Goo Goo Dolls - A Boy Named Goo (CD)

Goo Goo Dolls

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    Categories
    RockAlternative & IndiePopMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    3. Hard Rock
    Number of Discs
    1
    Number of Items
    1
    Title
    A Boy Named Goo
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    093624575023
    Country of Origin
    USA
    Label
    Warner Brothers
    Department
    Music
    Distributor
    WEA (Distributor)
    Mono / Stereo
    Stereo
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    093624575023
    Previews

    Alternative Press (4/95, p.66) - "...With A BOY NAMED GOO, the Goo Goo Dolls again churn out a workmanlike mix of catchy, angst-ridden retro-Replacements and driving, straight-ahead rock..."
    Musician (5/95, p.92) - "...Between its bristling, punkish guitars and bright, pop-savvy melodies, this comes on like the greatest album Paul Westerberg never made...giddily infectious..."

    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Long Way Down
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Burnin' Up
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Naked
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Flat Top
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Impersonality
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Name
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Only One
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Somethin' Bad
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Ain't That Unusual
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] So Long
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Eyes Wide Open
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Disconnected
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Slave Girl
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Long Way Down
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Burnin' Up
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Naked
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Flat Top
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Impersonality
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Name
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Only One
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Somethin' Bad
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Ain't That Unusual
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] So Long
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Eyes Wide Open
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Disconnected
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Slave Girl
    Genre
    Pop / Rock
    Release Date
    10 April 1995
    Country
    South Africa
    Notes

    Goo Goo Dolls: John Rzeznik (guitar), Robby (bass), George (drums).
    Producers: Lou Giordano (tracks 1-11); Rob Cavallo, Goo Goo Dolls (tracks 12-13).
    Engineers: Lou Giordano (tracks 1-11); Jerry Finn (tracks 12-13).
    Recorded at Beartracks Studios, Suffern, New York and Soundcastle, Los Angeles, California.
    All songs written by John Rzeznik or Goo Goo Dolls except "Disconnected" (Mann/Piranha/Secrist/Sinister) and "Slave Girl" (M. Blood/J. Jakimyszyn).
    A BOY NAMED GOO shows that the Goo Goo Dolls have soaked up all the elements necessary to make them a great guitar band. The album's title clearly harkens back to Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue" and its narrator's search for the people who named him; but the Goo Goo Dolls aren't taking that path. They already know their past (straight-ahead post-punk), and A BOY NAMED GOO plots out their present.
    With a smart-alec, bar-band approach reminiscent of the Replacements, the Goo Goo Dolls rage about being "Disconnected"--that "someone pulled the plug." They sound worried on "Long Way Down," realizing that "I don't think I'll make it on my own." "Burnin' Up" offers another key to the Goo Goo Dolls' garage sound by adding a smidgeon of Husker Du (the Bob Mould guitar chimes and Grant Hart's melodic vocal sense are properly reproduced). But it's on the acoustic "Name" that the Dolls' own context emerges. The song complains about "growing up way too fast" in a culture where everything seems borrowed and "re-runs are our history."
    This is what makes the Goo Goo Dolls admirable. They're thoroughly aware of the repetition within today's guitar-rock, and use only the good pieces to evaluate the present. A BOY NAMED GOO shows a band completely aware of their surroundings, and boasts some great guitars in the process.
    Personnel: Johnny Rzeznik (guitar); George Tutuska (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Lou Giordano.
    Recording information: Bear Tracks Studio, Suffern, NY; Beartracks Studios, Suffern, NY; Sound Castle Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Trackmaster Recording Studios, Buffalo, NY; Trackmaster Studios, Buffalo, NY.
    Though they hailed from upstate New York, the Goo Goo Dolls began as a band enamored of the '80s Minneapolis sound of the Replacements, Husker Du, Soul Asylum, et al. Accordingly, their early albums were fervid punk-flavored items full of barely controlled sonic mayhem and occasional hints of pop songcraft. By the time of 1995's A BOY NAMED GOO, the band had honed its sound to perfection, trimming off the roughest edges and seriously pumping up the pop sensibilities. Sure enough, it provided the Dolls with their commercial breakthrough five albums into their career.
    It was the poignant semi-ballad "Name" that provided the band with their all-important radio smash, but in fact that tune was a bit of an anomaly. Though the Dolls had prettied up their approach, most of the songs on GOO were still full-on rockers replete with thick, chugging guitars and bravura drum-bashing, standing in stark contrast to the low-key, acoustic-based "Name." Still, once listeners were drawn in, they had no problem connecting with the more energetic side of the band.

    Date Released
    1999-01-01
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    Goo Goo Dolls
    Artists
    1. Goo Goo Dolls
    Duration
    42m 20s

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