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March 20, 2001


Collection Features Songs From Six Previously Recorded Albums.

This coming May, Third Rail/Hollywood Records will release EGO, OPINION, ART & COMMERCE by multi-platinum recording artists the Goo Goo Dolls, to Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, South Africa and Australia. Comprised of remixes of previously released recordings, the album offers to overseas fans some of the group's best loved songs, and will introduce a whole new international audience to the works of a band that Melody Maker once dubbed "the messiest pop-rockin' geniuses ever spawned by Buffalo."

EGO, OPINION, ART & COMMERCE is a distinctly diverse collection of twenty-two original songs from a band whose limitless musical stylings will stand the test of time. Songs were selected from the group's six critically acclaimed albums, GOO GOO DOLLS, JED, HOLD ME UP, SUPERSTAR CARWASH, A BOY NAMED GOO and DIZZY UP THE GIRL, all recorded between 1987 and 1998. Every song has been remixed and remastered and represents the Goo Goo Dolls unique flair for combining power punk guitar-driven rock with melodic pop hooks, a reputation that has established them as one of the biggest success stories of the last decade. Songs like "Girl Right Next to Me," "Burnin' Up," "Name" and "Bulletproof" attest to founding members, guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac's versatility as songwriters and demonstrates how the trio, which includes drummer Mike Malinin, has evolved musically since forming in upstate New York in the mid-eighties.

Frequently performed favorites like "Two Days in February" and "Lucky Star" are highlights at Goo Goo Dolls concerts, and the audience's response to those and other previously recorded songs, encouraged the group to enter the studio to review their collected works. "Making this record was like looking at a bunch of photo albums from high school�so wild, all of these bizarre memories came rushing back," explains Takac. "Such a long time had passed since we'd even gone back and listened to the early records. This was a great opportunity for us to introduce to the rest of the world some of the things we did in the United States in the 80's and early 90's. All those records lead us to our current situation and we had a blast putting this one together."

In 1995, after years of rigorous non-stop touring, success was bestowed upon the Goo Goo Dolls with the release of their fifth album a BOY NAMED GOO. The group received national recognition when almost a year after the album's release, they had their first major hit with "Name." When "Name" reached No.5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the band was able to perform to larger audiences, and gained much needed national exposure with performances on television programs like the Late Show with David Letterman and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 1998, the group's compellingly addictive ballad "Iris" appeared on both the soundtrack to the film CITY of ANGELS and on the band's sixth release, DIZZY UP THE GIRL. "Iris" went on to break radio airplay records, reaching the No. 1 spot on six separate Billboard charts. To date, DIZZY UP THE GIRL has sold over four million copies worldwide. The massive success of "Iris" and four other hits from the album, "Slide," "Black Balloon," "Dizzy" and "Broadway," brought critical raves and propelled the band to stardom. "Iris," "Slide," "Dizzy," and "Black Balloon" accumulated over a million plays* at radio stations across the country, and "Iris" and "Black Balloon" garnered several GRAMMY nominations.

For the past two years the Goo Goo Dolls have toured extensively throughout the United States and have earned an enthusiastic international following as well. They have played to audiences in England, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Australia, where DIZZY UP THE GIRL reached platinum status. In December of 1999, the Goo Goo Dolls performed for thousands of U.S. military personnel in Spain, Italy, Germany and Bosnia, and escaped serious injury in a plane crash after performing on board the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy in the Mediterranean.

This past July, googoodolls.com was re-launched as the official, artist-operated band website. The group takes a hands-on approach in running the site, offering users the opportunity to communicate with band members and other fans. "The Daily Goo" features daily correspondence directly from the Goo Goo Dolls and is the inside source for news and updated information on the group. Fans can hear unreleased music and enter contest giveaways to win Goo Goo Dolls autographed band memorabilia, guitars and one of a kind items. Tee shirts, CD's, and other merchandise are also available through the website. googoodolls.com will provide up to the minute details and information on the release of EGO, OPINION, ART & COMMERCE.

The Goo Goo Dolls are signed with Hollywood Records for the world outside North America and Japan. Hollywood's International's licensees include Edel Records for Europe and UK, Festival Records for Australia/New Zealand, SONY Music for Southeast Asia, SUM Records for Latin America and Gallo Records in South Africa.

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