Guilty As Pleasured: The Goo Goo Dolls



There are things in life that we might be ashamed to admit we enjoy. Here's one of mine.

There are things in life that we might be ashamed to admit we enjoy. Things that we would never openly admit to anyone if we valued our self image and strived to avoid the incessant embarrassment of their friends, family, and the ruthless plains of the internet. Like un-ironically laughing at the comedic stylings of Jay Leno or knowing the plot twists of every Twilight book despite being a grown ass man. But years of keeping these admirations hidden will eventually boil to a point where they simply cannot be contained and you are forced to share it them the world. That is Guilty As Pleasured is all about. So after years of living with my secret it's time to finally come out and admit that...

I love The Goo Goo Dolls.

The Goo Goo Dolls were formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York, by vocalist, guitarist, and Shakespeare of a goddamn song writer John Rzeznik. There are also two other dudes in the band. The Goos (as I often refer to them as) are hard to put a thumb on in terms of genre. They're not a grunge band as my male friends have reminded every time I insist on blasting the sick guitar riff of "Slide" (a song about a young couple unplanned pregnancy and the worlds plans to destroy their love) in their car. My most recent crush argued that they aren't exactly a romantic ballad band either, coming to this very wrong conclusion after I serenaded her with "Black Ballon," Rzeznik's ode to his heroine addicted ex-girlfriend. The Goo Goo Dolls seem to completely defy categorization as all great music, nay, art tends to do. The Goo's subject matter knows no bounds. To quote from "Big Machine" their powerful and obviously successful attempt at a rock song ,"Love, and sex, and loneliness. Take what's yours and leave the rest." You best heed their words because when you get on the Goo train (not to be confused with the orgy train that took swingers from Los Angeles to San Diego in the mid to late 70's) you've got no room for your judgmental baggage. You simply gotta take the life changing journey. What strikes me most about The Goos is their ability to tap into a side of me I didn't know I had. A side that, as an uber masculine super mensch of a he-man, I've been trying to hide. A side that wants to pick up my ole' guitar and strum my feelings out with beginner bar chords. A side that will unashamedly make the argument that buying a clunky chain like choker of a necklace is acceptable.

It's true that the Goo Goo Dolls might not be the go to band to bust out when whipping and nay naying at the EDC but thats because most people are scared of confronting their emotions. That and admitting the moment to play a life altering song such as "Name" may have passed them by. Along with a chance to turn to their sibling and let them know that they love them despite their crippling molly addiction. At the end of the day the Goo Goo Dolls will always be the one band I can throw on when while I'm driving to work, alone of course, while feeling the feels of a tight and catchy chorus (you know I'm talking about Iris). So go ahead! Make fun of me all you want for my admiration of the Goos. I'm no longer ashamed. Because when everything's meant to be broken, I just want you to know who I am...

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