Goo Goo Dolls (album)

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Goo Goo Dolls
Goo Goo Dolls - First Release Mercenary.jpg
Studio album by Goo Goo Dolls
Released June 9, 1987
Recorded Winter 1986, The Farm Surrey
Genre Punk rock
Length 34:00
Label Mercenary, Celluloid
Producer Goo Goo Dolls
Goo Goo Dolls chronology
First Release
Alternative Cover
Reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Goo Goo Dolls, also known as First Release, is the debut studio album by American rock band Goo Goo Dolls. All of the songs are sung by bassist Robby Takac, who was originally the band's lead vocalist. It is the hardest to find of all the band's studio albums, being only an LP, out of print, and not in wide circulation to begin with. The song "I'm Addicted" was the only song from Goo Goo Dolls represented on the band's 2001 compilation album, What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce. The song "Torn Apart" was also included on the compilation album Volume Two, which consisted of other album tracks, b-sides and rarities.

The album was recorded in three days during the winter of 1986, on a $750 budget at Trackmaster's Studio in Buffalo. The band admitted in their 1999 VH1 Behind the Music special that the album was recorded under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Rzeznik stated "[We had] a lot of beer, a lot of truck stop speed, a lot of pot...[I] don't remember a lot of it."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Torn Apart" 2:05
2. "Messed Up" 1:49
3. "Livin' in a Hut" 2:40
4. "I'm Addicted" 2:58
5. "Sunshine of Your Love" (Cream cover) 2:48
6. "Hardsores" 1:31
7. "Hammerin' Eggs (The Metal Song)" 2:27
8. "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (Blue Öyster Cult cover) 2:18
9. "Beat Me" 2:26
10. "Scream" 1:50
11. "Slaughterhouse" 3:38
12. "Different Light" 2:04
13. "Come On" 2:14
14. "Don't Beat My Ass (With a Baseball Bat)" 3:12