Black Balloon (Goo Goo Dolls song)
|Single by Goo Goo Dolls|
|from the album Dizzy Up the Girl|
|Released||June 8, 1999|
|Genre||Alternative rock, pop rock|
|Producer(s)||Rob Cavallo, Goo Goo Dolls|
|Goo Goo Dolls singles chronology|
Meaning and composition
The song, according to lead singer Johnny Rzeznik, is based on a woman who is struggling with a heroin addiction and her lover who is desperately trying to save her. He has also said that it is about "seeing someone you love that is so great just screw up so bad." Speculation as to the exact subject matter of the song has also been attributed to the ex-wife of bassist Robby Takac (who had overdosed on heroin).
Like many other songs by Goo Goo Dolls, "Black Balloon" uses an unusual alternate tuning. Several electric guitars used in the introduction and the acoustic rhythm guitar are tuned to an open D-flat fifth chord. It was half-stepped on the album version.
The video for the song opens with a woman blowing smoke into a soap bubble (a "black balloon"). The video then changes focus and shows various scenes from a 50s or 60s era swim club while the band performs the song. Tracy Phillips is found in this video as well. The video was done by Nancy Bardwell.
During live performances of the song, fans can often be seen inflating black balloons and batting them around in the crowd.
United States release
- "Black Balloon (Radio Remix)" - 4:10
- "Slide (Live)" - 3:33
United Kingdom release
- "Black Balloon (Radio Edit)" - 4:01
- "Black Balloon (Album Version)" - 4:10
- "Naked" - 3:44
- "Black Balloon"
- "Lazy Eye"
- "Naked (Remix)"
- "Flat Top"
The track was moderately successful at rock radio, reaching number 13 and number 28 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, respectively. It also became the fourth pop hit for the band, reaching number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
End of year charts
- "Top Singles - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Archived from the original on 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2010-08-28.