Thursday, May 19, 2011
Hall & Goo
The first time I heard the Goo Goo Dolls was in 1990, I think.
A friend suggested I see them live at CBGBs, describing them as "The Replacements from Buffalo." He wasn't wrong. They were loud and fast and hard, and underneath it all were enough hooks to snag a flounder. Two records, "Hold Me Up" and "Superstar Car Wash" became minor obsessions for about 2-3 years.
Then suddenly, they tasted the big time with the big, sweeping ballad "Iris," from some Meg Ryan movie. Great tune. I was proud of the boys...except that, the next four albums became less of what they were, and mostly just rewrites of "Iris." They even covered Supertramp! (It's actually a very good cover, if you like the song, but that's not the point.)
Listen to it:
I can't blame leader John Rzeznik. He has the chops and the Bon Jovi thing happening with his looks, so why not use them. There has to be more money headlining summer concerts with Michelle Branch than playing 3 minute punk blasts in dive bars. Plus, you get to appear on "Live From Daryl's House," with Daryl Hall.
I say, why not?
Here are tracks from the aforementioned albums I loved for the first half of the 90s. I think they still sound pretty good.
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
CUZ YOU'RE GONE
And check out the performance of "Iris" from "Daryl's House." As big, sweeping, Meg Ryan movie ballads go, I think this is quite fantastic. (The whole show is worth watching, as are most episodes of LFDH.)