Goo Goo Dolls
Goo Goo Dolls started in Buffalo, N.Y., USA with a Grungy Punk sound influenced by Cheap Trick, Lemmonheads and Descendents with the line-up of Robby Takac (bass; a former DJ), Johnny Rzeznik (vocals/guitar) and George Tutuska (drums) to debut in 1987 with a low quality eponymous debut album that failed to receive widespread international exposure. The follow-up, Jed (1989), featured an odd cover version of a reading of Creedence Clearwater Revival's Down On The Corner presented by guest Lance Diamond.
Metal Blade' took over just as the band was finally gaining momentum with their Punk infused Metal gaining new audiences to release of their third set, Hold Me Up (1990). It would take three years before they returned with Superstar Carwash (1993); an album that proved to be a transitional set that prepared them for their lift to the big time. Mike Malinin had now replaced George in time for the A Boy Named Goo (1995) set, a U.S. 27 charter that featured the U.S. 5 charting Name amongst its numbers. Unlike many of their peers, such as Green Day or Offspring, the Goo Goo Dolls failed to translate their success to the now saturated U.K. market despite having two more radio hits in the U.S. taken from their Dizzy Up The Girl (1998) so far.