The evolution The Goo Goo Dolls took in the mid-nineties has always been a hot button subject in the music community. Before the band released their breakthrough album A Boy Named Goo in 1995, the band was mainly a straight-up punk rock band, and they even had a record deal with influential punk/metal label Metal Blade Records.
The Goo Goo Dolls have come a long way from their punk rock roots, and today, most fans know them for the crooning, lovable pop band that wreaked havoc on the world with their single Iris. Now, no one seems to realize this band once had all the spikes and torn jeans to stand up to the best punk acts out there.
As a self-proclaimed music snob, I have to admit that proclaiming your love for The Goo Goo Dolls doesn't give you much street credibility. But I'm just going to come out and say it anyway: I love this band. And even though I've surrounded myself by many other self-proclaimed music snobs that share my disdain for most pop music, I know that, deep down inside, they love the Goo Goo Dolls too. Hell, how many times have I let someone borrow my copy of Dizzy Up The Girl? Many times, trust me.
The Goo Goo Dolls released Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 - The Singles this week, and it has a fairly predictable collection of their best songs, at least, in terms of commercial success. All fourteen songs on this album come from their post-Metal Blade Records days, and most of these songs have had significant airplay over the years. Since the album is Volume 1, we have to assume there will be at least one more Greatest Hits albums that may look back in the past, and give a more rounded collection of songs. But for now, Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 - The Singles provides a good look at some of the Goo Goo Dolls better moments in pop music history.