The Goo Goo Dolls Biography

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The Goo Goo DollsBand Information

Music Style: Alternative Rock

Country: United States

Year: 1986- Present




John Rzeznik – vocals, guitar (1986-present)
Robby Takac – vocals, bass guitar (1986-present)
Mike Malinin – drums, percussion (1995-present)


George Tutuska – drums, percussion (1986-1995)


The Goo Goo Dolls is an alternative rock band that hailed form Buffalo, New York. The band was formed in 1989 by long time high school friends John Rzeznik, Robby Takac and George Tutuska. Tutuska was later on removed from the band due to royalty disputes over a song that Rzeznik wrote. He was replaced by Mike Malinin in 1994.

The Goo Goo Dolls got their breakthrough into the mainstream with their highly popular hit single, "Name". The next successful single that the band came up with, "Iris", became a highly popular hit soundtrack for the film City of Angels and propelled the band into stardom. This success and widely popular hit single gained a new legion of fans for the band that were attracted to their new, polished and more commercial rock sound. The band then followed up with several other albums that were met with a mix of modest to great success.


Goo Goo Dolls- Released 1987
Jed- Released 1989
Hold Me Up- Released 1990
Superstar Car Wash- Released 1993
A Boy Named Goo- Released 1995
Dizzy Up The Girl- Released 1998
Gutterflower- Released 2002
Let Love In- Released 2006


The Goo Goo Dolls was first known by the name Sex Maggots. The band was forced to change their name by a club owner because the local paper would refuse to print their original name for promotion.

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