, I see them in the Hall of Fame. Teri and Susie said it all.
Posted by Linda on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 13:15pm
The Goo's clearly deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, all of their accomplishments prove that. Thanks Teri & Susie for so eloquently pointing out all of the true meanings we are fans. We love the guys for so much more than their looks, after all the songs are what made us interested in the 1st place! They continue to amaze the fans that love & respect them! I look forward to the day they accept the induction!
Posted by Jen on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 15:15pm
The Goo Goo Dolls ARE the BEST!!! John Rzeznik is one of the best song writers of this century. Besides the most heart wrenching, sexy ballads, he has also written some KICK ASS rock songs such as, Bullet Proof, Lazy Eye, Big Machine, We Are The Normal, and soooo many more. His lyrics are beautiful and show in Iris, Here is Gone, Name, Black Balloon, and too many to list. The Goos have had too many chart topping hits to be ignored. Trust me John Rzeznik/The Goos influence is evident in music, I am a musician and if there had been no Goos then I never would have gravitated toward music. Johns' writing is the reason I have become a musician. His songs bred a passion in me to write my own. They HAVE TO BE HONORED!!! Peace, love, and Goo!!!! <3
Posted by Callie Kelley on Monday, 05.28.07 @ 21:14pm
Teri: "Can you please explain what your reference to Josie and the Pussycats means?"
Posted by shawn mc on Tuesday, 05.29.07 @ 12:44pm
"And bring a canned food item."-shawn mc
Posted by William on Tuesday, 05.29.07 @ 17:07pm
shawn mc, Your sarcasm could be expressed in a very interesting political cartoon perhaps but if we're all on the same page here, the rock and roll hall of fame should be relevant to today's needs and include things like promoting music education which the GGD do continously with Robby's MIA and on June 7th, along with VH-1 Save the Music, they are playing the HOB in LA in support of a very special program to give kids a chance to make their lives more meaningful in a world where there is school violence and shootings daily in the urban communities, the breakdown of the American family and kids whose parents are not involved in their lives and they feel lost so they join gangs and end up in prison or dead on the streets! So what have you done lately to make this big bouncing ball a better place to live? Just being famous is not enough to make people respect you, i.e. look at Paris Hilton. Substance and character are not established by the old school rules of smashing guitars and trashing hotel rooms with a bunch of groupies, but looking to the future with an eye to help create and foster the talent that so many young Americans inherently have but are often misdirected and suffer as a consequence.
Posted by Teri on Wednesday, 05.30.07 @ 06:56am
Humanitarianism has nothing whatsoever to do with the merits of the music itself.
Posted by Willliam on Wednesday, 05.30.07 @ 10:16am
That's your opinion William! What a blanket statement! I beg to differ that "humanitarianism has nothing whatsoever to do with the merits of the music itself" because it's at the very heart of what some artists do such as Sting, Bono, Lennon, the list goes on. It is part and parcel of the music they create. It goes beyond humanitarianism to the very soul of particular philosophical ideas imparted in the lyrics in a message that so many can relate to across the world. It speaks volumes to the person listening to the song. I've heard many people say that certain lyrics helped them through a really tough time in their life. John Rzeznik has the ability to write words that resonate with lots of people! Maybe we're speaking differently here. You are referring just to music and I am seeing the totality of music, lyrics and the vibes of a song. Musically, there are some bands in the hall of fame who are not particularly original or earth-moving, however, many guitar magazines have mused at the highly creative and original guitar tunings of John Rzeznik's music! As a matter of fact, I was watching The Song Remains the Same the other night and Jimmy Page is known for unusual tunings as well. Well, I'd say that puts JR and JP in the same "creative genius" category. Certainly, Page, in his prime, was technically more agile than Johnny, and Led Zep's music lent itself to long soloing, but Johnny is the primary songwriter and plays some intricate solos in their live performances in the songs "Naked", "Falling Down", "Long Way Down" and so many from Superstar Carwash and A Boy Named Goo that are simply amazing! Being a musician, I know when someone plays what they feel and someone goes through the motions. In so far as the GGD are concerned, the absolutely play their hearts out! And that goes for all of them too. Robby Takac, the bass player, is like Tigger bouncing around the stage! The amaziing Gooskinsman, Mike Malinin has endurance that rivals Keith Moon in his heyday due to the fact that he is a marathon runner and has a helluva backbeat. Plus now, they have brought on two of the best guys I think they ever played with, Brad Fernquist, guitarist extraordinaire, and multi-instrumentalist, Korel Tunador who plays sax, keys, accordian, guitar, etc. What you may think they lack in technique, they make up for in drive and energy! So what do you say about that William?
