The Goo Goo Dolls sat down for an in-depth interview at the Grammy Museum on July 23rd. Within that hour-long interview, we learned so much about this iconic and talented band, much more than we could ever learn in a soundbite on a red carpet. If you’re a real Goo Goo Dolls fan, this is a must-read and enjoy.
- The Goo Goo Dolls have never been too ceremonious; even though it’s the 20th anniversary of A Boy Named Goo and the 30th of the band altogether, there will be no celebration in 2016.
- The Goo Goo Dolls have sold over 10 million records in their career.
- Robbie Takac was a DJ at a gay bar before joining the Goo Goo Dolls.
- “The Pin”, a song on Boxes, was inspired by David Bowie.
- Rzeznik doesn’t like hearing his own voice, something that hasn’t changed since the beginning of the band. “It freaks me out!”
- They are grateful for their delayed success. They thought they might be dead if they became successful at a younger age. “It will put a dent in you.” Their advice to younger artists? “Don’t be too anxious to be famous.”
- Takac saves memorabilia. Rzeznik doesn’t. And they don’t look at it either. Why? “It doesn’t feel like we finished yet,” says Rzeznik.
- They prefer to record on the East Coast even though they live in L.A. They claim that the East Coast, New York in particular, has a different energy and mentality than L.A. for recording.
- Around 15 years ago, the Goo Goo Dolls hired a therapist for the band to deal with their problems. It didn’t work at the time.
- A few of their influences include The Police, Elvis Costello, and The Clash.
- Rzeznik felt like an outcast in his hometown, as well as in his household; he was the only man in a house full of women.
- Rzeznik credits their Catholic background for the band sticking together for so long. “Robbie’s Irish Catholic. He won’t leave no matter what. We also know when to leave each other alone.”
- The Goo Goo Dolls didn’t collaborate with other songwriters on their albums until their 2013 release, Magnetic. Rzeznik and Takac decided to start collaborating only then as writing alone became lonely; they also needed new people, influences, and exposure to write new works.
- Rzeznik was always a “shoegazer” – he hid behind his hair and stared at his shoes while performing. Meanwhile, Takac always had a hard rock energy, which Rzeznik turns to at every show.
- While they’ve won many awards, the only award Rzeznik displays in his house is his Songwriter’s Hall of Fame award he received in 2008.
- Of all songs, they didn’t expect “Name” to be their first hit (in 1996).
- Takac and Rzeznik didn’t write a song together for 15 years until “Over and Over”, the first track on Boxes.
- Rzeznik bought a new suit for his Grammy Museum interview which cost a grand total of $79; it was a suit from H&M. #starsarejustlikeus
- The Goo Goo Dolls played “Slide”, “Rebel Beat”, “So Alive”, “The Pin”, “Name”, and “Broadway” at the Grammy Museum and it was INCREDIBLE.
- Try to listen to any interview with them. Rzeznik and Takac are hilarious and really down-to-earth.
Take a trip back in time and read our interview with Johnny Rzeznik from 2013 about Magnetic!
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