The Goo Goo Dolls
City Of Angels
Easily one of my favorite songs from a film’s soundtrack, “Iris” by Goo Goo Dolls not only epitomizes the heart and soul of the film, “City of Angels” starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan, but captivates as a truly original and mesmerizing song. The music video alone is memorable enough to bring back the emotions that were felt the first time seeing it on MTV.
Fronted by lead singer John Rzeznick, the Goo Goo Dolls have been around since 1986, releasing their biggest album (actually their sixth album in all) in 1995 entitled “Dizzy Up The Girl”, carrying this week’s Song of the Week “Iris”, as well as “Slide”, “Broadway”, and my personal favorite “Black Balloon”. The band has since skyrocketed as one of the most popular bands of the last few decades, recently having released the album “Gutterflower” with the single “Here Is Gone”.
The Goo Goo Dolls have an eclectic sound that is unmatched, adding a richness and heart to the scenes in which they are applied. Whether it be a love scene or simply a touching moment, you know that when a film contains The Goo Goo Dolls, there’s bound to be some emotions. Comparable to The Fray and their unique way with accompanying the highlights of a film, The Goo Goo Dolls round out the list of best bands ever.
The band is no stranger to movies, getting their first few songs on the “Nightmare on Elm Street” sequel “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare”. Their songs were later featured in the films “Son In Law”, “Tommy Boy”, “Twister”, “Batman & Robin”, “Down To You”, “Here On Earth”, and most recently both “Transformers” films. Upon the release of the third film’s soundtrack, the band reprised their role on the album with yet another contribution to the film soundtrack. The band is also featured on several television episodes of “Jericho”, “Smallville”, “Cold Case”, and two years of the “WWE Tribute to the Troops”.
Though many bands have attempted to cover “Iris”, including New Found Glory, another personal favorite band, there is no matching the passion and intensity that The Goo Goo Dolls bring to the song.