5 times the Goo Goo Dolls epitomized the ’90s

Hi, my name is Erin and I saw the Goo Goo Dolls in concert 6 times between the years 2000-2002. They were the very first concert I went to with friends and I was so excited about it. I’d been listening to them since I first discovered them on MTV and I was googly-eyed attracted to Johnny Rzeznik. Also they’re from Buffalo, NY and though I grew up nowhere near Buffalo it was still in New York State (where I did grow up) and it made me feel close to them. So let me be clear that when I saw they were rereleasing “ A Boy Named Goo” for the album’s 20th anniversary (along with 7 unreleased tracks fro 1995), I was STOKED. I will definitely be purchasing this and can’t wait because that and “Dizzy Up the Girl” and every song they’ve ever recorded was the most important thing in my life for a very long time.

They are forever tied to the ’90s for me (because, let me be clear, the ’90s lived on into 2000 and 2001, you see) and here is just a brief celebration of their best (and therefore, most ’90s) moments:

1. “Iris”

Arguably the most ’90s thing about the Goo Goo Dolls — besides being a popular ’90s band — is that they had a hit song, “Iris” written for the Meg Ryan movie, City of Angels.

I remember watching many interviews about this song, obsessing over the music video and bawling my eyes out during movie. The year was 1998 and it was very good year.

2. Johhny’s Hair/His Whole Being

I mean, if you close your eyes and imagine a ’90s lead singer of a band, you conjure Johnny Rzeznik immediately. There’s no other option. The chain bead necklace, the long-sleeve shirt underneath a short-sleeve shirt, the chunky, frosted hair. So very ’90s.

I can’t even handle this gif from “Slide.”

3. That time they were on Beverly Hills, 90210

I got into 90210 late which means the height of my interest in the show converged nicely with the start of my intense Goo Goo Dolls love. They played at Steve’s birthday which is the height of Cool Stuff Rich People on TV Can Make Happen and I love it. (They also appeared on the series finale of the 90210 reboot which is equally amazing but not something I ever saw.)

4. And also on CharmedCharmed is one of the most ’90s shows of all time that I weirdly never watched. (I’d really like to get into it though so please let me know if you think that’s a good idea.) Apparently, the Goo played at P3, Piper and her sisters’ nightclub, of course. Here they are appreciating the fine ’90s tunes. 5. “Name” in general The music video, the lyrics to this song, everything about it is so angsty and ’90s and I LOVEDDDDDDD it. I mean “scars are souvenirs you never lose” COME ON.

Welcome back Goo Goo Dolls, we need more of you in our lives. (Images via Warner Bros, Giphy, WB, Fox, YouTube) Related: Everything I need to know I learned from ’90s songs

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