"A Boy Named Goo" is in my opinion the best Goo Goo Dolls have been delivered so far during their career. Ok, "Dizzy Up The Girl" may have some better songs when it comes to hits, but really think this album is better as a whole and got a better sound. It is cleaner, less-produced, and this was when the Goo Goo Dolls were hungry and really creative in my opinion. Does even think that we draw a parallel to Metallica and their "black album" where they became a huge band, but after that loosed a lot of creativity. "Dizzy Up The Girl" made John Rzeznik and the other very rich, but has since then gone the over-produced and radio friendly way. No, 1995 was a good year for alternative rock when grunge was dying out and the more melodic bands like Goo Goo Dolls took over the charts. This is one of the best albums from the era and the song "Name" continues to this day to sound just fantastic. Classic album!
The Goo Goo Dolls initially consisted of John Rzeznik (vocals, guitar), Robby Takac (vocals, bass guitar) and George Tutuska (drums, percussion). While Takac and Tutuska had been long-time friends in school, Rzeznik was playing in the band The Beaumonts, with Takac’s cousin. The three founded the band under the name "Sex Maggots". However, when a club owner booked the band, he requested they change the name, as the local newspaper could not print their current name. The trio picked the current name out of a True Detective ad for a toy called a Goo Goo Doll.