Posted by Teri on Wednesday, 05.30.07 @ 11:48am
"So what do you say about that William?"
Posted by shawn mc on Wednesday, 05.30.07 @ 12:32pm
I love it when people invoke Bono's name. Nothing like a guy who moved his business out of Ireland to avoid paying taxes while simultaneously harassing the Irish government for not giving enough money to make you feel all warm inside.
Posted by William on Wednesday, 05.30.07 @ 13:20pm
Actually, shawn mc, what you just rebutted made no sense whatsoever! And William, come on dude, you are saying you never insulted the band-no you insulted ME and the other fans here by saying we are idiots. My previous posts have already proved otherwise. I honestly don't get you and you sure as hell don't get the Goos! Mascara?? That was a PR campaign from the DUTG days back in 1999 for a photographic shoot. These days you won't see a trace of mascara anywhere near them. Now THAT actually has nothing to do with the music! Let me ask you, are you aware of anything beyond Dizzy Up The Girl and Iris? Why didn't you address any of the points I made? Are either of you guys musicians? Critics are people who never made it themselves in the industry they criticize so easily. Let me ask you-when was the last time you received an ASCAP award for songwriting or wrote a song for a film's soundtrack? Yeah, I thought so! You are not debating this very well guys. Your finer points are totally lost in your ignorance I'm afraid. I'm done here. Closing arguments gentlemen?
Posted by Teri on Wednesday, 05.30.07 @ 17:06pm
What's the point of fighting over what a band has done? The Goo Goo Dolls have been recognized as talented musicians, even if it's not by all the critics. I doubt too many people only listen to what the critics are saying - they're there to criticize, hence the name, and half the time that's all they do.
Posted by Kim on Wednesday, 05.30.07 @ 17:06pm
Teri, it's stupid to assume that you have to be a professional to criticize. Are you a professional? Criticism entails both the positive and negative, you know.
Posted by William on Wednesday, 05.30.07 @ 17:29pm
Since I don't appreciate being called stupid and being insulted by others who have no social skills, I feel this is going nowhere so I will bow out gracefully here. No one will convince you of things you obviously have already made your mind up about and I will continue to do what makes me happy and content, namely, play music I love, design interiors for my clients, and give back to the community! Have a great day-I know I will!
Posted by Teri on Wednesday, 05.30.07 @ 17:45pm
Are you just not a very good reader? Again, I did not criticize them or their music. I was merely calling you out on bag logic. Whether they are great or awful, innovative or derivative, influential or insignificant, that has NOTHING to do with their charity work. If they incorporate humanitarian lyrics into their songs, then that's something because it is actually part of the music, but the non-musical aspects, such as the donating money to charities, is not part of the music. It is not tied into either their influence or innovation. It is irrelevant.
Posted by William on Wednesday, 05.30.07 @ 17:51pm
I'm calling you out William on your elitist attitude that I've now witnessed firsthand on other potential nominees such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers and I agree with one of the posters there who said you and Kit need to go get a room! I've made many more points about the Goo's music, lyrics and relevancy than about their philanthropy. CAN YOU NOT READ?
