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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 9, 2002
RecordedAugust–December 2001 at Icon Recording Studios and Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA, and House of Blues Studios, Encino, CA
GenreAlternative rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Goo Goo Dolls chronology
What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce
Live in Buffalo: July 4th 2004
Singles from Gutterflower
  1. "Here Is Gone"
    Released: March 5, 2002
  2. "Big Machine"
    Released: September 17, 2002
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club(average)[4]
Blender3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[5]
PopMatters9/10 stars[6]
Q3/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard (de)(8/10)[9]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[7]
Slant2.5/5 stars[8]

Gutterflower is the seventh studio album by the alternative rock band Goo Goo Dolls. It was released in 2002 on Warner Bros. Records. It is the follow up to their critically successful albums Dizzy Up the Girl and A Boy Named Goo. The album was commercially successful upon its release, hitting #4 on the Billboard 200.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Johnny Rzeznik, except where noted.

1."Big Machine" 3:10
2."Think About Me" 3:58
3."Here Is Gone" 3:58
4."You Never Know"Robby Takac3:08
5."What a Scene" 4:24
6."Up, Up, Up"Takac2:58
7."It's Over" 3:35
8."Sympathy" 2:58
9."What Do You Need?" 3:48
11."Tucked Away"Takac3:13
12."Truth Is a Whisper" 4:00


"Here Is Gone" and "Big Machine" have been the only two songs released from this album as singles and videos have been created for both. A video for the promotional single "Sympathy" was also released.

"Big Machine"[edit]

John Rzeznik refers to this as his "disco song". "I’m really horrible at programming drum machines, but this was like pattern 74 on my drum machine, which said 'disco.' I called all my friends and said, 'Check this out, this is my disco song!'" He describes it as "a propulsive tale of unrequited love". "Big Machine" was occasionally performed live on a smashed Stratocaster guitar that Rzeznik has fondly nicknamed "The Half-Caster". Despite being smashed in half, it still plays. It can be seen in a 2002 VH1 Storytellers special. Rzeznik stated that he had someone fix it up and it works just fine.

"Here is Gone"[edit]

John Rzeznik wrote this song on the phone while talking to a friend. He asked his friend if he should "take the chords up or take 'em down?" and the friend told him to "take 'em up" and that's how he came up with the chorus and the rest of the song came together shortly thereafter.

According to Rzeznik in 2007, the video for this song cost more to produce than the entire Gutterflower album itself.


  • Upon release, Gutterflower received generally positive reviews from critics. In fact, although The Goo Goo Dolls' multi-platinum album Dizzy Up the Girl (which was Gutterflower's predecessor) sold around 3,000,000 more albums than Gutterflower, reviews were equally positive.
  • In 2005, Gutterflower was ranked number 499 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[10]




Chart Position
Australia (ARIA) 23
Canadian Albums Chart 8
Germany (GfK Entertainment Charts) 43
New Zealand (Official New Zealand Music Chart) 37
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 20
UK Albums Chart 56
U.S Billboard 200 4


Year Title Peak chart positions
Australia (ARIA) New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) UK Singles Chart U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40 U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks
2002 Here Is Gone 40 17 100 18 18 15 3 21 29
Big Machine 77 - - 64 69 31 10 - -
2003 Sympathy - - - 115 - - 10 - -


Organization Level Date
RIAA – U.S. Gold July 9, 2002


  1. ^ a b c "Critic Reviews for Gutterflower". Metacritic. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  2. ^ "Goo Goo Dolls - Gutterflower - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Gutterflower - The Goo Goo Dolls". Allmusic.
  4. ^ Thompson, Stephen (April 9, 2002). "The Goo Goo Dolls: Gutterflower". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  5. ^ Farber, Jim (April 8, 2002). "Gutterflower Review". Entertainment Weekly.
  6. ^ Ellis, Andrew (June 6, 2002). "Goo Goo Dolls: Gutterflower". PopMatters. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  7. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony (March 27, 2002). "Goo Goo Dolls: Gutterflower : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 9, 2006. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  8. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (April 6, 2002). "Goo Goo Dolls: Gutterflower". Slant. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  9. ^ Schleutermann, Marcus. "Rock Hard". issue 181. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  10. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 7. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.

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