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Goo Goo Dolls on New Album ‘Miracle Pill,’ Chart Record-Holder ‘Iris’ & Being Grateful for Fans ‘Making the Journey With Us’

John Rzeznik & Robby Takac visit the Chart Beat Podcast for a chat & performance.

Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what’s on the charts … is on the charts, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights.

This week, Gary and Trevor welcome special guests Goo Goo DollsJohn Rzeznik and Robby Takac – for a three-song performance (also watchable here) and an exclusive conversation.


The band stopped by Billboard‘s New York offices ahead of the Sept. 13 release of its 12th studio album, Miracle Pill. Among topics covered are the evolution of Rzeznik’s songwriting and the group’s 1998 smash “Iris” (originally released on the City of Angels soundtrack), which still holds the record for the most weeks – 18 – spent at No. 1 in the history of the Radio Songs chart.

Mostly, though, the conversation drifted to such topics as class inequality in 2019 and how people treat each other, and how positive change could be enacted going forward.

A few excerpts:

Takac on the band’s beginnings:
“We were crazy. We were just kids playing for a case of beer every night, waiting for the whole thing to implode. And, all of a sudden, it’s 10 years later and it hasn’t imploded yet and you’re like, ‘Wow, maybe we can really do this.’ “

Takac and Rzeznik on over three decades of building their fandom:
Takac: “We’ve had the luxury of seeing what happens when your band stays together. A lot of the people who listen to our music, and started listening to our music when they were in college or high school – when we were in college – grew up, too. They came along with us.”

Rzeznik: “The fact that our audience has been making the journey with us … every day somebody comes up to me and says, ‘That song really helped me through a difficult time,’ or ‘That’s me and my wife’s song’ or ‘This song means something to me because of …’ It’s humbling to hear that. You’re something special in someone’s life, even if it is for three minutes.”

Rzeznik on listening to a Goo Goo Dolls song on the radio (or not):
“I change it, unless it’s a new song and I want to hear how it sounds on the radio.

“I have this dreadful image of me driving down Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, with the windows rolled down, and our song comes on … and I’m sitting there listening to it and some guy pulls up next to me and thinks, ‘Hey, it’s that guy from the Goo Goo Dolls … he’s listening to his own music. What a jerk!’ “

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