Posted by Teri on Wednesday, 05.30.07 @ 18:31pm
And guess what? I didn't care to argue any of those points. Whether I agree or not, they did not immediately strike me as wrong the way that did.
Posted by William on Wednesday, 05.30.07 @ 22:50pm
"Oh, and Shawn - I've seen better tactics to get someone's goat from boys at my high school. Nice try."
Posted by shawn mc on Thursday, 05.31.07 @ 00:47am
"I will continue to..design interiors for my clients, and give back to the community!"
Posted by shawn mc on Thursday, 05.31.07 @ 00:54am
shawn mc-You don't know me so how dare you criticize me? I am an interior designer-yes-and also do charity work. Does that seem odd to you that I should design spaces for a living yet also do community service work? You strike me as a very narrow minded individual! Go back to the rock you crawled out from under-please!
Posted by Teri on Thursday, 05.31.07 @ 07:47am
William, the only one who is listening to you repeat yourself over again is YOU! I've got to get to work now. I'm not into arguing with you-simply stating the reasons I feel the GGD will surely be voted into the HoF-that is all. They still have five more years ahead to continue makeing some amazing songs so we shall see, won't we? And even if they never grace the halls there, they have a very devout following that no amount of statements by musicial snobs like you will ever change. Have a great day! P.S. I've played in a few very well known bands-just saying-now what have you been doing in music that makes you such an authority besides listening? Also, who do you feel should be inducted among the Goo's contemporaries who started playing in the late 80's-early 90's?
Posted by Teri on Thursday, 05.31.07 @ 07:55am
"William, the only one who is listening to you repeat yourself over again is YOU!"-Teri
Posted by William on Thursday, 05.31.07 @ 09:02am
Teri, you state that you have played in "a few very well known bands", and then ask William what he has done in music to make him an authority. That does not really prove anything. Some of the most insightful commentators on music are not well known musicians themselves. Someone can make a study of the subject and devote a lot of time to it and become an "expert", regardless of whether they themselves have been up on the stage before. Not that I am saying William is such an expert, but I am responding to your point.
Posted by Dezmond on Thursday, 05.31.07 @ 09:03am
The Goo Goo Dolls deserve this more then anything! not only have they touched lives with there amazing music... but they have also taken part in many organizations, Goo Goo Dolls have help many groups, such as the amazing
Posted by Amber McDaniel on Thursday, 05.31.07 @ 14:46pm
I love the goo goo dolls!
Posted by BETHANY MCDANIEL on Thursday, 05.31.07 @ 14:50pm
"Does that seem odd to you that I should design spaces for a living yet also do community service work? Go back to the rock you crawled out from under-please!" - Teri
Posted by shawn mc on Thursday, 05.31.07 @ 16:29pm
Yes, that does eem odd to me; I say you're a damn liar. You ride around in a rusted out VW Bus following the Goo-Goo Dolls from concert to concert and beat the homeless with a cricket bat if they can't recite the lyrics to "Slide". You should be ashamed.
Posted by Teri on Thursday, 05.31.07 @ 18:03pm
So, first, I would be curious to know what "well known" bands you've played with. Are we talking well known in the local clubs around your little town, or are you saying that you are really Pete Townshend posting under the pseudonym of "Teri"? Just curious. Secondly, many musicians come across as idiots if you sit down and talk to them, so just because you are a self-proclaimed musician does not mean you have any more analytical insight than anyone else. Ever heard an interview with Bruce Springsteen? I admire his music greatly, but the guy can't seen to put a complete sentence together in a conversation. I'd get more out of reading old reviews by Lester Bangs vs. interviews with Springsteen, yet Springsteen is the musician.
Posted by Teri on Thursday, 05.31.07 @ 18:12pm
Hey William! I'm still waiting to hear your answer to my question as to who deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that began around the same time as the Goos?
