The Goo Goo Dolls is an American rock band formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York by John Rzeznik and Robby Takac. As for 2009, the band has sold more than 9.5 million records in the United States alone.
The Goo Goo Dolls originally consisted of John Rzeznik (vocals, guitar), Robby Takac (vocals, bass guitar) and George Tutuska (drums, percussion). While Takac and Tutuska had been long-time friends in school, Rzeznik was playing in the band The Beaumonts, with Takac's cousin. The trio picked the current name out of a True Detective ad for a toy called a Goo Goo Doll. With Takac as their lead singer, the band released their first album, Goo Goo Dolls in 1987 on Mercenary Records, but was picked up in 1988 by Celluloid Records, a larger record company. The band released its second album, Jed, in 1989 after moving to Los Angeles.
The band released its third album, Hold Me Up, in 1990 and featured Rzeznik as the lead vocalist on five tracks, including the single, "There You Are" -- as well their then concert favorite, Two Days in February.
The Goo Goo Dolls' third release had incorporated elements of heavy metal, pop rock, and punk rock. Superstar Car Wash, released in 1993, received significant media attention. The critical success and encouraging sales of their last album resulted in a larger budget from Metal Blade Records.
Shortly after recording the band's fifth album A Boy Named Goo, Robby Takac asked George Tutuska to leave the band. They hired Mike Malinin in 1995, and toured rigorously.
A Boy Named Goo sold modestly in this time; however, it was not until the release of the single "Name" that the band experienced any viable commercial success. Rzeznik was approached to write a song for the City of Angels soundtrack, and the end product was "Iris". It stayed on top of Billboard Hot 100 Airplay charts for a record breaking 18 weeks, and was nominated for three Grammys that year.
In 2006, the Goo Goo Dolls marked their 20th anniversary with their new album Let Love In, which included the studio recording of "Give a Little Bit" as well as other top 10 radio singles "Better Days," "Stay With You," and "Let Love In".