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“I was in a bad spot”: the darkness behind the Goo Goo Dolls’ new album

Iris turned the Goo Goo Dolls into stars. But booze and burnout meant they nearly didn’t make it to their new album, Boxes

Goo Goo Dolls formed in Buffalo, New York in 1986 by singer-guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac, but it wasn’t until their two-million-selling fifth album, 1995’s A Boy Named Goo, that the band broke through. The follow-up, 1998’s Dizzy Up The Girl, did even better and yielded their best-known song, the Rzeznik-written hit Iris. New album Boxes, their eleventh, marks a return to tuneful blue-collar rock after a number of fallow years.

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