Posted by Teri on Thursday, 05.31.07 @ 18:17pm
Let's see...Mudhoney, Fugazi, Guided by Voices, Kyuss, Slint, The Pixies, Mother Love Bone, Dinosaur Jr., The Jesus and Mary Chain, Living Colour, Jane's Addiction, My Bloody Valentine...Any of those would be fine inductions.
Posted by William on Thursday, 05.31.07 @ 19:23pm
"Let's see...Mudhoney, Fugazi, Guided by Voices, Kyuss, Slint, The Pixies, Mother Love Bone, Dinosaur Jr., The Jesus and Mary Chain, Living Colour, Jane's Addiction, My Bloody Valentine...Any of those would be fine inductions."
Posted by Teri on Friday, 06.1.07 @ 07:21am
It's all about influence and innovation, not "obscurity," which is one of the weakest and most overused arguments I've seen (in other words, entirely expected from someone like you). You'll find those I've listed featured on many bands' list of influences, and I and others have spoken on their innovations on several of their pages here. Your ignorance notwithstanding, they deserve it, and I'd argue they deserve it more than the Goos, who you might be surprised to find are far from a "household name" today.
Posted by William on Friday, 06.1.07 @ 09:38am
Teri - "I'm familiar with about 2 out of 12 you have written so how is it that an obscure band would get into the hall before a household familiar name like the Goo Goo Dolls?"
Posted by shawn mc on Friday, 06.1.07 @ 09:45am
Teri, you weren't one of those silly back-up singers-for-hire shaking their ass and a tambourine on lots of random tours, were you? Is that what you mean by "musician"?
Posted by Dezmond on Friday, 06.1.07 @ 09:59am
Teri, you weren't one of those silly back-up singers-for-hire shaking their ass and a tambourine on lots of random tours, were you? Is that what you mean by "musician"?
Posted by Teri on Saturday, 06.2.07 @ 09:42am
shawn mc, name-calling is not my forte. If you want to have an intelligent discussion that's fine. Yes, rubbed elbows with legends Bowie and Gilmour. No, haven't heard of the names you listed except for a few. Obscurity doesn't get you into the RRHOF unfortunately. It's popularity which is the vote of the people and your peers that gets you into it. And what you said to me could apply to you and the Goos. And I quote you-" And you are arrogant/ignorant enough (what a fabulous combination!) to impugn the quality of their songs, thier innovation, their influence, their very worth simply on the grounds that you've never owned one of their CDs? You don't even recognize them, and yet you feel no qualms about dismissing them? Missy, you're a lunk." This goes back to you actually.
Posted by Teri on Saturday, 06.2.07 @ 09:51am
Your chauvinistic attitude berates women! If it weren't for me and Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie, there wouldn't be The Juliet Dagger and the girls that are out there rockin' today.
Posted by PJ on Saturday, 06.2.07 @ 10:28am
Teri - "It's popularity which is the vote of the people and your peers that gets you into (the r&r hall)."
Posted by shawn mc on Saturday, 06.2.07 @ 11:03am
Goo goo dolls are by far one of the best bands around, please listen to them from their beginings and you guys will find so much rock n roll in their souls is just amazing how john robby and mike now writte songs, thats is the beauty of rock and roll now a days
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Posted by ricko on Wednesday, 08.8.07 @ 11:44am
I hope to see that the GGD do get inducted. so many people over look them as a great rock n roll band. no they are not the "best" ever but they give so much more depth and emotion to the rock-n-roll genre so to speak. They have stuck together for 20 yrs and have belted out some of the greatest written and sounding songs. If you look back to the late 80's they have more the "punk rock" sound to them., but in respect and what people should realize is with time they mature and grow in their song writing and sound. I say give them a listen and you'll be surprised! I've loved them from the beginning and will always think they are truely a talented group with out doubt! :)
Posted by Danielle on Friday, 09.14.07 @ 13:12pm
"They have stuck together for 20 yrs"
Posted by liam on Friday, 09.21.07 @ 10:29am
I'm from Buffalo [home of the Goo Goo Dolls] and every 14 year old girl here loves them and would disagree with me on this one but I don't think that they should be included in the RRHF just because they don't have enough credibility and they simply arent good enough. Sorry.
