How did the band The Goo Goo Dolls contribute to music?

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The Goo Goo Dolls, an alternative rock group, have had fourteen notable hits, and have sold ten million albums worldwide. A garage band that chose their name from an advertisement for a Goo Goo doll in a True Detective magazine, they originally were a punk rock group playing the underground circuit in Buffalo, but developed into heavy metal and pop rock with their third release.

In the mid-1990s, with the release of a single called "Name," from the album A Boy Named Goo, the band gained recognition and popularity. They appeared on television shows such as Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed, and the Album recorded by Metal Blade was the first that this company had that achieved double-platinum status.

Since "Name" was the song that shot the group to fame, it caused the Goo Goo Dolls to switch from alternative rock to a more mainstream adult orientated rock, much to the disappointment of their original following. Then, with the release of the song "Iris" for the City of Angels soundtrack, the group was re-established and rose to fame, appearing on the Jay Leno Show and the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2007. In 2011, they performed at half-time for a couple of bowl games.

Lead guitarist and composer for the group, John Rzeznik, wrote "Always Know Where You Are" and "I'm Still Here" for Treasure Planet, a Disney film.

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