Dizzy Up the Girl
is the sixth album by Goo Goo Dolls
The Goo Goo Dolls are a Grammy-nominated American rock band formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York, by vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik and vocalist and bass guitarist Robby Takac. Since the end of 1994, Mike Malinin has been the band's drummer, a position previously held by George Tutuska...
, released in 1998.
In most parts of the world, Dizzy Up the Girl
is the Goo Goo Dolls' most successful album to date, selling over 3 million copies (3x platinum certified). The success of Dizzy Up the Girl
can arguably be attributed to the rock ballad "Iris", which was also included in the soundtrack album
City of Angels: Music from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack album for the film City of Angels, released by Warner Bros. Records on March 31, 1998 .-Release history:...
of the film City of Angels
. "Iris" immediately reached #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay
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chart upon its release in March from the City of Angels
soundtrack, and stayed on top for 18 weeks, setting a record that still stands as of June 2011. The song also reached #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock
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chart and the Mainstream Rock Tracks
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chart, along with several other charts in the U.S and U.K, and included 3 Grammy nominations.
In addition to the huge success of "Iris" (US #9), Dizzy Up the Girl
featured three additional top forty singles, with the songs "Slide" (US #8), "Broadway" (US #24), and "Black Balloon" (US #16). The album also produced the moderately popular song "Dizzy" (US #108), which has since become a fan favorite. Along with top forty single status, music videos for all five singles reached VH1
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's Top 20 Music Videos chart upon release.
All songs by John Rzeznik except when noted.
"Dizzy" is a song by the Goo Goo Dolls, written by lead vocalist and guitarist Johnny Rzeznik. It was released as a single from their sixth studio album, Dizzy Up The Girl. The song peaked at #9 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart on January 5, 1999...
" – 2:41
"Slide" is the title of a song recorded by The Goo Goo Dolls. It was released in September 1998 as the first commercial single release from their sixth studio album, Dizzy Up the Girl....
" – 3:33
"Broadway" is the title of a song recorded by the Goo Goo Dolls. The song was released in September 2000 as the last single from their hit album Dizzy Up the Girl...
" – 3:58
- "January Friend" (Takac) – 2:44
- "Black Balloon" – 4:10
- "Bullet Proof" – 4:37
- "Amigone" – 3:15 (Takac)
- "All Eyes on Me" (Rzeznik, Takac) – 3:57
- "Full Forever" (Takac) – 2:52
- "Acoustic #3" – 1:56
- "Iris" – 4:49
- "Extra Pale" (Takac) – 2:10
- ”Hate This Place" – 4:24
- "Iris" (acoustic version) - (Japan Bonus Track)
- Johnny Rzeznik
John Joseph Theodore Rzeznik , also known as Johnny Rzeznik, is an American songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and producer...
– lead and rhythm guitar, vocals, producer
- Robby Takac
Robert Carl Takac, Jr., known as Robby Takac is one of the founding members of the Goo Goo Dolls, along with Johnny Rzeznik. He is the band's bassist and was formerly the lead singer on the Goo Goo Dolls' earlier albums....
– bass guitar, vocals, producer
- Mike Malinin
Michael Theodore Malinin joined the Goo Goo Dolls in January 1995, after a brief jam session with founding members Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac, who were seeking to replace drummer George Tutuska.-Background:...
– drums, producer
- Rob Cavallo – producer
- Ken Allardyce – engineer
- David Campbell – string arrangements
- Greg Collins – assistant engineer
- Steve Gerdes – art direction, design
- Bob Ludwig – mastering
- Jamie Muhoberac
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– piano, keyboards, processing
- Nick Paul - assistant engineer
- Melanie Nissen – photography
- Carmen Rizzo – programming
- Allen Sides – engineer
- Darrell Thorp – assistant engineer
- "Broadway" is a commentary on Buffalo, specifically the worldview of the residents there. This song was covered by then Cleveland Indians
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shortstop Omar Vizquel
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on the CD "Oh Say Can You Sing?"
- "January Friend" came from a trip Robby took in Hawaii
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. He claimed that many strange things came out of a trip to paradise.
- The name "Amigone" comes from a chain of funeral homes in the Buffalo area.
- While Rzeznik and Takac usually write songs individually, "All Eyes on Me" is a collaborative number. "I was so stuck," says Rzeznik, "and Robby had been listening to me sort of sing along with the track in the studio and started jotting down what he thought I was saying. And it worked." Says Takac, "Johnny's songs are a bit more descriptive, and I speak in generalizations. This was sort of cool; we hadn't written a song together like that since SSCW."
- "Full Forever" was inspired by Robby's girlfriend of the time.
- According to Johnny Rzeznik, "Acoustic #3" is intentionally short (running less than two full minutes) in order to prevent it from being released as a single. He wanted the song to be appreciated for what it was, not because it was constantly played on the radio. Incidentally, it is the most popular non-single song on this album (according to iTunes download information) and it remains a fan favorite.
- "Extra Pale" was named for a phrase on a Rolling Rock beer tap. Robby felt that it described his life, at the time.
- "Hate This Place" was intentionally written in the style of The Replacements, because many critics said the Goo Goo Dolls sounded like them.
- "Slide" was covered by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo on his album Covering the Bases
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