Posted by Alex on Saturday, 04.12.08 @ 19:42pm
They are my absolute favorite band and I think that they are amazing. They have definitely made their mark on the music industry..however..i just don't think that they are good enough to be up there with serious legends such has The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Prince, The Eagles, Queen, Aerosmith, and all the others.
Posted by Amy on Friday, 06.13.08 @ 17:45pm
I'm b-a-a-c-k to say that I was in attendance as John Rzeznik received his very richly deserved award from Paul Schaeffer at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards last Thursday, June 19, 2008 held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The entire acceptance speech and performance of "Slide" done with the house band is up on youtube now. To those of you who have stated that he lacks the gravity of his contemporaries, I am here to prove you wrong once again. Let the record show that Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys, John Legend and John Meyer were previous recipients of the Hal David Starlight Award for songwriters who had made a significant impact on the music industry and now John Rzeznik joins them in 2008!
Posted by Teri on Thursday, 06.26.08 @ 17:49pm
Those contemporaries you listed are all very shitty and have little to no critical respect. This only confirms that he's a populist songwriter, nothing more.
Posted by Casper on Thursday, 06.26.08 @ 18:10pm
Well Casper, you aren't a very friendly ghost are you? I attended the John Mayer/Colbie Callait show last night and he did the most phenomenal cover version of Jimi's "Axis-Bold As Love" and "The Wind Cries Mary" I've ever heard and apparently the thousands of others agreed. So I disagree vehemently with you. He and his band also did an 11 minute 20 second rendition of "Gravity" that was musical genius so again, your nasty words have no affect on me. I love you music critics-always the first ones to rip others. And what may I ask are your credentials to pose as a defamer of John Mayer, John Rzeznik and the rest?
Posted by Teri on Friday, 07.11.08 @ 18:52pm
I think he may have worked for Pitchfork previously.
Posted by ??? on Friday, 07.11.08 @ 19:59pm
This is w/out a doubt the most hilarious series of posts I've read so far. I'll toss in my two cents here as well.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 07.12.08 @ 07:20am
Teri, after reading what you wrote about being in a well known band as well as your age, I have a question.
Posted by joker on Monday, 07.14.08 @ 15:23pm
Dear god, some of these Goobers are making the best case for them not to be in.
Posted by Eric on Monday, 08.4.08 @ 14:59pm
If they are judged by how the music touches people's lives then they are definitely IN! I could write a book about the fans who have confided in me how the Goos and John Rzeznik's lyrics particularly have saved them in times of despair. His words seem to resonate with the fans on a deeply personal level. In this day and age it's not just about record sales (particularly because of the fact that people are free to simply buy and download a song at a time and not have to buy the entire cd and that is the case with all artists not just the Goos) but I have to say their sales are absolutely fine and they have had major sold out shows across the world during 2006-2009 after the release of Let Love In. I like the Foo Fighters but do not think they are in the same league as the Goos. I was there at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square on June 19, 2008 when John Rzeznik received his well deserved Hal David Starlight Award for relevance and excellence in penning songs! The previous recipients were John Mayer, John Legend, Rob Thomas and Alicia Keys. Paul Schaeffer introduced John and spoke of the impact his music has had on an entire generation and would continue to do so into the future! And no, I'm not Teri Nunn from Berlin. And I'm no soccer mom either. I'm a musician who recognizes gifted and talented artists. Just because John's music doesn't resonate with you personally doesn't mean it fails to do so with the tens of thousands of fans he has here in the States and around the world! Again respectfully submitted,
Posted by Teri on Saturday, 01.31.09 @ 13:36pm
I think they get in but truthfully i think they could care less if they get in the hall. a lot of bands could care less, they are just doing what they do best, recording and playing music. i know rush said a little while ago that they could care less if they are in the hall, its just a museum that has inducted bands that are soo far from rock that it shouldnt be call the rock n roll hall of fame anymore. and plus does being in the hall really make you sell more records? probably not
Posted by mike on Saturday, 02.7.09 @ 22:52pm
i think they will because they have done great on the charts and johnny has wrote one of the greatest songs ever. "Iris". even name, slide, broadway, big machine, stay with you and better days are unbelieveable. they will be in the hall of fame within a few years
Posted by heath scantlin on Wednesday, 02.11.09 @ 16:31pm
Ya know, the Goo Goo Dolls have written some fine songs over the years.
