| March 14, 1995|
14 March 1995
Warner Bros. Records
Goo Goo Dolls
| 1994 at BearTracks Studios, Suffern, NY and Trackmaster Studios, Buffalo, NY|
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock, Grunge
Goo Goo Dolls albums, Grunge albums
A Boy Named Goo is the fifth studio album by American rock band Goo Goo Dolls, released in 1995 on Warner Bros. As a commercial success, it has been RIAA-certified as double-platinum.
This is the Goo Goo Dolls' last studio album with George Tutuska on drums; he was replaced by Mike Malinin just before the album was released. This album is the Goo Goo Dolls' first studio album to not have 14 tracks. The song "Stand Alone" was written by George Tutuska, and because Johnny Rzeznik didn't want to exploit George's efforts after his dismissal, the song was only included on a promo version of the album. On the wide-release version, it is replaced with "Disconnected" and "Slave Girl", which were initially B-sides to the "Only One" single. On the same promo, "Ain't That Unusual" was labeled as "Someday". The two replacement songs are covers of songs by defunct Buffalo and Sydney punk bands The Enemies and Lime Spiders.
The song "Name" is well known as the Goo Goo Dolls' first hit. According to lead singer Johnny Rzeznik, the song's unusual composition came about "quite accidentally".
This album also marked the band's last with the Metal Blade Records imprint.
All songs written by Johnny Rzeznik except when noted.
The track listing for advance copies—before George Tutuska was fired from the band—was slightly different.
Haste the Day, a metalcore band, covered the song "Long Way Down" for their album When Everything Falls.
The song "Ain't That Unusual" was featured on the soundtrack of the 1995 film Angus. A remix of the song "Long Way Down" was also featured on the soundtrack of the 1996 film Twister.Johnny Rzeznik – lead and rhythm guitar, lead and backing vocals
Robby Takac – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on tracks 2, 5, 8, 10, and 13
George Tutuska – drums
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