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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Performance CreditsGoo Goo Dolls Primary Artist
Johnny Rzeznik Guitar,Vocals
Robby Takac Bass Guitar,Vocals
Mike Malinin Percussion,Drums
Korel Tunador Piano
Brad Fernquist Guitar
Technical CreditsGoo Goo Dolls Producer,Audio Production
Ken Allardyce Engineer
Glen Ballard Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Michael Brauer Remixing
Scott Campbell Engineer
Bill Malina Engineer
Johnny Rzeznik Composer
Allen Sides Engineer
Rob Cavallo Producer,Audio Production
Steve Genewick Engineer
Paul David Hager Producer,Audio Production
Twins Audio Production
Gregg Wattenberg Composer
Kevin Meeker Engineer
Richard Audio Production
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
if you're like me and have always liked the goo goo dolls' singles, but have never liked them enough to buy a full album, this is a good collection. it has all their singles, some of which were bigger hits than others, but the best ones are "broadway," "here is gone," and of course, "iris." the only thing missing is the song Johnny Rzeznik did for Disney's Treasure Planet, "i'm still here." i always liked that song, but i guess it's not technically a goo goo dolls song, so that makes sense.
Okay, okay, so it’s a “hits” album, not a “best of” album. Admittedly, it’s a solid compilation, reviewing some of the most popular stuff the Goo Goo Dolls did, but it certainly doesn’t include all their BEST stuff. Not all the missing tracks will indeed be ‘missed’ – I was happy to see that none of the Dolls’ ‘other style’ made the cut – but one very disappointing omission is the fan-favorite “Long Way Down” from the album “A Boy Named Goo.” Whether it made money or not, that song should be here! Also, I’m thinking “What a Scene” from the “Gutterflower” album, as well as the somewhat primitive Dolls cuts “We Are the Normal” and “Stop the World,” both from the early album “Superstar Carwash,” would have been solid additions. Oh, and I thought the re-recording of “Name” was an interesting move. I get upset when good bands mess with classic songs – the most typical maneuver being the substitution of a familiar studio cut for a live recording… you know, sort of like substituting Lynyrd Skynyrd’s live version of “Free Bird” over the well-done, studio-recorded radio version, etc. Here, I don’t think you will have to worry about any live version replacements of your favorites the only real irritation is that the Dolls re-recorded “Name.” Don’t get me wrong, the new version is good, but the original wasn’t in need of polishing enough to be replaced, and it was unquestionably one of their most defining songs. Lastly, I’m thinking the inclusion of the very well-recorded cover tune “Give a Little Bit” – even if it wasn’t everyone’s absolute favorite – would have been worthwhile. I’m really hoping the Goo Goo Dolls will come out with another album or two over the course of the next few years (perhaps more than that) and then assemble a more thorough retrospective double-disc album ("Very Best Of"). Until then, we’ve got this hits album. For long-time fans, this is a pretty cool benchmark collection, but for newer or younger fans, I think it’s inadequate to bring you up to speed with what you’ve missed from the Dolls so far. They’ve got much more!
If you watched the movie City of Angels then you are familiar with the Goo Goo Dolls and "Iris". My 14 year old came home from school telling me about this cool "old" song she heard in computer class and did I know it. She started singing the song "Iris". I picked up the greatest hits for her to see if she would like other songs by this band. The album was a hit and she said she liked all the songs, not one song she would fast forward through. I enjoy listening to the album as I run because it is very upbeat and quite motivational for working out to.
I can't understand how you could leave out "Long Way Down". My wife LOVES to run to that song. It's got every other song that she enjoys by the band, but to leave that one out is really disappointing. I guess I'll have to burn my own greatest hits cd and include "Long Way Down".