Posted by Tommy on Monday, 06.1.09 @ 17:41pm
However, I believe in a "Small Hall." That is a term that I picked up from folks who debated the merits of electing more or less baseball players into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Those who use this argument believe that "the less that are inducted, the more prestigious that recognition of acceptance is."
Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 06.1.09 @ 18:37pm
I will expand it, and add a bit of why. I think I could probably come up with about 100 names that I think could or should be included, which would still shrink the size of the Hall a great deal...
Posted by Tommy on Monday, 06.1.09 @ 21:05pm
i think the goos should definately be put up there.they really are a great band and deserve to be up there....they've been through alot(especially john)not just as individuals,but as a whole band.john doesn't focus on writing about sex and drugs and girls(although he used to a little on some of the older albums but robby used to write most of the lyrics)but he's grown up since then and writes songs with more meaning.lots of bands credit the goos as an influence.
Posted by sophie on Friday, 06.19.09 @ 09:26am
666 Votes for the Goo Goo Dolls. Creepy, right?
Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.1.09 @ 17:42pm
The single most underrated band of all time. The Goo Goo Dolls. Name one band who has a better non-popular and should have been big record than Superstar Carwash. And it's by far their best and most complete to date. The band may be one of if not the only "real" band to break it big after Nirvana. And The Goo Goo Dolls done it their own way. When there was hair metal, grunge and rap rock. They played punk, modern, hard alternative garage rock n' roll. The Replacements should be given credit for the infulence cast over Johnny Rzeznik. The Goo Goo Dolls took what the Replacements had and left behind to make it into their own thing. Johnny Rzeznik just may be the greatest singer of all time but it's the lyrics he sings that no others have written before. You only wish there were a band today who had the courage to write within the soul and not around. They have ripped off no one and should be rewarded as now one of the most influential bands of this generation. Unlike most other bands they waited a long time for success. Why should they wait any longer.
Posted by Luke on Thursday, 11.12.09 @ 22:25pm
Not a very acclaimed act- and, the percentage shown here supports that. (most of these % chances are spot on, save for a couple).
Posted by JR on Saturday, 02.13.10 @ 21:53pm
could someone explain to me exactly how the Goo Goo Dolls ripped off the Replacements?
Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 11:19am
I agree with Tommy. Making the list more exclusive would help better define who gets in and would cause the hall of fame to be more respected as a whole. As to whether the Goo's deserve it or not... hard to say. I do like them and I'd like to say that A Boy Named Goo and Dizzy Up the Girl helped change the sound of rock for a generation but i certainly wouldn't be surprised if they didn't get in, I feel there are certainly others who deserve it equally if not more. I would argue that A Boy Named Goo while good was not the cusp of their success, rather it was the last album that still had traces of a moderately successful Replacements copy off at best, and a mediocre grunge band at worst. Had they kept that sound it would have inevitably made them just another grunge band following far more talented acts like Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Sound Garden, etc. It was the success of their power ballads that influenced the rock of the era if they had stuck with the grungier sound that some on this list seem to suggest they would have passed by unmourned, as a band that lived in the shadow of the replacements and never could get out. As to the comment above mine John has admitted several times he took from the Replacements and wrote one of his songs with them. And finally this is a reverence to the older comments on this list. Tina I doubt you will ever read this comment but fan girls like you are why it is hard to take these bands seriously based on merits alone.
