A Boy Named Goo

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A Boy Named Goo
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 14, 1995
StudioBearTracks Studios, Suffern, NY and Trackmaster Studios, Buffalo, NY
ProducerLou Giordano, Rob Cavallo, Goo Goo Dolls
Goo Goo Dolls chronology
Superstar Car Wash
A Boy Named Goo
Singles from A Boy Named Goo
  1. "Only One"
    Released: February 1995
  2. "Flat Top"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Name"
    Released: September 26, 1995
  4. "Naked"
    Released: January 1996
  5. "Long Way Down"
    Released: March 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[6]

A Boy Named Goo is the fifth studio album by American rock band Goo Goo Dolls, released in 1995 on Warner Bros. As a commercial success, it has been RIAA-certified as double-platinum.


This is the Goo Goo Dolls' last studio album with George Tutuska on drums; he was replaced by Mike Malinin just before the album was released. This album is the Goo Goo Dolls' first studio album to not have 14 tracks. The song "Stand Alone" was written by George Tutuska, and because John Rzeznik didn't want to exploit George's efforts after his dismissal, the song was only included on a promo version of the album. On the wide-release version, it is replaced with "Disconnected" and "Slave Girl", which were initially B-sides to the "Only One" single. On the same promo, "Ain't That Unusual" was labeled as "Someday". The two replacement songs are covers of songs by defunct Buffalo and Sydney punk bands The Enemies and Lime Spiders.

The song "Name" is well known as the Goo Goo Dolls' first hit. According to lead singer John Rzeznik, the song's unusual composition came about "quite accidentally".

This album also marked the band's last with the Metal Blade Records imprint.

Walmart controversy[edit]

On June 5, 1996, the band's label, Warner Bros., released a statement claiming that Walmart had decided to stop selling A Boy Named Goo because some Walmart customers had complained that the album cover was offensive. The statement claimed that some customers had incorrectly thought that the child on the cover was smeared in blood rather than blackberry juice. Walmart acknowledged that they had decided to stop selling the album, but denied Warner Bros.'s claim that this was because of complaints about the cover art, instead ascribing the decision to weak sales.[7] Of the reports that Walmart customers had thought that the child on the cover was smeared in blood, Rzeznik said, "The name of the album is A Boy Named Goo. The picture is of a boy covered with goo. What part of this concept are they unclear on?"[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Rzeznik, except where noted.

1."Long Way Down"3:28
2."Burnin' Up" (Rzeznik, Takac, George Tutuska)2:29
4."Flat Top"4:30
5."Impersonality" (Rzeznik, Takac, Tutuska)2:41
7."Only One"3:18
8."Somethin' Bad" (Rzeznik, Takac, Tutuska)2:30
9."Ain't That Unusual"3:19
10."So Long" (Rzeznik, Takac, Tutuska)2:33
11."Eyes Wide Open" (Rzeznik, Takac, Tutuska)3:56
12."Disconnected" (Joe Bompczyk, Bob Guariglia, Pete Secrist, Fred Suchman) (The Enemies cover)3:00
13."Slave Girl" (Mick Blood, Richard Jakimyszyn) (Lime Spiders cover)2:17

Original track listing[edit]

The track listing for advance copies—before George Tutuska was fired from the band—was slightly different.

1."Long Way Down"3:39
4."Flat Top"4:30
6."Your Name"4:31
7."Only One"3:18
8."Something Bad"2:31
9."Someday" ("Ain't That Unusual")3:22
10."So Long"2:33
11."Stand Alone"3:43
12."Eyes Wide Open"3:57

Covers and media appearances[edit]

Haste the Day, a metalcore band, covered the song "Long Way Down" for their album When Everything Falls.

The song "Ain't That Unusual" was featured on the soundtrack of the 1995 film Angus. A remix of the song "Long Way Down" was also featured on the soundtrack of the 1996 film Twister.




Year Chart Position
1995 U.S. Billboard 200 27
Canadian RPM Albums Chart 15
Year Title Peak chart positions
Australia (ARIA Charts) Canadian RPM Alternative 30 Canadian RPM Singles Chart New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40
1995 "Only One" - - - - - - 36 - - 21 -
"Flat Top" - - - - - - - - - 38 -
"Name" 64 1 2 43 5 2 1 5 2 1 2
1996 "Naked" - 10 42 - - - 9 - 47 8 -
"Long Way Down" - - - - - - 25 - - 7 -

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[9] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ "Album of the Day". Rhino Entertainment. March 14, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "A Boy Named Goo – Goo Goo Dolls". AllMusic. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  4. ^ McKeough, Kevin (March 16, 1995). "Goo Goo Dolls: A Boy Named Goo (Warner)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  6. ^ Harris, Keith (2004). "Goo Goo Dolls". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 338. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Reece, Douglas (1996-06-29). "Wal-Mart Halts 'A Boy Named Goo' Reorders". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 64.
  8. ^ "Wal-mart Shoppers' Protest Goo Goo Dolls' New Album". Orlando Sentinel. 1996-06-09. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  9. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Goo Goo Dolls – A Boy Named Goo". Music Canada. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Goo Goo Dolls – A Boy Named Goo". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 4 June 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.