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Hard to believe it, but at one point all the Goo Goo Dolls ever wanted to be was the Replacements — nothing more than a ragged band playing kickass rock & roll along with the occasional heartbroken ballad. Of course, they were never as chaotic as the 'Mats; they were good guys where Paul Westerberg and company were ornery, unpredictable artists, prone to self-sabotage, legendarily throwing away their potential breakthrough gig on Saturday Night Live. That wasn't the Goo Goo Dolls. They never met an opportunity they didn't turn down, slowly morphing from baby Replacements to the cheerful rockers showcased on this 2007 compilation, Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: The Singles. This 14-track collection picks up the tale with 1995's A Boy Named Goo, which not so coincidentally is where the band abandoned its 'Mats aspiration and started being the alt-rock band that played by the rules (even then, Boy's breakthrough hit, "Name," is re-recorded here, the better to make it fit with the pop of their later years). Where all their peers shunned power ballads, the Goo Goo Dolls embraced them, slowly turning into a group that specialized in soaring ballads and anthems. Surely there was an audience for this, since the Dolls ruled the adult Top 40 charts throughout the 2000s as they kept refining and smoothing their blueprint out. They were reliable, they satisfied fans, and for those fans, this Greatest Hits will satisfy.

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Greatest Hits

The Goo Goo Dolls are one of my favourite bands on my ipod. The songs they produce are just incredible. Iris is the best song they have done, and that song was the reason i started listening to GGD. This is a good album if you don't own all their albums. It would of been nice if there were some new songs on here, but it does have Before It's Too Late which was a song for the Transformers movie. My rating is 8/10. Top 6 1 - Iris 2 - Sympathy 3 - Stay With You 4 - Dizzy 5 - Better Days 6 - Before It's Too Late Song Ratings : Let Love In - 9/10 Dizzy - 9/10 Here Is Gone - 8.5/10 Slide - 8.5/10 Stay With You - 10/10 Before It's Too Late - 10/10 Broadway - 9/10 Feel the Silence - 8/10 Better Days - 9.5/10 Big Machine - 8/10 Black Balloon - 9/10 Sympathy - 10/10 Iris - 10/10

A Band of two halves...

In the early 90's I fell in love with a snotty power punk trio called Goo Goo Dolls who were on an independent label and rattled out Replacements' style riffs and knock about choruses. They had comedy covers on every album (CCR and Prince both got guest lounge singer The Incredible Lance Diamond's unique treatment) and were as chaotic as they were inconsistent. Their first 4-5 albums had stunning highlights and scrappy throwaways in equal measure. But they were a fun proposition always. These songs come from a completely different sound, and a completely different approach and as a result The Goo Goo Dolls of MTV USA and many a movie Sountrack fame are for all intents and purposes a completely different band. Just the same 3 guys and the same name remain. That's not to say I don't like this Goo Goo Dolls. And this model is definetley the more successful. All the AM radio polish you could wish for lies in these 14 tracks. Iris, Name, Black Balloon, Here Is Gone are all wonderful examples of modern radio rock. But if you want to hear the Best Of The Goo Goo Dolls as opposed to the Greatest Hits, check out the compilation album from about 7 years ago entitled Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce. Here they did something unique. On the cusp of their big change in sound, they re-recorded the highlights from their back catalouge. Changed the arrangements and made a record which bridged 2 minute punk bursts with titles like Up Yours and I'm Addicted to ballads like We Are The Normal and the sublime 3 Days In February. This set is only half the story. And it's not the fun half. Here's hoping Vol 2 sets the record straight.


While their music isn't exactly earth shattering, it still remains awesome. They are one of my favourite bands and are pretty much timeless. Don't just listen to the beautiful Iris, because they sure have more than that to offer. My favourites on this album are: -Slide -Dizzy -Sympathy -Broadway -Let Love In -Before It's Too Late But all the tracks are amazing. I recommend it to anyone.


Formed: 1985 in Buffalo, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Early in their career, the Goo Goo Dolls were frequently dismissed by critics as mere imitators of the Replacements; however, they refined and mainstreamed their sound to become one of the most popular adult alternative rock bands of the 1990s, selling millions of records to audiences largely unfamiliar with their influences. That's no knock on the band, either -- the music simply improved in craft and accessibility as the years progressed, and radio happened to be receptive to a style that, one...
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