After a string of hits in the mid-'90s, there were few people who had not been touched (or perhaps irritated) by the Goo Goo Dolls.
For several years following the band's breakthrough, its raspy, dramatic pop songs seemed to soundtrack every sappy TV or movie moment. Epically emotional hits such as "Name" and "Slide" were inescapable at the grocery store, not to mention during car rides home from the grocery store. But lately the world has been a little less Gooey. That is, until now.
After leaving dedicated Goobers waiting four long years for a record, the band has delivered some new Goo with 2010's Something for the Rest of Us. "I don't write for rock critics. I don't write for art snobs. I don't write to be perceived as some sort of hipster," frontman John Rzeznik says. "Also, we're not a hyperpolished, factory sort of pop band on Top 40 radio now. I'm not demeaning that music, 'cause a lot of people enjoy it.
"But I think there is a vast majority of people who just want to hear some good rock songs. And they want to hear some lyrics that they can relate to and dig into. Rather than just 'baby, baby, baby' or some lofty, pretentious indie rock."