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Alternative rock group the Goo Goo Dolls were formed in the mid 1980s in New York. While early work was dismissed as simply retreading the path taken by The Replacements, the band soon moved direction to create more mainstream and adult-oriented rock. Happily, this change coincided with the sound becoming vastly popular on the radio, providing the Goo Goo Dolls with a vast audience. 1995 single Name, from the album A Boy Named Goo, was put into heavy rotation across US rock stations prior to its release, helping it to secure a top five berth in the Billboard Chart.
The success of the single Name afforded the Goo Goo Dolls more mainstream success, resulting in the group making appearances on TV shows such as Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed. In 1998, lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls John Rzeznik was asked to write a song for the soundtrack of the movie City of Angels. The resulting track was the worldwide hit single Iris, which was nominated for three Grammy awards. While the track only made number 50 on the UK charts, in the USA it was No. 1 on the Billboard charts for 18 weeks, which set a record for the longest stay at the summit. Subsequent reissues of Iris have seen it chart higher each time in the UK, with 2011's release of the track made number three in the singles charts.
The success of Iris helped to propel the sales of Dizzy Up The Girl, the album which it was released on, and as such it has been certified as triple platinum. The 20th anniversary of the group in 2006 was marked with the release of Let Love In, which featured four massive radio singles in the US, including a cover of the Supertramp track, Give a Little Bit. The album also saw the band beat the records held by Sheryl Crow and Matchbox Twenty of 12 Top 10 hits in the Adult Top 40.
2007's greatest hits album contained a brand new version of the hit Name, as well as a remix of Feel the Silence. The following year saw the Goo Goo Dolls tour extensively, including appearances at Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London and four other dates in the UK. John Rzeznik was also the recipient of the Hal David award for songwriting in 2008.