A Boy Named Goo

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A Boy Named Goo is the fifth studio album by the Goo Goo Dolls. It was published on CD on 1995-03-14 and and produced by Lou Giordano, Rob Cavallo, and the Goo Goo Dolls. The songs are mostly a mix of alternative rock and post-grunge.

Shortly after completing the album, the band fired their drummer and original member, George Tutuska who had been with the band for nine years. Tutuska was under the impression that all royalties from their music would be split evenly among the members as they had been with all previous albums, but John Rzeznik had secretly been keeping all the checks for himself because he believed he earned them for writing most of the band's songs. Tutuska demanded equal pay, and was fired and replaced with Mike Malinin, who would also end up being fired after 20 years with the band, again because of Rzeznik, for wanting to take paternity leave to be with his newborn.

Personal

After enjoying Dizzy Up the Girl, my friend Eric, who owned A Boy Name Goo and Superstar Car Wash, but didn't like them, sold them to me. I was expecting more songs like those from Dizzy, but I found the songs to be rather homogeneous and dull by comparison. However, after listening to the album for awhile, it began to grow on me. However, now, after learning about Rzeznik's mistreatment of Tutuska, I began to notice how dull the drum sections are, possibly a result of Tutuska being disenfranchised with the band, or not being allowed creative control, and now it decreases my appeal for the songs.

Status

I own this album on CD.

Track Listing

Track Title Composers Lead Vocals
01 Long Way Down Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac Johnny Rzeznik
02 Burnin' Up Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac, George Tutuska Robby Takac
03 Naked Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac Johnny Rzeznik
04 Flat Top Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac Robby Takac
05 Impersonality Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac, George Tutuska Robby Takac
06 Name Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac Johnny Rzeznik
07 Only One Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac Robby Takac
08 Somethin' Bad Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac, George Tutuska Robby Takac
09 Ain't That Unusual Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac Robby Takac
10 So Long Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac, George Tutuska Robby Takac
11 Eyes Wide Open Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac, George Tutuska Johnny Rzeznik
12 Disconnected (The Enemies cover) Joe Bompczyk, Bob Guariglia, Pete Secrist, Fred Suchman Johnny Rzeznik
13 Slave Girl (Lime Spiders cover) Mick Blood, Richard Jakimyszyn Robby Takac

Media

Song Rank

This is the order in which I enjoy the songs from this album, and their individual song ratings.

Order Title Stars
1 Name 9
2 Long Way Down 5
3 Flat Top 5
4 Only One 5
5 Ain't That Unusual 5
6 Naked 5
7 Impersonality 4
8 Eyes Wide Open 4
9 Somethin' Bad 3
10 So Long 3
11 Burnin' Up 3
12 Disconnected 3
13 Slave Girl 2

The album's total score is 370.

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