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Jed begins an important transition in the Goo Goo Dolls' career, refining their mixture of aggressive punk energy and melodic power pop hooks. Most importantly, guitarist Johnny Rzeznik occasionally sings lead for the first time in a move that would pave the way for the band's creative and commercial ascent. His contributions on "Up Yours" and the hilarious, acoustic "James Dean" provide some of the album's most memorable moments, while bassist Robby Takac lends his wonderfully raspy voice to revved-up tracks such as "Out of Sight," "Sex Maggot," and "Road to Salinas." Also included are boisterous covers of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Down on the Corner," which marks the group's first collaboration with Buffalo lounge singer The Incredible Lance Diamond. While not the Goo Goo Dolls' best album, Jed hints at the greatness that would come with its follow-up, Hold Me Up.

Biography

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,...
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