Posted by John Cv on Thursday, 04.1.10 @ 22:19pm
I like some of their stuff (I even own "Dizzy Up the Girl"), but I just don't think they're important enough for induction.
Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 07.21.10 @ 16:31pm
Goo probably won't get into the Hall, but John Rzeznik should get into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Posted by Brian on Tuesday, 07.27.10 @ 22:53pm
Posted by Dann on Saturday, 07.31.10 @ 18:34pm
Why would anyone want this Great Band in the Hall of Fame????
Posted by Pat Iannitti on Wednesday, 09.1.10 @ 19:47pm
Actually, Rush have sold somewhere between 40 and 49 million records. There are 139 musical artists who have at least 50 million records sold, so no Rush aren't even close to the 3rd best-selling band of all time.
Posted by Sam on Friday, 09.10.10 @ 09:05am
I personally love these guys. And after seeing one of their concerts, I loved them more- it's hard to find bands that are just as good live as they are on their albums. And the new one "For the rest of us" isn't the greatest... but they are epic. Just flat out amazing. UwU
Posted by Yo on Wednesday, 09.29.10 @ 10:57am
I think they should get in for one reason. They have the most top 40 songs on the Adult Top 40 chart than anyone, and they just keep growing on it, 14 and counting. I think if you have a record for most charting songs on any chart, you should at least be looked at and not overlooked
Posted by mike on Thursday, 12.9.10 @ 12:50pm
Having the most charting songs on a chart doesn't change the fact that a band sucks. When i hear the Goo Goo Dolls i don't think they are a legendary band that should be enshrined in a hall of fame i think well maybe Helen Keller didn't have it so bad after all.
Posted by Greg on Thursday, 12.9.10 @ 14:29pm
They are probably not Hall worthy, but they do have some catchy songs.
Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 12.10.10 @ 07:39am
the goo goo dolls would be nothing without the original drummer George Tutuska, their original drummer, and my Uncle. HE started the band, and he wrote most of their hits when they first started, including "falling down" ... he deserves more credit than the other two talenless clowns... guitar player sucks and has a bad voice, bass isnt anything special.. and they can barely write.. George Tutuska made them what they are today, and they just dumped him out on the street
Posted by Dan on Tuesday, 01.24.12 @ 18:22pm
Please everyone stop referencing iris. Please take a look at there older work. Lucky star for instance has some grate vocals by Takac. Rzeznik is not there only lead singer, although he is good.
Posted by Evalyn on Thursday, 02.16.12 @ 11:32am
"If I read correctly, the Goo Goo Dolls have sold 10 times as many albums as the Replacements and if the Replacements are better they would have sold more"
Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 02.18.12 @ 16:08pm
Wow, I'm in complete agreement. That could be one of the dumbest statements I've seen around here in a long time.
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 02.18.12 @ 16:15pm
backstreet boys have sold more than dylan, don't make them better.
Posted by GFW on Saturday, 02.18.12 @ 17:08pm
I didn't even notice that before. Stupid stupid, not to mention completely irrelevant
Posted by Sam on Friday, 02.24.12 @ 18:58pm
If the beastie boys can get in than its sad if the goo goo dolls can't Johnny rzeznik is already in the song writers hof make it happen
Posted by Joey on Sunday, 01.13.13 @ 01:32am
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.13.13 @ 07:09am
They Stand for everything Rock and Roll IS NOT about, abandoning their integrity to be a boy band. I would rather see Asking Alexandria get it (they may suck, but at least they made it based on THEIR ideas and not what labels wanted them to do. and even they are better sounding.)
Posted by Steam Junky on Saturday, 08.2.14 @ 00:32am
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